MASTER OF REIN­VEN­TION

AMAC Aero­space Stream­lines Air­craft Ser­vices

Jetgala - - CONTENT - by Ka­t­rina Bal­maceda Uy

WHEN IT COMES TO AIR­CRAFT IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN AND IN­STAL­LA­TION, THE SPOT­LIGHT TENDS TO SHINE ON IMAG­I­NA­TIVE AND SO­PHIS­TI­CATED CON­CEPTS. One turns heads with cab­ins in­spired by the sea, Zen phi­los­o­phy, or sci-fi. But a mark of true ex­per­tise is the abil­ity to rein­vent parts of the air­craft that tend to be ubiq­ui­tous — even on pri­vate jets — be­cause they are typ­i­cally hid­den from pas­sen­gers’ view.

AMAC Aero­space, a com­ple­tions and main­te­nance com­pany that po­si­tions it­self as a one-stop shop for VIP and VVIP air­craft own­ers, makes both cre­ative con­cepts and rein­ven­tion pos­si­ble. This en­tails a com­bi­na­tion of en­gi­neer­ing, me­chan­i­cal, and crafts­man­ship ex­per­tise, and what the com­pany calls the “tac­ti­cal in­ter­link­ing of hangars and work­shops”. AMAC also ac­quired JCB Aero SAS, a French lux­ury air­craft in­te­rior de­sign firm, in 2016.

“The great­est chal­lenge in this line of busi­ness, though, is de­liv­er­ing air­craft com­ple­tions on time whilst achiev­ing stan­dards of qual­ity. Main­tain­ing a con­tin­u­ous work­flow is key to achieve strict time man­age­ment for each pro­ject,” says Waleed Muhid­din, vice pres­i­dent of strate­gic op­er­a­tions and busi­ness devel­op­ment for AMAC Aero­space. AMAC achieves this by of­fer­ing slot po­si­tions for new projects and

THE COM­PANY PO­SI­TIONS IT­SELF AS A ONE- STOP SHOP FOR VIP AND VVIP AIR­CRAFT OWN­ERS

main­tain­ing client re­la­tion­ships. The com­pany also main­tains good con­nec­tions to in­di­vid­ual ven­dors and strong pro­ject man­age­ment lead­ers.

AMAC’s wide range of in-house com­pe­ten­cies al­lows it to achieve com­plex air­craft com­ple­tions projects, of­ten with­out the need for out­sourc­ing ser­vices, and thus re­duc­ing sup­ply chain has­sles and turn­around time. If a de­sign calls for ex­otic wood, for in­stance, AMAC can bring in sam­ples of dif­fer­ent species from in­ter­na­tional lum­ber­yards, work with the client to se­lect one, and man­u­fac­ture a ve­neer. If such ve­neer has not been pre­vi­ously used on air­craft, AMAC can un­der­take test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to sub­stan­ti­ate and qual­ify the ma­te­rial for fi­nal in­stal­la­tion.

This may be why Kadri Muhid­din, AMAC’s group ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, CEO and co-founder, is fond of say­ing: “No re­quest is too am­bi­tious.” AMAC’s com­ple­tion of a VVIP B747-8i in 2015, for in­stance, re­quired 500,000 man- hours, as well as 700 kilo­me­tres of ca­bles built into the cabin, out of sight. For a Mid­dle East­ern client’s Boe­ing 777-200LR, AMAC in­stalled an Arab-style ‘ma­jlis’ seat­ing area, four ca­banas with ad­justable seat con­fig­u­ra­tions, and fi­bre op­tic light­ing that mim­icked an evening desert sky. The com­pany is also de­vel­op­ing a build­ing process aimed at re­duc­ing the weight of crit­i­cal cabin mon­u­ments by as much as 30 per cent.

On the tech­nol­ogy front, AMAC is also up to speed, hav­ing de­vel­oped sev­eral sup­ple­men­tal type cer­tifi­cates for the in­stal­la­tion of the Ka-band sat­com sys­tem on busi­ness jets, in­clud­ing a BBJ 3. This year, it will in­stall a Ka-band sys­tem, de­signed to en­able broad­band class data con­nec­tiv­ity as well as a live TV sys­tem, on Air­bus A340 air­craft owned by Sky Prime, a char­ter provider in Riyadh. AMAC also claims to be the first com­ple­tion cen­tre to have in­stalled 4K cabin mon­i­tors in an air­craft.

When AMAC de­signs and fits out air­craft cab­ins, it does so with fu­ture main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties in mind — a fore­sight gained from its MRO busi­ness. This means adopt­ing a method of in­stal­la­tion that is user-friendly to main­te­nance teams, help­ing to re­duce down­time. For in­stance, it uses spe­cial con­nec­tors that al­low ac­cess to the air­craft’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem to avoid re­mov­ing ma­jor cabin struc­tures when fix­ing mi­nor faults.

Since 2010, AMAC has de­liv­ered 10 VIP and VVIP com­ple­tions, as well as nine re­fur­bish­ment and mod­i­fi­ca­tion projects on Boe­ing, Air­craft and Bom­bardier pri­vate jets. With four hangars in Basel and a new one in Bo­drum, Turkey, the com­pany has in­creased its ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­vide air­craft com­ple­tions and re­fur­bish­ment. For all the doom and gloom pre­dicted by pri­vate jet in­dus­try trend-spot­ters, AMAC’s busy hangars cer­tainly shine like a bea­con of op­ti­mism.

“NO RE­QUEST IS TOO AM­BI­TIOUS”

AMAC’s wide range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­duces the need to out­source ser­vices

VIP and VVIP in­te­rior com­ple­tions and re­fur­bish­ments are all man­u­fac­tured and fi­nalised in-house

ABOVE AMAC’s MRO fa­cil­ity in Basel, Switzer­land

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