328 Support Services has selected Rockwell Collins as the provider of the In Flight Entertainment (IFE) system that will be installed on the next two 328DBJTM VVIP interiors. The two 12-seat executive jets, which are being converted for Nigerian-based SkyBird Air will have the system installed at 328 SSG’s headquarters at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport, Munich. Delivery is planned for late summer.
The newly developed Rockwell Collins cabin management product called “Venue” offers a number of benefits for the 328DBJTM VVIP cabin. The IFE product features the latest generation of high definition screens, intuitive interfaces for users, and provides a home cinema experience in the air. The unit offers an IP-based, network-enabled system which enables passengers to stay connected in flight with connectivity provided by Aircell. Passengers will also be able to connect portable media devices such as their iPod® or iPhone®. Importantly Venue is also lighter than its competitors, has a shorter hardware delivery time, and can be tailored to specific customer requirements. The units are competitively priced which fits with 328’s strategy of providing “affordable luxury” in the air.
SkyBird Air is aiming to start airline operations in Africa this summer with a 32 seat D328 passenger regional airliner which was handed over to SkyBird Air in February following refurbishment by 328 SSG. The interior reflects the same design, materials and details that will be installed on the two SkyBird Air 328DBJTM aircraft
Special features of note in the new VVIP 328DBJ TM interior include an innovative galley concept that maximises space in the forward cabin generating nearly half a metre more working space. The main cabin which has been stretched measures 10 m long, 2.15 m wide and 1.8 m high providing an overall feeling of a heavy jet cabin interior, and can accommodate both a lounge and conference area. With redesigned ceiling and side wall panels featuring electric window blinds and slim-line PSU’s, the 328DBJ TM genuinely feels roomier than previous Envoy models.
328 Support Services has also approved a set of LED external lights from EmteQ Europe that allow operators to make savings on regular maintenance costs. Ray Mosses, Head of Sales for 328 Support Services, said, “we continue to try and offer our customers a cost effective luxury aircraft, which remains important in the current economic climate. Customers who choose to purchase a 328DBJ TM can save up to a third of the price of purchasing a new aircraft with the equivalent luxury interior.”
328 Support Services also makes interiors or individual monuments for other aircraft types and will be showcasing a VIP exhibit at EBACE Stand 1851 (Hall 5). The company also produces non-328 monuments and interiors such as VVIP galleys for two Airbus A340s, B737 moisture protection bays and Do228 avionics’ racks and has expanded its workforce at its German Oberpfaffenhoffen facility to 180.