February 20, 2015
Ardmore, Okla. (Feb. 20, 2015) – Following the successful delivery of its first green BBJ exterior paint project, King Aerospace has been recognized by Boeing Business Jets and is now included in the manufacturer’s prestigious directory.
According to King Executive Vice President Keith Weaver, the BBJ1 was delivered on time and on budget and the painting represents another significant step toward the company’s expansion of its comprehensive capabilities for narrow-body cabin completion and refurbishment, as well as maintenance, overhaul and repair (MRO).
“The mica pearl paint scheme came out perfect, the people from Sherwin-Williams were ecstatic, and the customer wrote a letter of reference to Boeing recommending us,” said Randy Johnson, director of corporate aircraft services and paint shop manager. “And the goal is to leverage the success in exterior paint to validate our expertise and encourage customers to also utilize King Aerospace’s completion and refurbishment and MRO services.” He and seven members of the exterior paint team have 20 or more years of experience, all of it at King Aerospace.
“That first BBJ was a green aircraft as part of a cabin completion by Aeria Luxury Interiors of San Antonio. The big twin-jet required a very complex paint scheme of geometric design, using four primary coats of Sherwin-Williams Jet Glo and the supplier’s new SKYscapes (mica pearl) final finish,” explained Johnson.
“We like the challenge of doing something new and unique,” he added. “One of our other more complex jobs was for a customer who wanted the paint scheme to begin with light silver on the aircraft nose and gradually become darker until it finished in black at the tail section. Nobody else wanted to bid it, but we nailed, first shot.”
King Aerospace has two stand-alone paint hangars capable of accommodating aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G550, in addition to the recent hangar renovation that resulted in a 25,000-square-foot paint shop capable of accommodating business jets as large as the BBJ3 and the Boeing 757. The renovation includes a new ceiling, air handling, lighting, fire suppression and heat.
Paint facilities at King Aerospace remained busy throughout the recession and are now capable of handling five large-cabin Boeing/Airbus class aircraft and as many as 50 corporate jets annually. A key to King Aerospace’s success at all levels, from cabin completion to paint, said founder and owner Jerry King-Echevarria, is that “we don’t take on any more work than we can do exceptionally.”
Keith Weaver can be contacted at 972-248-4886, cell 972-948-1444 or email@example.com
About King Aerospace
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is a leading provider of aircraft services with offices and facilities in Addison, TX and Ardmore, OK. KACC specializes in aircraft completions, modifications and refurbishments and is an FAA Certified Repair Station. Turn-key services include avionics installation and repair, cabinetry, upholstery, paint, airframe inspections, modifications and repair. In addition, KACC offers aircraft interior design services, engineering, fabrication, installation, sound proofing and other modifications. Phone: 580-389-5505, www.kingaerospace.com.