INTERIOR MRO REPORT
The Qatar Airways A380 Lounge was designed by AIM Altitude to promote elegance, contemporary styling and cultural details, using advanced technical construction methods
deck and the upscale bar in the First Class area. Today, the Middle East represents a significant part of A IM Altitude’s business, according to Vice President Corporate Accounts Chris Whetter. Qatar Airways is also a major customer, as the company has created interiors for its 787 and A350 and A380 aircraft – with the latter boasting an “amazing social space”, he said. In addition, AIM Altitude is involved in projects for many other airlines in the region, including Etihad, Oman Air, Kuwait Airways, and has developed galleys and bars for Saudi Arabian Airlines. The company continues to take on customers both large and small in the region because of the high quality of the company’s work, said Whetter.
Developed by AIM Altitude for the upper deck of Emirates’ A380 aircraft, the Onboard Lounge welcomes patrons in a Chameleon warmwood finishes and extensive lighting features
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In terms of demand, more airline customers are opting for branded panels on the bulkheads in both Business and First Class, one of AIM Altitude’s specialties. Whetter cited the “Emirates factor” – which successfully created Dubai as a highly competitive hub airport in the region – as one of the reasons for the booming Middle East market, where even a small aircraft can cost US$10 million to fit out. AIM Altitude is a global company headquartered in the UK, with bases in New Zealand, the Middle East, and North America. It is owned by leading Chinese multinational aviation company, AVIC International Holding Corporation. AVIC International’s mission is to develop overseas markets for the civilian aviation industry and expand international investment.