Subscribe Free
in Aircraft Interiors / Features

Chic and Mac

Posted 25 November 2009 · Add Comment

UK aircraft interior refurbishment and manufacturing company MAC Interiors was selected by Egypt Air to refurbish three of the airline's Falcon 20 VIP jets. Marcelle Nethersole met up with MAC MD Stephen Whittaker to find out why the company is proving to be so successful in the Middle Eastern markets.

 

MAC Aircraft specialists provide a full package of aircraft interior services, from concept design through to certification and installation.

“We have a team of exceptionally skilled professionals and gifted designers using the finest materials sourced from all over the world,” said Stephen Whittaker, the company’s managing director.

“Whether you require a single piece of bespoke furnishing for an executive jet, or complete multiple assemblies for an aircraft interior refurbishment, MAC Interiors will offer the right solution.”

As well as Egypt Air, MAC Interiors customers include Qatar Airways, Airbus, BAE Systems, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, British Airways, Boeing and Virgin Atlantic. Like everyone in the industry the 20% reduction of spend by commercial airlines has had an impact, but MAC has balance in its work for the corporate sector too.

“The VIP side of the business is still brisk; commercial airlines appear to be taking stock in the wake of the reduced revenues and looking to provide refurbishment options on existing aircraft. But through this we are also seeing changes in design,” said Whittaker.

“Customers are looking towards more contemporary interiors with a chic stylish feel to them, which we are able to provide. But we do not design for re-sale value; it is always personal taste. Our customer is priority; whatever they want we will provide but we are careful to guide them and apply all sensible options with wider appeal where it is appropriate to do so.”

MAC carries out a lot of business in the Middle East and is able to meet design demands within this region.

Whittaker explained: “We cover a wide area in the Middle East, including Kuwait , Qatar , Dubai , Saudi Arabia and Bahrain . We are popular here because we can adapt very quickly to the various subtle differences in the area’s culture and requirements. Customers here have a lot more creative ideas, which we can meet. We can provide the complete service from concept to completion and beyond. Plus, we provide considerable on-site assistance and guidance in many areas of interior support. And, for all customers, private hangar facilities are available and annual maintenance can also be provided to ensure the bespoke interiors have an exceptionally long life span to ensure peace of mind.”

MAC designs everything from galley units, seats and in-flight baby cradles to cabin dividers and oxygen storage systems. It is currently working closely with raw material manufacturers to approve lightweight versions of materials from the super yacht industry, including 3D metallic base decorative surfacing.

“We pride ourselves on technical innovation and pushing the boundaries of materials, design and manufacture. We’re skilled at interpreting the personal tastes of customers from all over the world, engaging with their individual or brand identities and creating interiors that are exclusive, while maintaining the utmost elegance, style and practicality,” said Whittaker.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Third H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

The third H160 prototype (PT3) has performed its maiden flight. With its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft's

Emirates launches campaign to promote Dubai hub and inspire travel

Emirates has launched a US$15 million campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline's extensive network of global destinations including its home and hub, Dubai.

Turkish Airlines announces Passenger and Cargo Traffic Results for September 2017

The global carrier reached the highest Load Factor in last five years in September 2017, with 81.5% LF.

Inmarsat certified for Jet ConneX inflight Wi-Fi installations on Gulfstream G550 aircraft

Inmarsat has announced that its Jet ConneX business aviation inflight Wi-Fi service has received a Supplement Type Certificate (STC) for the popular Gulfstream G550 aircraft.

Qatar Airways Cargo's inaugural freighter touches down in Pittsburgh

Qatar Airways Cargo's Boeing 777 freighter arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport last Thursday to a water salute welcome. The cargo carrier launches Pittsburgh as its thirteenth freighter destination in the Americas.

Full speed ahead for Qatar's Wi-Fi

Passengers on many Qatar Airways' flights will soon be able to use high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi, thanks to Inmarsat's GX Aviation Ka-band satellite connectivity. Steve Nichols reports.

Kuwait Aviation SK1909310118
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418Commercial Aircraft Financing BT2017DASAS BT3006161117AIMA Africa 2017Global Aerospace BT28218DAS BT1105161117DIAC BT1105121117AIME BT1204240118Aviation Show 267291117