Aircraft Interiors 101: A Complete Guide to Aircraft Seat Refurbishment

April 21, 2022

Refinished Piper Aircraft Leather Seating

Don’t let high fuel costs ground your fleet. Creative Colors International can help you keep ticket prices down by trimming maintenance costs on your aircraft interiors.

Jet fuel prices reached a 13-month high in February, and may continue to climb as boycotts of Russian oil suppress supply. The burden of high fuel costs comes as many commercial airline companies are struggling to recover from travel downturns following the outbreak of the pandemic. Airlines in the United States carried 674 million passengers in 2021, up 82.5% from the prior year, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported. Despite a year-over-year boost in air traffic, the number of flyers in the United States is still down 27.3% from pre-pandemic numbers.

Unlike its commercial counterparts, demand for private jets is surging above pre-pandemic levels. Last year marked the busiest year on record for business jet activity, according to Wingx, a provider of aviation research. Business jet flights were up 7% in 2021 versus before the pandemic hit in 2019. The world’s wealthy are choosing private travel for its status, comfort, and safety. Despite industry gains, jet fuel prices are sending ticket prices up and causing business passengers to start consolidating trips to cut costs.

On top of high fuel costs, aircraft maintenance adds up. Personal owners should be prepared to spend at least $3,600 annually on maintenance costs. Aside from normal wear and tear, aircraft owners also need to have cash on hand for unexpected engine repairs to keep their airplanes flying high. Maintenance costs for passenger planes are even more costly. High-class clientele pay big bucks to fly private, and they expect luxury surroundings.

CCI Helps Airline Industry Cut Costs
CCI can help you boost your bottom line as jet fuel prices continue to climb by reducing maintenance costs on aircraft interiors. We are the mobile leader in leather and vinyl repair, with 132 vans providing services across the country. Our service technicians can come to your hanger to give your plane interior a refresh or repair, returning it to like-new condition. CCI’s repair and restoration services can save up to 90% of replacement costs.

Comprehensive Services. CCI’s mobile service technicians can perform a wide variety of aircraft leather repair services to make sure your passengers receive a first-class flight. Some of the services we provide include deep grain cleaning, reconditioning, coloration, and protective topcoat restoration. We can also repair seams, rips, scuffs, and cuts.

In addition to on-board repairs, CCI also offers sanitizing services to help give your customers peace of mind as they wait to board. Our Sanitizer & Disinfectant is available for purchase in bulk and is a one-step hospital-grade cleaner, deodorizer, and sanitizer designed for use on a variety of surfaces.

First-Class Repair Products. CCI’s team of certified aviation leather repair technicians uses environmentally friendly products to get the job done right the first time. Our products do not add flammability to your leather upholstery, and all passed specific testing required under the FAA regulations. CCI focuses on helping customers keep their budget in mind by using high-quality repair products designed to last.

Resource for Aircraft Interiors. CCI has more than 42 years of experience in the leather and vinyl repair industry. Our technicians can help you choose the right upholstery to use for a repair. The upholstery of your plane’s seats needs to be lightweight, durable, and meet safety standards. Our technicians will make sure seats provide the right layer of cushioning to provide protection and support.

Check Out This Makeover
Take a look at these before and after photos to see how a little elbow grease helps your plane’s interior shine. Our service technicians have all the tools they need to make restorations and repairs in their vans. They can get to work at your convenience to limit service disruptions.

Request a Free Quote
Whether you want to save money to spend more time flying your personal plane, or you need to ensure your interior meets the exacting standards of customers, CCI can come to you to help. Click here to request a free quote from CCI.