Boeing’s airline customers can now order new aircraft with custom-made interior monuments from Nordam. The Tulsa-based aerospace manufacturer has received permission from Boeing to work with airline customers in designing, engineering, manufacturing and certifying the interior pieces for 737, 747-8, 767, 777, 77-X and 787 aircraft.
Nordam initiated the formal process to seek Boeing offerability in 2016 and created a prototype monument, which was put through testing and certification. The prototype generated interest during its debut at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany last April.
Nordam CEO Meredith Siegfried Madden says the company decided to diversify into custom front-row monuments for commercial aircraft following a downturn in the business-jet market in 2008. The company has been building customized front-row monuments under subcontract to other suppliers for nearly a decade. These monuments, which establish the boundary in front of first- or business-class seats, can include custom closets, bulkheads, class dividers, storage components or bar units.
Design and engineering of the monuments will take place in the U.K. and at Nordam’s main interiors and structures division in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Manufacturing and certification will occur at the company’s interiors facility in Tulsa, with some manufacturing performed at the company’s facility in Chihuahua, Mexico.