International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) is on track to complete its livery transition program for Air Wisconsin Airlines by early 2018. The transition work, which began in September 2017, will involve the exterior painting of 65 of the Air Wisconsin’s Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jets from its previous brand into the United Express livery over a short-term period.
In addition to the livery work, IAC is working to rebrand the aircraft interiors at its Fort Worth, Texas facility. IAC says the facility, which was acquired in 2011, was chosen for its existing infrastructure and back shops that support interior modifications. Since the program started, IAC has succeeded in meeting a condensed turnaround time of 14 days for the combined interior and exterior work scopes.
“The unique opportunity IAC was able to provide, with combining our work scope of the interior rebranding and a livery change in a single location in Fort Worth, offered significant value and reduction in the overall time span for this initiative,” says Janet Schedler, VP of maintenance, engineering and procurement for Air Wisconsin Airlines. “With the compressed time period to complete this transition, IAC has provided the resources required for all phases to meet the required turn times.”
IAC has previously completed fleet livery transitions for a number of major airlines, including the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines—which won IAC Aviation Week’s 2012 MRO of the Year award.