Flying Colours Corp. has signed a multimillion-dollar joint venture agreement with China’s Sparkle Roll Technik Co., Ltd. (SRT). With a hangar facility set up at Linyi City in Shangdong Province, it will focus on private jet cabin modification and aircraft maintenance. The first project, beginning this month, will see eight B- Bombardier CRJ-200s converted to VIP configuration.

Work on this initial batch of aircraft is expected to take up to eight months and will be undertaken at Flying Colours’ Peterborough, Canada, facility. Later conversions will have their interiors manufactured in Canada, with Flying Colours-trained Sparkle Roll technicians completing installation in China, and the Canadian company providing on-site support and handling certification.

The CRJ200s’ cabins will be converted into a VIP configuration that mirrors those of the Challenger 850. The aircraft will then be sold to individuals, or operated by Sparkle Roll Jet Co. Ltd., the operational subsidiary of Sparkle Roll Aviation Group. The agreement is expected to expand to include a wider range of aircraft conversions, modifications and maintenance. Both companies are looking at opportunities in the widebody sector.

“Sparkle Roll Aviation management was familiar with our ExecLiner conversions and green 850 completion experience, and knew we had experience with the Civil Aviation Administration of China,” said Flying Colours president John Gillespie. “Our understanding of the certification paperwork, registration process, STCs and extensive modification knowledge complemented their ambitions to further develop this sector of their aviation business. We are excited about working with them and believe we are one of the few international companies to have formed such an agreement with a Chinese aviation company. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.” Flying Colours is at Booth 675.