Ameco still hasn’t outfitted a VVIP interior for a privately-owned business jet, though over the last few years it has been building the capability to do so.

The Beijng-based powerhouse for airliner overhaul and maintenance has its hangars full with routine work. But increasingly, as airlines have asked for Ameco to design and install VVIP interiors in the front end of their aircraft, it has developed cabinetry and upholstery shops, and the skills to certify custom modifications.

With the influx of Airbus and Boeing-sized VVIP aircraft (there are now 36 such jets in Greater China, according to Hong Kong consultants Asian Sky Group), Ameco has positioned itself for a slice of the action, either to finish a new aircraft or to refurbish an older one. Now it has stated its strategy to show join the ranks of the world’s completion centers.

Meanwhile Ameco has found success with airframe heavy maintenance of VVIP aircraft, events which can often coincide with cabin renewals.

In addition, last year Ameco was authorized as a Boeing Business Jets’ licensed completion center for the BBJ MAX family and also as an official BBJ Warranty Service Center, making it the only MRO provider in Asia to provide both BBJ completion and warranty services for customers.

This year, Ameco plans to build a new cabin interior manufacturing workshop in addition to the two that it already has equipped with advanced equipment. This will triple its cabin interior manufacturing capacity.

With all the pieces in place, including a dedicated VVIP completions and maintenance hangar, Ameco has ramped up its marketing to win its first completions customer. Part of this is the design of concept interiors, and here at ABACE it is presenting its latest: the “Chinese Dragon” for a Boeing 787, which was shortlisted last month for the prestigious 2018 Crystal Cabin Award, the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation.

“Chinese Dragon,” Ameco says, interprets China’s cultural legacy and conveys it into the modern aircraft interior.

The whole cabin features nine functional areas. From nose to tail there are crew area, guest area, cinema, dining room, VIP lounge, bar, galley, master office and master suite including bedroom, bathroom and dressing room.

The large area of geometric shapes, stripes and gratings respectively abstract from dragon scales, the dragon spine and dragon skeleton. Colors are generated from traditional Chinese art, including taupe, white, beige, ivory with auxiliary turquoise green and sky blue. Luxuriant and elegant materials like white oak, marble and metal are displayed in an implicit way, in order to bring users most top-level sense and experience.