Duncan Aviation has unveiled a Citation VII purchased through its Aircraft Sales and Acquisition team and converted at its full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The work includes a new livery, a complete interior refurbishment and the installation of a Universal Insight cockpit, Gogo Avance L3 and USB power ports.
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The business partners owning the aircraft were jet-card/charter users until 2020 when Duncan Aviation’s aircraft sales and acquisition team helped them purchase a Citation S/II .
Leah Alexander, Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions, said owners flew just under 200 hours a year, but once they owned their own aircraft, that number jumped to just over 360. hours per year.
“They were certainly putting the plane to good use, but it also meant that the engine hot sections were maturing almost a year earlier than expected,” Alexander said. “The timing of this maintenance event, along with the realization that they would prefer a slightly more spacious cabin, led them to start considering an upgrade.”
Find the plane
Alexander explained that there is a cost involved in any aircraft transaction, so owners were not looking to upgrade frequently in the future. They wanted to find a cost-effective option that would suit their growing business footprint as well as family travel.
“We first looked at the Citation Excel and the XLS, but by mid-2021 the market had already turned,” Alexander said. “The Excel/XLS is a popular model for charter operations in particular, so with charter demand on the rise at this time, our customers were starting to be priced out of their preferred airframe option.”
Duncan Aviation said there were only about a third of the number of Citation VIIs built as Citation Excels, so it wasn’t on the radar at first. Once the Citation Excel/XLS seemed out of reach, the Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions team began casting a wider net for other suitable options.
“Ultimately, we saw that the greatly reduced initial investment cost of acquiring this Citation VII left room in the budget for upgrades that would make it feel like it was of a much newer aircraft, and one in which owners would feel comfortable for years to come, said Alexander.
Duncan Aviation’s paint team gave the plane a two-tone scheme with classic white on top and a dark charcoal underbelly, accented by a bright orange stripe. Duncan Aviation lead designer Heather Pridemore said the client was looking for something classic, clean and simple that was also unique. They also wanted to include their company colors in the paint scheme.
Suzanne Hawes, senior sales representative for finishes and modifications at Duncan Aviation, said the new exterior paint gives the plane clean, elegant lines. “Heather has done a terrific job coordinating with multiple clients to meet and exceed expectations,” said Hawes.
Complete interior renovation
The owners wanted a warm, up-to-date, clean and modern interior. Pridemore said the wood is all wood-grain laminate, and the restroom and kitchen counters are also modern stone-look laminate. The seats are custom designed with quilting, decorative stitching and a new modern style headrest.
“There aren’t many Citations that have padded seats, so I was able to be super creative in coming up with a modern design,” Pridemore said. “Owners loved the look of the quilted seats with decorative stitching.”
Hawes said it was a big makeover that transformed a dated interior into a clean, modern environment that will stand the test of time.
Pridemore said it was the most beautiful Citation VII: “It’s so fresh and updated. We are all so proud of the work done.
The aircraft owner had this to say: “We were extremely impressed with the work, and more importantly, we are grateful to have chosen Duncan Aviation for this refurbishment. The project was simply too complex to go elsewhere.