New Zealanders seem to have both aviation and design innovation in their genes and New Zealand companies have created a number of ripples worldwide in recent years. One such company is National Aircraft Interiors (NAI) which is rapidly becoming a leading player in the global aircraft interior market.
NAI was founded in 2001 and services the rotorcraft, GA, fi xed wing, charter and RPT sectors. The company is devoted to offering a bespoke interior finishing service which it says is only achievable because it has a dedicated team of designers and technicians working hard to ensure that all its products and services meet its customer’s specifi cations and expectations.
So what makes a family company based at Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, develop into a global contender capable of competing for large scale aircraft interior programmes?
NAI Director John Hill said, "It’s our responsiveness and our ability to offer a ‘turn-key’ solution to our clients that wins the day.
"We are a forward thinking business, striving to deliver ultimate product solutions. We are committed to the highest standards of professionalism, reliability and performance and we feel that the industry has begun to recognise this. Over the years we have developed a strong base of satisfi ed customers and we are recognised world-wide as a company that provides on-going project support and un-compromised after sales service."
One of NAI’s key strategies has been to develop a sophisticated in house capability, capable of attracting global interest.
"By developing comprehensive in house facilities we’ve eliminated any concerns our global clients may have had about where we operate. It’s not about geography any more it’s about capability," added John Hill.
"We’ve focused hard on developing our skills and technologies to make it possible to compete on the global stage with credibility."
NAI’s commitment to building capability now sees the company with Part 148 maintenance approval and the following key resources:
- A flame test laboratory
- A complete in house design team
- Rapid prototyping capacity
- STC preparation
- Project management tools
- A certified quality assurance system
- A dress cover production facility
- The ability to produce moulded and cut foams