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AIM Altitude is one of the leading global suppliers of cabin interiors to the world’s leading airlines and OEM’s including Boeing, Airbus, the UK Ministry of Defence and manufacturers of regional aircraft.

AIM Altitude has a long history, dating back to the early 20th century, of providing innovative, design-led solutions. Beginning as independent companies, the different parts of the Group have grown together to share knowledge and expertise.

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TIMELINE

AIM Altitude’s history and major achievements
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1900-2016

2016 - AVIC INTERNATIONAL

AVIC International acquired AIM Altitude

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2014 - ALTITUDE MERGER

AIM Aviation acquires Altitude Aerospace Interiors and becomes known as AIM Altitude

2009 - VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Project milestone: Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 Upper Class

2008 - ALTITUDE AEROSPACE

Altitude Aerospace Interiors formed when the design engineering department was separated from Air New Zealand’s Technical Operations to create a standalone design engineering business.

2005 - DESIGN APPROVALS

AIM Aviation (Henshall) Ltd EASA Design Organisation Approval 2005

AIM Aviation (Jecco) EASA Design Organisation Approval 2005

2004 - Date - EMIRATES

Project milestone: Emirates First Class Seat Console Project

Project milestone: Emirates A380 Bar and Lounge Project

2004 - 2006 - VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Project milestone: Virgin Atlantic Projects Chanel, Alea, Savannah, Star (upper Class retrofit B747, A340-300, A340-600)

2003 - ORGANISATION APPROVALS

AIM Aviation (Henshall) Ltd EASA Production Organisation Approval 2003

AIM Aviation (Jecco) Ltd EASA Production Organisation Approval 2003

2001 - FLITEFORM MERGER

AIM Aviation (Fliteform) Ltd Heathrow merged with AIM Aviation (Jecco). At this time it was the oldest continuously maintained CAA Design Organisation approval in the world.

1999 - 2001 - VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Project milestone: Virgin Atlantic J2000 (Upper Class retrofit for B747 and A340-300)

1999 R&D MERGER

AIM Aviation (R&D) Ltd merged with AIM Aviation (Jecco)

1998 - HUNTING AVIATION

Hunting Aviation, Airline Interiors Division acquired by AIM Aviation (Jecco)

1997 - AIM COMPOSITES

AIM Aviation (HBA) Ltd became AIM Composites Ltd

1995 - FIRST VIRGIN ATLANTIC BAR

AIM Aviation (Hurn) Ltd absorbed into Jecco

Project milestone: First Virgin Atlantic B747 Bar (Designed by AIM Aviation Fliteform, made by AIM Aviation Henshall)

1994-1995 - SAAB INTERIORS

Project milestone: A total of 60 Saab 2000s each with complete AIM Altitude Interiors and exterior painting were delivered

1994 - 1999 - WORLDS FIRST BA MOOD LIGHTING

Project milestone: World’s first aircraft Mood Lighting (British Airways Project Slingshot)

1993 - SAAB

Project milestone: Third Saab 340 design, manufacture, painting, completion contract (200+ aircraft)

1992 - SAAB

Project milestone: Saab 2000 design, manufacture, painting, completion contract

1991 - HUNTING AVIATION

Hunting Aviation name changed to Hunting Aviation, Airline Interiors Division

1988 - R&D

Metair Aircraft Equipment acquired by Hunting Aviation

Transequip Ltd acquired by AIM Aviation (Henshall)

AIM Aviation (R&D) Ltd established

AIM Aviation (R&D) Ltd CAA Design Organisation Approval received

1987 - SAAB

Project milestone: Second Saab 340 design, manufacture, painting, completion contract (50 aircraft)

1986 - Date - WESTLANDS

Project milestone: Westland EH101 Interior

1984 - VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Project milestone: First Virgin Atlantic project (sofas, table) designed, made by AIM Aviation Fliteform

1984 - AIM COMPOSITES

AIM Composites founded in Waterbeach, Cambridge

1983 - 1999 - SAAB

Project milestone: A total of 457 Saab 340s each with complete AIM Altitude Interiors and exterior painting were delivered

1982 - CAA APPROVAL

AIM Aviation (Hurn) Ltd CAA Aircraft Inspection Approval

Project milestone: First Saab 340 design, manufacture, painting, completion contract  (50 aircraft)

1981- 1995 - BRISTOW TIGER

Project milestone: Bristow Tiger complete interior, painting and completions

1980 - AIM AVIATION (HENSHALLS)

Metallic Components Ltd became Metair Aircraft Equipment

AIM Aviation (HBA) Ltd acquired by AIM Aviation (Henshalls) Ltd

1979-1991 - WESTLAND

Project milestone: Westland WG 30 Interiors

1979-1981 - BOEING CHINOOK

Project milestone: Boeing Commercial Chinook complete interior

1978 - Date - SIKORSKY

Project milestone: Sikorsky S76 Auxiliary Fuel Systems

1975 - CAA APPROVAL

AIM Aviation (Jecco) Ltd UK CAA Category A1 Design and Manufacturing Approval

1974-1986 - SIKORSKY

Project milestone: Sikorsky S61N complete interiors manufacture

1974 - CAA APPROVAL

AIM Aviation (HBA) Ltd CAA Aircraft Inspection Approval

1971 - Date - WESTLAND LYNX

Project milestone: Westland Lynx Interiors

1969 - Date - WESTLAND SEA KING

Project milestone: Westland Sea King Interior

1962 - Date - SIKORSKY

Project milestone: Sikorsky S61N Auxiliary Fuel Systems

1962 - CAA APPROVAL

Metallic Components Ltd UK CAA Category A1 Design and Manufacturing Approval

1958 - AID APPROVAL

Metallic Components Ltd UK AID approval

1955 - METALLIC COMPONENTS

Metallic Components Ltd formed

1950 - CAA APPROVAL

AIM Aviation (Fliteform) Ltd Heathrow UK CAA Category A1 Design and Manufacturing Approval

1946 - CAA APPROVAL

AIM Aviation (Henshall) Ltd – UK CAA Category A1 Design and Manufacturing Approval

1939 - AIM AVIATION FOUNDED

AIM Aviation (HBA) Ltd founded as Howard Graham Ltd

1926 - JECCO FOUNDED

Jecco founded in Bournemouth under the name John E Clarke and Company Ltd, a coach and car trimming business designing car hoods, coachworks and other products for the then UK Ministry of Defence.

Early 1900s - HENSHALLS FOUNDED

Henshalls founded in Byfleet making milk churns, amongst other products.