A Victor Valley company has been busy ever since American Airlines and US Airways combined forces and called for a total face-lift of its aircraft.
Leading Edge Aviation Services Inc. of Victorville will begin design and logo work on a new Boeing 777, as the airlines continue the $11 billion merger process, which will result in American Airlines becoming the largest carrier in the world.
In January, American unveiled its new design at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, after Leading Edge in Victorville completed the paint and design project on the American Airlines-owned Boeing 737-800 and two Boeing 777s.
Alicia Castle, sales and marketing manager for Leading Edge, could not disclose when the next Boeing aircraft will touch down at the Southern California Logistics Airport-based facility, but did say the company was excited to be involved in the project.
Castle said her company, which has eight locations in the U.S., was awarded the contract after numerous discussions over the past year with Tom Horton, CEO and chairman of American Airlines.
Leading Edge’s work on more than 650 aircraft during the United and Continental airlines merger, which is 85 percent complete, also played a key role in the decision.
“It has been over 40 years since American has changed its look and feel,” said Horton during a press conference in January to unveil the new design.
American Airlines, which sought bankruptcy protection in November 2011, will offer its creditors a 72 percent majority stake in the newly merged airline, with US Airways shareholders owning the remaining portion.
Since the bankruptcy, the airline has slowly done away with its silver aluminum look with large AAs on its aircraft, to an American Flagstyle tail, and red, white, silver and blue eagle logo.
Since 2007, Leading Edge has served the airline industry by servicing more than 200 various aircraft per year from its 235,000-square-foot facility at SCLA.