Stone finish is not as heavy as you think

posted on 11th June 2018

The interiors team at Ocean Sky, the UK-based aircraft ownership and management group, offers stone flooring as a hard-wearing solution for areas such as vestibules and lavatories. The thinly cut stone sheet, which can be supplied in a range of colours and patterns to complement adjoining carpeted areas, is just the visible surface of a multi-layered structure that adds little weight to the aircraft.

The brown granite floor in the foreground of our picture was installed in the galley of a Global Express that Ocean Sky refurbished over a two-week period at its Manchester interiors centre. Before starting work, the company built a 3D model of the aircraft to ensure the colours and patterns met the client’s requirements. Tiles were cut from MDF board for trial fitting before the real floor was manufactured.

Ocean Sky, which also manages a wide range of aircraft and offers many of them for charter, approached the German floor manufacturer in response to the Global owner’s request for a contemporary but durable finish. It is now in discussions about licensing the product to a leading completion centre.