Maintenance, repair and overhaul firm Sabreliner Aviation plans to follow in the footsteps of Nextant Aerospace and develop a family of remanufactured business aircraft, with "at least one type" in the turboprop and light to large-cabin jet sectors.

According to an article by Kate Sarsfield in FlightGlobal, president Greg Fedele says a key criterion for Sabreliner is the size of the inventory available for modernisation. The company is looking at both in- and out-of-production types, and will compete with Nextant in some but not all of its market space.

Sabreliner, based in the Perryville, Missouri, will offer a range of upgrades from basic avionics, through engine and interior retrofits on customer-owned aircraft to selling remanufactured models that have been purchased and completely overhauled by the company.

"We have all the systems in place to launch a remanufacturing programme now," Fedele says. "We are now doing in-depth market research with potential customers. Our aim is to launch the first product in 2016."

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