Thompson is firmly established as one of the leading suppliers of premium aircraft seating. With increasing market share and an evolving and expanding product portfolio selected by many of the world’s leading airlines, Thompson’s seating range is offerable across all Airbus and Boeing platforms. Highlights from 2017 included delivery to Delta Airlines of the new Vantage XL Suite on Thompson’s first Airbus A350 programme, the ‘all suite cabin’ with sliding privacy doors was an industry first, winning the highly acclaimed Crystal Cabin Award at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo Hamburg. The same year our launch customer for the Boeing B787, Qantas, took delivery of their first Dreamliner with their fully customised version of the Vantage XL. Other customer deliveries during 2017 included China Eastern, TAP Portugal and Philippine Airlines.
Today Thompson is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful and fastest growing businesses employing over 1000 staff. The current industrial footprint covers 20,000 m2 across 4 sites located in the Portadown and Banbridge areas and includes full design, engineering, manufacturing and R&D capabilities.
In December 2016 Thompson was acquired by AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China), one of the world’s largest and leading aerospace companies. With Thompson’s planned future growth and expansion plans being backed and endorsed by AVIC, together with the ability to offer a broader range of cabin interior products from other companies within the AVIC group, the Thompson success story looks well set to continue.