Thompson Aero Seating 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 with increasing interest in full flat Business Class beds for single aisle Airbus A320 and A220 and Boeing 737 aircraft. Highlights from 2018 included delivery to EVA Air and Juneyao Airlines of fully costumed VantageXL Business Class cabins and the exciting announcement that LATAM is our first customer to install VantageXL Honeymoon. Other recent customer deliveries include Delta Airlines, Qantas, China Eastern, TAP Portugal and Philippine Airlines.
Thompson’s latest product innovation, the VantageSOLO, designed specifically for single aisle aircraft will launch in 2020 with as yet undisclosed customer and will set a new ‘best in class’ standard for Business Class seating.
Today, under the ownership of AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China), one of the world’s largest and leading aerospace companies ,Thompson is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful and fastest growing businesses and employs more than 1,400 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. Opening in 2021 a new state of the art facility will bring Thompson’s full design, engineering, manufacturing and R&D capabilities all under one roof.
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 under the recently created AVIC Cabin Systems (ACS) division, the Thompson success story looks well set to continue.