Comlux’s Bahrain firm offers Middle East charter

 - November 30, 2010, 10:29 AM

Comlux The Aviation Group has opened Comlux Middle East, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is adding greater substance to a portfolio of aircraft management and executive charter services in the region.

The Zurich-based Swiss group has five aircraft from the Airbus ACJ series, and two of them–an Airbus A318 Elite and an A319 ACJ–are dedicated to the Middle East. Both are in executive configuration and can accommodate up to
19 passengers.

“The Middle East represents great opportunities for business aviation, and Bahrain is an excellent location to service the business aviation market in the whole Middle East,” said group president Richard Gaona. He added that Comlux Middle East hopes to add at least two more aircraft by year-end.

In addition to the five Airbus executive jets, the Comlux fleet includes 13 Bombardier large-cabin aircraft–a mix of Globals and Challengers.

The third single-aisle bizliner to join Comlux Middle East is an A320 Prestige, expected to enter service in Bahrain next month. The green airplane is currently undergoing cabin outfitting at Comlux America, the group’s completion and refurbishment center in Indianapolis.

The Indiana center can deliver four single-aisle bizliner executive completions a year and was recently approved by Boeing to provide outfitting for its line of Boeing Business Jets.

According to Comlux Aviation Services CEO David Edinger, a fire that broke out in the Indianapolis maintenance hangar adjacent to the completion and refurbishment center on November 7 has affected neither maintenance nor outfitting work flow. The 45 employees from the facility’s six departments have already been relocated in the two Comlux America hangars.

An estimate of damage to the hangar and the four business jets housed in it when the fire started had not been determined as of press time.