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Comlux Wins New ACJ Completions Job And Grows Fleet

 - May 13, 2012, 3:30 AM
The Airbus ACJ319 that Comlux recently added to its charter fleet was completed by Comlux America.

Hyundai Motor Co. is entrusting the completion of its new Boeing Business Jet to Comlux America. The work will be done at Comlux’s Indianapolis, Indiana facility and will be its second BBJ completion and fifth project overall.

The aircraft is due to arrive for completion in the second quarter of 2013 and the work will be done in the new hangar that Comlux is due to open this summer. The Korean automaker is being represented by Avjet Corp., which is overseeing the project and helped to select the completion center.

The new BBJ interior is being developed by the Comlux Creatives design department. The cabin features will include a forward lounge area and a private office that can be converted into a large bedroom in the middle of the cabin. The aircraft will be equipped with its own private bathroom and a sophisticated business-class seating area at the rear of the cabin. In terms of cabin systems, it will also be equipped with the latest technology, including a satcom system with Swift Broadband capabilities, video streaming to iPads, mood lighting and an upgraded insulation package to make it one of the quietest cabin interiors in the air.

“As always, our objective is to deliver the aircraft at the highest quality and with minimum downtime,” said Comlux America CEO David Edinger. “It is our goal to begin the design and engineering right away and complete all engineering and fabrication before the aircraft arrives at our facility.”

The Hyundai contract is one of two new completions orders for Comlux America, which is also set to outfit another BBJ for a client based in Eastern Europe. It has previously worked on a Boeing 767 and is now working on a 757, with a pair of Airbus ACJs also completed. “We want to focus on BBJs and ACJs and do this segment very well and on time,” said Comlux president Richard Gaona. “We will leave it to other companies to be busy with larger aircraft such as the new 747-8.”

Charter Division Gets ACJ319

Meanwhile, the Swiss-based group’s Fly Comlux charter and management division has taken delivery of another new ACJ319, which has also been completed in Indianapolis. It is on display at EBACE this week and features a three-section cabin with a main lounge and a pair of bedrooms at the rear (one of which converts into a small lounge). Comlux America used a new proprietary package to reduce cabin noise levels to just 50dB, without increasing the aircraft weight. It also features mobile communications connectivity provided by OnAir.

“I am pleased to operate this new ACJ319, which offers a very quiet and beautiful cabin, the latest connectivity and entertainment systems, and also an excellent range of more than ten hours nonstop,” commented Andrea Zanetto, CEO of Fly Comlux. “With two Airbus aircraft based in Russia, along with three Airbuses and one Boeing 767 based in the Middle East, Fly Comlux is ideally placed to capture a large demand of VIP charters in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa,” he added.

The Fly Comlux fleet consists of 19 aircraft, including the following types: one VIP Boeing 767, an Airbus ACJ320, three ACJ319s, an ACJ318, three Bombardier Global Expresses, three Global 5000s, two Challenger 605s, a pair of Challenger 850s, two Embraer Legacy 650s and a Dassault Falcon 900LX.

Comlux has launched a new cooperation with yacht charter group Mellwood to assist its clients with flight bookings. Much of the new business is expected to come from Russia, where wealthy individuals are keen to jet down to the Mediterranean coast to join their yachts. Comlux (Stand 227) has four aircraft–two ACJs and two Globals–positioned in Moscow most of the time to be ready for rising charter demand.

“Overall, the charter market is still very weak,” Gaona told AIN. “Before we [the charter industry] said we will see when the crisis will finish, but now we say that this is the market condition forever and operators are concerned about rising fuel costs at a time when the market is down.” Nonetheless, he has high hopes from the Asian market and wants Comlux to have a footprint in that region by year-end.