Boeing has contracted Comlux America to provide maintenance and a cabin upgrade for a pair of its own Boeing Business Jets. The work will include removing the existing interiors and refitting them after modification, as well as a comprehensive upgrade to the inflight entertainment and cabin management systems.
The first of the two BBJs will arrive at Comlux America’s recently expanded facility in Indianapolis, Ind. in early 2013 and the second will follow next summer. The facility works on both BBJs and the rival Airbus Corporate Jets family.
“We are extremely proud to be selected by The Boeing Company,” said Comlux America president and CEO David Edinger. “It was a tough competition and we have managed to demonstrate that our full in-house capabilities—engineering, certification, design, maintenance and production shops—make the difference versus several other centers.”
Comlux group president and CEO Richard Gaona told AIN that winning Boeing’s business will boost its plans to expand its BBJ client base. Though the Swiss-based group (Booth No. 1108) is known for its strong links to Airbus, the largest aircraft in its Fly Comlux charter/management fleet is a Boeing 767.
This year has seen the Fly Comlux division expanding into Asia. It now has two ACJs operating in China–one based in Shanghai and the other in Macau—and it has opened an office in Hong Kong. Earlier this year, Korean auto-making group Hyundai contracted Comlux America to do the completion for its BBJ.