Comlux Aviation Group had an “excellent” year in 2012 and is expecting even better in 2013, according to chairman and president Richard Gaona. While the company’s Zurich, Switzerland-based charter and aircraft management operation contributes the greater percentage of annual revenue, Gaona is especially encouraged by the growth at Comlux America, the group’s Indianapolis, Ind.-based bizliner completion and refurbishment center. He noted recent delivery of a BBJ3 to a Saudi customer and said the center currently has a Boeing 757 and four Boeing Business Jets in for either green completion or a major refurbishment, and is looking at an 18-month backlog.
Comlux Aviation Services, also at Indianapolis, has been occupied primarily with maintenance and overhaul of smaller business jets. But in the coming months the facility will be expanding its maintenance and overhaul capabilities to include larger executive aircraft from Airbus, Boeing and Embraer. “We’re investing in tooling and training and we expect to expand business there two-and-a-half to three times.” As part of the expansion and overall growth in Indianapolis, the company plans to hire 100 to 150 workers over the next year. The Comlux group expects to formally release its 2012 earnings by the end of this month.