Comlux officially opened its new completion and maintenance facility at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) last week. The Switzerland-based company purchased the facility a year and a half ago from Indianapolis Jet Center as part of its plan to become a comprehensive business aviation services group.
A year-and-a-half after Comlux spent $3.4 million to purchase and renovate the Indianapolis Jet Center, it officially opened its completion and maintenance center there yesterday. The operation will focus on two areas: Bombardier business jet maintenance, outfitting and refurbishment; and outfitting and refurbishing larger executive aircraft such as the BBJ and ACJ.
The Comlux Group, which became a 40-percent shareholder in the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in May 2008, has withdrawn by mutual agreement from that partnership to focus on its new facilities in Indianapolis.
The Comlux Group, which became a 40-percent shareholder in the Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) in May last year, has withdrawn from the partnership by mutual agreement to focus on its new completion and maintenance facilities in Indianapolis.
Aircraft management and charter firm Comlux yesterday placed an order for its tenth Airbus executive jet, making it the largest single operator of the aircraft manufacturer’s bizliners. The $75 million deal signed here at the Dubai show brings Comlux’s total order for ACJs to three, in addition to previous orders for four A318 Elites, two A320 Prestiges and one A330-200 Prestige–a cumulative order value that exceeds $800 million, Airbus said.
Business aviation group Comlux is to expand its services into the FBO sector by establishing a new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The new base, being developed in partnership with Landmark Aviation, is due to open in March 2011.
Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), which has four Airbus A318 Elites and two ACJs on order, last week announced plans to start VVIP charter services in the Middle East. The Al Jaber Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s largest diversified companies, formed AJA in 2008 aiming to enter the $1 billion sector, which has 25 percent year-on-year growth, according to Dr. Mark Pierotti, AJA’s chief operating officer.
The cream has risen to the top and has not gone sour is how Comlux would characterize today’s charter market, which is to say that demand for high-end, airliner-class aircraft has held up well in relation to the marked downturn still being suffered by operators of smaller jets. This explains why the Swiss-based group has come to Orlando (Booth No.
A private Asian customer has placed a firm order for an Airbus A320 Prestige, becoming the first in the region to order the type. Based on the A320 airliner, the Prestige is the largest of Airbus’s family of corporate jets, which includes the A318 Elite and Airbus ACJ.
Bombardier has designated Comlux Completion USA as an official AOG/line maintenance facility for its Learjet, Challenger and Global product lines. The approval was confirmed yesterday at the end of a long period in which the Canadian airframer evaluated the company’s training and equipment infrastructure in Indianapolis, Indiana.