Zurich, Switzerland-based Comlux (Booth N5704) has been awarded a cabin completions contract for a BBJ Max 8, representing its first one for the new BBJ variant. The aircraft will arrive at Comlux’s Indianapolis completions facility in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will be delivered to the customer “by fall 2019,” said Comlux.
Announcing the news at NBAA 2017, chairman and CEO Richard Gaona also said that Comlux has been selected to manage Global Jet Capital's Embraer Lineage 1000, which will be offered for charter to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The aircraft will be based at London Stansted Airport’s Diamond Hangar and is on display this week at the NBAA 2017 static display at Henderson Airport.
In August, the company was awarded a VIP interior completion contract for an Airbus ACJneo, which will be delivered by Airbus in September 2019 for a 10-month completion in Indianapolis. That bizliner is for a private customer based in Asia.
Gaona said that Comlux has partnered with four design firms for neo and Max cabin products so that it could provide a range of concepts to Comlux customers and potential customers. The firms are Alberto Pinto Design, DesignQ, Unique Aircraft and Winch Design.
Comlux has also recently sold an ACJ320 to an undisclosed customer. “We will probably order more neos and more Max aircraft,” said Gaona. “We currenltly operate about 20 planes but we’ll probably introduce a few new ones in the near future. We’re not interested in having 250 aircraft, though. We want to operate safely and to a high quality.”
In terms of marketing, Gaona said the company has two ACJ320neo positions for sale (for late 2018 and third-quarter 2019) and two BBJ Max 8 positions for sale in 2020.
On the widebody side, where Comlux is also building a portfolio of completions, the company is working on its own ACJ330, for entry-into-service in July 2018. The aircraft will be placed on Comlux Aruba’s AOC.
In September, the company’s Fly Comlux started operating a Crystal Aircruises BBJ 777-200LR equipped with 86 first-class seats through its OneAbove VIP charter division.
Gaona said Comlux has four AOCs–Malta (an EU and EASA state), Aruba, San Marino and Kazakhstan. Scott Meyer, CEO of Comlux Completion, said the company is moving to what it terms “Comlux 3.0” to see how processes can be improved using the latest digital technology and augmented reality.