Comlux is to develop a hangar at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) in Dubai South, UAE. The development will cover 12,000m² (129,167ft²) of land. The agreement was signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airlines and Group and chairman of Dubai Airports.
The facility will accommodate two ACJ and BBJ family aircraft types simultaneously, including the future ACJ TwoTwenty. The hangar is scheduled to become fully operational by mid-2023. Comlux will provide its Middle East customers with EASA Part 145- and UAE Part 145-approved maintenance services and cabin upgrades, as well as refurbishment work on their VIP aircraft.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Comlux to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub,” said HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation Corporation. “Its market positioning will expand our service capabilities and bring in new businesses, consolidating our global position as the preferred choice for industry players seeking to operate in an integrated, economic environment, where they can connect with international markets.”
“We are pleased with this new milestone for the development of Comlux in the Middle East; MBRAH’s organisation at DWC Airport is providing us with the ideal location for our expansion in the immediate future,” said Richard Gaona, executive chairman and CEO of Comlux. “Our goal is to provide our Middle East customers with convenient, high-quality and cost-efficient solutions for their VIP cabin changes and upgrades at DWC during their stay in Dubai or during maintenance grounding time.”
The Comlux Tech organisation is in charge of the project within the Comlux Group. It aims to further develop the synergies between Comlux Aviation’s operations and Comlux Completion’s know-how in VIP cabin engineering and craftsmanship, to better serve bizliner fleets and, in particular, the ACJ TwoTwenty, which is due to enter service by early 2023.
Comlux Aviation operates a fleet of 20 VIP aircraft, including several Airbus and Boeing types – the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 neo, BBJ 737-500, BBJ 767, BBJ 777 and BBJ 787. Comlux Completion – based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA – is an approved ACJ and BBJ cabin outfitter, an ACJ service centre, a BBJ warranty and repair facility, and the exclusive completion centre of the first 15 ACJ TwoTwenty cabins.
MBRAH is a free-zone destination for airlines, private jet companies and associated industries. Located in and developed by Dubai South, MBRAH is also home to maintenance centres and training and education campuses. It seeks to strengthen engineering industries to foster the emirate’s vision of becoming a leading aviation hub.