EBACE 2011: Comlux Middle East and Saudia Private Aviation Sign Charter Agreement
Comlux Middle East and Saudia Private Aviation have signed an agreement for joint development of charter business opportunities in the Middle East. Comlux Middle East, one of Comlux the Aviation Group’s companies, holds a European air operators certificate and will make its fleet of six Airbus corporate jets (soon to be eight) available for Saudia Private Aviation customers.
Saudia Private Aviation, a strategic business unit of flag carrier Saudia Private Aviation, operates a Dassault Falcon 7X and Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 400XP. It will soon open an FBO in Jeddah, followed by facilities in Riyadh and Dammam. The agreement with Comlux will also help Saudia expand its business in Europe.
From its base in Bahrain, Comlux Middle East is conveniently placed to cooperate with its new partner in nearby Saudi Arabia.
Comlux’s latest fleet addition is an A320ACJ, equipped to carry up to 19 passengers in a three-cabin layout that includes a private lounge/bedroom with a full shower. Comlux is to take delivery of a new A319ACJ later this year and another A319ACJ in 2012. It is definitely Comlux’s widebody jets that are of greatest appeal to Saudia and its clients. Eventually the fleet may be expanded to included Boeing aircraft.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Saudia Private Aviation, which is a key player in the Middle East business aviation market with well-grounded experience of more than 35 years,” said Richard Gaona, CEO and president of Comlux.