Comlux says its VIP-configured Boeing 767, on display at MEBA, is the biggest aircraft legitimately available for charter in the Middle East.
The corporate airliner - which has separate "head of state", club and economy cabins - is on an Aruba air operator's certificate but based at the Switzerland-headquartered company's Bahrain operation and mainly targets the Saudi market.
The 767 can take up to 60 passengers, including 40 in economy, and has a "huge baggage capacity, which the Saudi market likes", says Claire Brugirard, commercial director of Comlux Middle East. It has a range of 14h, which allows non-stop flights from the region to New York or London to Los Angeles.
It is one of three Comlux aircraft based in Bahrain, the others being an Airbus ACJ320 and ACJ319. Displaying a Boeing at a business aviation trade show marks a departure for Comlux, which operates five ACJs and a largely Bombardier fleet of large-cabin executive jets, and also has a completion facility in the USA.
"We are mostly known for our Airbuses, but unfortunately these are busy so we decided to show the 767 at MEBA," says Brugirard.
She says she sees strong signs of recovery in the Middle East market. "In the second half of the year things have really picked up. Demand is growing, particularly for higher-end aircraft, and we tend to do well out of that because our service standards are exceptionally high," she adds.