Aviation News in Brief

Comlux and Airbus officials sign the deal on the latest ACJ320neo.

Aviation News in Brief

Comlux orders fourth ACJ320neo, taking its total ACJ orders to 20: Comlux has placed a new order for an ACJ320neo, re-affirming its role as the largest single customer for the aircraft and taking its total orders for the type to four. The deal means that Comlux has now ordered a total of 20 Airbus corporate jets. Cabin outfitting will be done by Comlux Completion in Indianapolis.

“Airbus and Comlux have both made a business out of setting new standards, of which the ACJ320neo and our growing fleet of them are the latest examples,” said Comlux chairman and CEO Richard Gaona. “We are already the largest customer for ACJ320neo Family aircraft, all powered by the new CFM International LEAP-1A engine. Together with our extensive outfitting experience, plus four NEO cabins booked for completion at our centre in Indianapolis, we are in a leading position.”

The ACJ320neo is derived from the Airbus A320neo aircraft family, which features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets.

Metrojet Hong Kong gets Qatar approval: Hong Kong-based Metrojet announced that its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business in Hong Kong has recently received approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) as an Approved Maintenance Organisation for Qatar-registered aircraft. The approval covers Metrojet HK MRO’s full capability list of Gulfstream, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft types. “The QCAA approval received for our HK MRO aligns with the one we obtained for our Clark MRO earlier this year, in which we see the increasing demand to support A7-registered aircraft in Hong Kong and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. We are dedicated to continue strengthening our MRO service offerings in both MROs and to develop the Metrojet brand as the MRO of choice in Asia-Pacific,” Bruce Watson, general manager of Metrojet HK MRO commented.

Satcom Direct appoints new Asia-Pacific regional director : Satcom Direct has appointed John Tan as regional director for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Based out of the company’s Hong Kong office, Tan will manage the APAC sales and business development activities. As the senior executive in the region, his responsibilities include providing leadership to the regional commercial and technical team, maintaining and developing commercial activity in the region, and delivering valuable input into product innovation. He will report directly to the vice president international, Michael Skou Christensen, who was previously regional director for the APAC region.

Lanmei Airlines selects Rusada’s ENVISION: Cambodian low-cost carrier Lanmei Airlines has signed up for Rusada’s MRO and flight operations software, ENVISION. Lanmei Airlines commenced operations in September 2017 and has since seen a rapid expansion of its fleet and routes. It now serves Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Sihanoukville and Palau from its bases in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The airline’s fleet now stands at nine aircraft, all of which are A320 family.


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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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