In April 1999, after 17 years working at Airbus,Richard was appointed Vice President of Airbus Executive and Private division in order to launch the Airbus Corporate Jetliner program.During his 8 years leading the Executive and Private Aviation at Airbus,Richard Gaona achieved a total of 120 aircraft sold around the world. Among its major achievements,we can highlight the sale of the first A380 VIP Flying Palace to Prince Al Walid bin Talal bin al Saoud of Saudi Arabia and as well the launch of the successful Airbus A318 Elite program.
In November 2007, after more than 25 years with Airbus, Richard Gaona joined Comlux, the Swiss-based VIP charter operator, and created the group Comlux.
In 2011 , he received an award from European Business Aviation. Association (Ebaa) for recognition of his career and support to development of business aviation.
Richard Gaona is currently Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Comlux Group. Under his leadership Comlux became:
– an approved Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier VIP Cabin completion & Service center
– one of the largest VIP charter company worldwide and successively the launching customer of the Bombardier Global 7000 , the Boeing BBJ MAX and the Airbus ACJ neo.
– the first worldwide wide body sales company with more than 60 transactions in the last ten years