CINCINNATI, Feb. 22, 2006 - Delta AirElite Business Jets continues to expand its fleet with the recent addition of a Citation X and Learjet 31A to its operating certificate. The Citation X is based near Miami, Fla. at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport and the Learjet 31A is based at the Delta AirElite Jet Center at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
"The Citation X has been a very popular super-midsize aircraft because of its speed and comfortable cabin,” said Michael B. Green, president and chief executive officer of Delta AirElite Business Jets. "This aircraft not only complements our fleet, but its strategic location in Florida enhances our ability to quickly respond to our customer’s travel needs.”
The Citation X is the world’s fastest business jet, cruising at up to 600 mph. With seating for eight passengers and a range of 3,300 miles, the Citation X can fly from Los Angeles to New York in less than four hours. The aircraft offers a spacious stand-up cabin with a full complement of cabin amenities for comfortable travel and a productive work environment.
The seven-passenger Learjet 31A is one of the fastest jets in its class, with speeds up to 533 mph and a range of 1,400 miles. The aircraft continues to be a popular choice for both Fleet Members and charter customers.
“The addition of the Citation X and Learjet 31A enhances our capabilities to serve our customers.” Green continued. “As demand for Fleet Membership and charter continues to grow, we’re committed to offering our customers one of the largest, most diverse fleet of popular late-model aircraft in the industry.”
With access to more than 400 business jets positioned throughout the United States, Delta AirElite is strategically increasing its fleet size through charter management agreements. The agreements allow Delta AirElite to increase aircraft availability without large capital commitments and offer on-demand charter service on a broad base of high-quality, well-maintained corporate jets. Charter management agreements are also an attractive option for corporations and aircraft owners who want to lower aircraft ownership costs and generate revenue by having their corporate jets certified for Delta AirElite's commercial charter operations. The additional aircraft also support member travel for Delta AirElite's Fleet Membership program.
Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and its innovative Fleet Membership and Flexjet Membership programs. With more than 21 years of serving business aviation travelers, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline. The company operates a diverse fleet of Bombardier Challenger, Learjet, Gulfstream, Hawker and Cessna aircraft.