CINCINNATI, Feb. 23 -- Delta AirElite Business Jets today announced the addition of a Citation Ultra, further expanding its charter fleet. The Citation Ultra is one of the most popular light business jets available.  Few jets in its class can compare in terms of cabin dimensions, speed and takeoff distance.  The nine-passenger aircraft offers cruising at speeds up to 460 mph with a range of 1,600 nautical miles.

“Delta AirElite offers a broad range of charter aircraft options to serve our customers varying needs and requests,” said Curtis Kruger, Delta AirElite’s Vice President of Flight Operations. “The addition of a Citation Ultra to our fleet further demonstrates our commitment to provide our customers with access to the most popular charter aircraft available.”

Delta AirElite was the first charter operator to add the luxurious Falcon 7X, the newest member of the Falcon Jet family, to its fleet.  In addition, Delta AirElite is also one of the first charter operators to certify the ultra long-range Gulfstream G550 and the super mid-size Bombardier Challenger 300 for commercial charter service.

Based in Columbia, Missouri, the Citation Ultra joins the Delta AirElite fleet through an aircraft management agreement.  Delta AirElite continues to expand its fleet through aircraft management agreements which provide high-quality and well-maintained jets for its broad base of customers. Aircraft management agreements are an attractive option for corporations and aircraft owners who want to lower aircraft ownership costs, generate revenue and enjoy unique benefits available only through Delta AirElite.

In January 2010, Delta AirElite doubled the size of its fleet with the acquisition of Kinston, N.C.-based Segrave Aviation, a leading jet charter and jet management company and an innovator in online booking and flight management technology. The acquisition supports Delta AirElite's strategy to offer differentiated products and services and best-cost options to its high-value customers.

Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and its innovative Fleet Membership program. Delta AirElite combines 25 years of experience serving business aviation travelers with the resources of the world’s largest airline to provide a truly exceptional travel solution. The Company operates a diverse fleet of Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream, and Hawker Beechcraft jets. Delta AirElite consistently receives awards for outstanding customer service and has continuously held the coveted ARG/US Platinum safety rating longer than any other operator in the world. More information is available by calling 877-DAE-JETS (877-323-5387) or by visiting

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