Elite Air Adds Five More Aicraft to Fleet


Two Challengers, a 350 and a 300, a Citation X and a Learjet 45 highlight the latest additions to Elite Air Inc.’s growing 135 charter fleet. The industry leading aircraft management and charter company has also added a Piper Malibu propeller plane to its portfolio, giving it another ideal option for short hops around its St. Petersburg-Clearwater base of operations.

“Elite Air has always prided itself on providing that personal touch when it comes to each and every one of its aircraft,” company CEO Gray Gibbs said. “And while that commitment to customer service will never change, we are delighted our reputation as a fair, 100% above-board operator has continued to allow us to bring on new clients.”

The Challenger 350, Bombardier’s new game changing super midsize business jet, is the second Elite Air has had the opportunity to manage. The new aircraft is based at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). The original C350 on the certificate, the first in the world made available for charter, is based at Orlando International Airport (MCO).

The Bombardier Challenger 350 offers unparalleled performance in a super midsize aircraft, as well as unmatched comfort and amenities, including free wireless internet access, large TV monitors forward and aft capable of playing different media on each screen from multiple sources (iPad, DVD, Blu-ray, storage devices, internet streaming), satellite radio, and noise cancelling Bose headsets at each seat.

One of the most charter friendly aircraft in the world, the 350 can be configured to hold as many as 10 passengers and travel at nearly 600 mph.

The addition of a Boca Raton based Challenger 300, the immediate predecessor to the 350, gives Elite Air a super midsize option in the greater Miami area for the first time.

The newest Citation X to the Elite Air fleet is also based at ORL and is under charter friendly ownership. The aircraft is known for its speed and is often called the world’s fastest business jet. The super-midsize cruises at up to 700 mph (Mach 0.92) and offers a nonstop range of 3,750 miles at 51,000 feet max cruising altitude, a 30 x 5.5 x 6-foot cabin and 82 cubic feet of pressurized baggage space.

The Learjet 45, based at Elite Air’s St. Petersburg-Clearwater headquarters, offers all the speed and luxury of the smaller Lears on the certificate while seating eight and traveling nearly 2,500 miles nonstop.

“All of these aircraft fit perfectly into Elite Air’s expertise and mission,” Gibbs said. “Even the Malibu, an aircraft I owned as a private pilot, is a best-in-class option. We look forward to sharing these planes with our customers.”