Elite Air Grows Fleet in St. Pete, Houston, Indiana

A St. Petersburg-based Falcon 50 is one of five aircraft to have joined the Elite Air fleet this month. Shown at bottom right is a Citation Excel that’s also new to the portfolio. More aircraft are coming soon.

A St. Petersburg-based Falcon 50 is one of five aircraft to have joined the Elite Air fleet this month. Shown at bottom right is a Citation Excel that’s also new to the portfolio. More aircraft are coming soon.

Elite Air has added five more aircraft, four jets and one turboprop, to its charter certificate. Each of the aircraft is available for charter trips now.

A Dassault Falcon 50 super-midsize (pictured above) will join the ranks at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport. The long-range corporate jet, featuring a three engine layout and advanced wing design, can carry up to nine passengers at nearly 600 miles per hour.

Elite Air has added three new Citations to its portfolio, an Excel based in Indiana, an XLS in Houston, Texas (David Wayne Hooks Airport), and a Citation V also based at Hooks. The Citation V is a light jet comparable to a Lear 31, while the Excel is a mid-size aircraft and a predescessor to the XLS. “The XLS is very roomy and comfortable,” the aircraft’s captain, Steve Duke, said. Duke said the Houston-based V is also roomy for its class and was recently refurbished.

Elite Air has also added a second King Air, this one a 350, to its certificate. The high-performance turbo-prop will be based in Houston alongside the Citation V and Excel.

Be on the lookout for individual profiles of each new charter aircraft here on the Elite Air website and on the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Elite-Air-139090768823.