Elite Air CEO Gray Gibbs recently assisted a longtime customer in purchasing a Global Express XRS. Gibbs, also a tax attorney and aircraft sales consultant, helped the customer find the right jet and negotiated the deal.
The new Global, the second managed by Elite Air, will be available for charter in the next several weeks once its addition to the company’s 135 certificate is FAA-approved.
“We have a lot of experience managing the Global 5000 that’s been on our certificate for years,” Gibbs said. “When this one came on the market at the right price, we knew it was the perfect aircraft for this customer’s needs.”
The Global XRS has a range of 6,300 nautical miles, can carry 14 passengers and reaches mach 0.89 at a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet. Its stand-up cabin is nearly 8 feet wide and more than 40 feet long. The heavy jet’s steep approach and takeoff angles allow it to operate out of some of the world’s most challenging airports.
The Global XRS’s state-of-the-art avionics include auto-throttles and a latest-generation heads-up display.
“For any of our customers who’ve experienced the comfort and performance of our Global 5000, this aircraft takes it up a notch,” Elite Air Sales Director AJ Becker said. “It’s now the biggest jet in our fleet, making us capable of accommodating larger parties than ever before.”