Best Of The Best 2006: Executive Privilege

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In 1964, Clay Lacy was the first to fly a corporate jet, a Learjet 23, to the West Coast (from Learjet’s base in Wichita, Kan.). Forty-two years later, Lacy is still flying that plane, and his company—Clay Lacy Aviation—is a force in the general aviation industry, with a vertical operation that includes jet sales and acquisitions, charter management, aircraft maintenance, and even aerial photography. Incorporated in 1968, the company has clients who have been with it longer than 20 years, often migrating from one service to another.

In Clay Lacy’s latest innovation, called the Executive Travel Program, participants either charge their travel against a debit account or guarantee a certain level of annual activity (100 hours, for example). In both cases, the company offers deeply discounted pricing on charters from its fleet of about 35 aircraft, which includes 18 Gulfstreams. Planes for charter range from an eight-passenger Learjet 35, at an hourly rate of $1,750, to a Boeing Business Jet configured for a maximum of 17 passengers, priced at $7,500 per hour.

Clay Lacy also makes empty-leg flights available to its ETP members at sharply reduced rates. Round-the-clock con­cierge service is available.

Clay Lacy Aviation
800.423.2904
www.claylacy.com

The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…
The amphibious aircraft only requires a sport-pilot license to fly and can be towed behind a car…