Best Of The Best 2006: Executive Privilege

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  • Joseph E. Burnside

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

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