Best Of The Best 2006: As You Like It

At the end of the day,” says Michael Green, president and CEO of Delta AirElite, “we can’t make our airplanes fly any higher or any faster than anyone else can. So people are our first priority.”

Indeed, the company has done much to improve customer service. AirElite recently launched the first 10-hour jet card in the private aviation industry. Green reports that it is the only company that allows you to choose whether to fly planes of a particular type or a particular size. (Others offer one or the other.) Air­Elite also has diversified and modernized its fleet. The company is one of the first operators to certify the Bombardier Challenger 300 and the ultralong-range Gulfstream G550 for charter use. Overall, its planes range from light jets such as the Raytheon Beechjet 400A and Citation V/Ultra (with prices beginning at $41,400 for 10 hours) to large-cabin jets such as the Bombardier Challenger 604 and Gulfstream G550 (beginning at $102,900 for 10 hours). 

As for the current financial troubles of Delta Air Lines and how its fortunes might affect Delta AirElite, a wholly owned subsidiary that was established in 1984, Green says, “This carrier has been around since 1928 and has a solid reputation for operational integrity. I have no doubt that it will come out on top.

Delta AirElite Business Jets



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