Delta AirElite Business Jets Adds Learjet 31A to Charter Fleet

Popular aircraft will serve Fleet Membership, charter customers

CINCINNATI, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Delta AirElite Business Jets continues to expand its fleet and service options for customers by adding a Learjet 31A to its operating certificate. Based at the Fort Wayne International Airport, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the aircraft joins the Delta AirElite fleet through a strategic partnership and charter management agreement with Speedbird Aviation, a Fort Wayne-based aviation services company. The Learjet enhances Delta AirElite’s ability to respond to the continued growth and demand for aircraft charter and membership flying.

“The Learjet 31A joins two Fort Wayne-based Speedbird Learjet 45s also in our fleet,” said Michael B. Green, president and chief executive officer of Delta AirElite Business Jets. “Demand for charter has been strong across the Midwest and we have seen significant growth in the Ft. Wayne and Chicago markets. Our alliance with Speedbird Aviation allows us to better serve charter customers and our Fleet Members. We operate one of the largest, most diverse fleet of popular, late-model charter aircraft in the Midwest.”

Charter management agreements offer an attractive option for corporations and aircraft owners who want to lower aircraft ownership costs by having their corporate jets certified for Delta AirElite’s commercial charter operations. With access to more than 400 business jets strategically positioned throughout the United States, Delta AirElite continues to strategically increase its fleet size through charter management agreements.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about the success of our partnership and our ability to help Delta AirElite grow its fleet,” said Tom Kelley, president of Speedbird Aviation. “Our partnership with Delta AirElite is a benefit to us and also gives companies and individuals in this region the ability to charter locally based aircraft.”

The seven-passenger Learjet 31A is one of the fastest jets in its class, with speeds up to 533 mph and a range of 1,400 miles. The aircraft continues to be a popular choice for both Fleet Members and charter customers.

Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) , providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and its innovative Fleet Membership and Flexjet Membership programs. With more than 20 years of serving business aviation travelers, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline. The company operates a diverse fleet of Bombardier Challenger, Learjet, Gulfstream, Hawker and Cessna Aircraft. For more information, please call 877-DAE-JETS (877-323-5387).

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