This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Elite Jets Charters has hired six additional pilots in anticipation of sustained demand for private flying, the Naples, Florida-based operator announced this week. The hires bring its Naples Airport-based pilot ranks to a total of 18 with a combined 57 million nautical miles of flying experience.
“Adding new pilots allows us to schedule more flights each week and ultimately help additional passengers safely travel to and from southwest Florida,” said Elite Jets executive v-p Stephen Myers. “Industry experts believe demand for private air travel will stay strong for years to come as passengers remain apprehensive about traveling commercially. Our latest additions position the company well for future growth.”
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Elite Jets has implemented additional safety protocols for passengers and staff, including new cleaning procedures for its terminal as well as for its fleet, which includes a Bell 407 helicopter and five twinjets—four Embraer Phenom 300s and a Legacy 500. The heightened safety measures add another layer of reassurance for customers who are opting to fly privately, the company said.