Elite Jets has added seven full-time staff members, a 21 percent increase, in response to higher demand for its charter services because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new hires, which bring its total employment to 40 full-time and six part-time, include three additional pilots, bringing the total to 22 (21 jet pilots and one helicopter pilot).
“For affluent travelers, the choice about how to fly—first-class commercially or privately—once was a financial decision,” said Elite Jets executive v-p Stephen Myers. “Now it is a health and safety decision. Passengers feel more comfortable knowing it is just their traveling party and flight crew on board, and that has fueled a surge in interest for charter flights.”
Based at Naples Airport on Florida's Gulf Coast, the five-year-old Part 135 company operates from a private terminal and three hangars. Elite Jets’ fleet comprises four Embraer Phenom 300s, a Legacy 500, and Bell 407. It also manages a Hawker 850XP.