Delta Adds Two Bizjets

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No, not that Delta. Instead, it’s Delta AirElite Business Jets -- a subsidiary of the scheduled carrier -- that announced last week it will add two jets, a Learjet 31A and a Hawker 700A, to its Part 135 charter operating certificate. The Learjet 31A will be based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Hawker 700A at the Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines and provides aircraft charter, aircraft management and a fractional ownership program. Now in its 20th year, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline, despite United Airlines’ aborted attempt to enter the market. "We are experiencing increased demand due to the growth of our Fleet Charter and Fleet Membership programs," said Michael B. Green, president and chief executive officer of Delta AirElite Business Jets, possibly ignoring the abysmal service scheduled carriers are dishing out these days. Delta AirElite presently offers access to more than 400 business jets positioned throughout the United States and says it is aggressively increasing its fleet size. That fleet includes a mix of Bombardier Challenger, Learjet, Gulfstream, Hawker and Cessna jets.