Delta AirElite Adds Challenger 300 and Learjet 45XR to Charter Fleet

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Delta AirElite, Delta Air Line's private jet charter and aircraft management service, said last week it had added a Bombardier Challenger 300 and Learjet 45XR to its charter fleet. Both aircraft are newly delivered 2005 models; the Challenger 300 is based in Stockton, Calif., while the Learjet's home will be College Station, Texas. Adding the two new jets brings to more than 400 the number of business jets Delta AirElite says are positioned throughout the United States and operating with it under charter agreements. The company operates a diverse fleet of Bombardier Challenger, Learjet, Gulfstream, Hawker and Cessna aircraft.

"Both the Learjet 45 and Challenger 300 have been very popular with our customers," said Michael B. Green, president and chief executive officer of Delta AirElite Business Jets. Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and a fractional ownership program, known as Fleet Membership. With more than 21 years of serving business aviation travelers, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline.