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Elite Jets adds Gulfstream G550 business jet to fleet

Elite Jets has added a seventh luxury jet to its fleet, a sleek Gulfstream G550 capable of nonstop flights from Naples to Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The fuel-efficient Gulfstream G550 can accommodate up to 18 passengers and offers superior safety ratings, leather reclining seats, a full restroom and deluxe amenities like an onboard entertainment system, Wi-Fi and personalized temperature controls.

With a range of 6,750 nautical miles, the Gulfstream G550 is capable of flights lasting up to 15 hours. Elite Jets provides multiple pilot teams for long-haul flights.

“Some of the largest commercial jets cannot fly as far as the Gulfstream G550,” said Stephen Myers, executive vice president at Elite Jets. “Whether it is busy executives pressed for time or leisure and luxury travelers flying for safety and convenience, they want to be efficient and prefer not to stop for flight crew swapping or needless refueling. This jet expedites cross-country and international travel, bridging the gap with destinations like California, Hawaii, London, Paris and even Tokyo and Seoul.”

Elite Jets is providing professional management services for the Gulfstream G550 and a Hawker 850XP through a Charter Revenue Program, which allows jet owners to generate revenue when an aircraft is not in use by the owner. The company has hired three pilots to captain the Gulfstream G550 – Rodrigo Frighetto, Brian Wilkins and Sergio Guimares – and a flight attendant, Stacey Victoria Stelmach.

Frighetto is a licensed pilot in the U.S., Brazil and Qatar who most recently served as a captain transporting VIP passengers on international flights aboard a Gulfstream. He has worked as a private pilot for two decades on turboprop and jet aircraft, and has flown to countries on six continents.

Wilkins has accrued eight jet type ratings and has been a professional pilot for 20 years in roles as an instructor, captain and director of safety. As the director of aviation for a college-level program, Wilkins helped U.S. veterans achieve their goal of becoming pilots after returning from overseas.

Guimares has been a pilot for nearly two decades, primarily flying Lear and Gulfstream jets. His international experience includes 5,000 hours flying charter and private jets to Europe, Asia and South America.

Stelmach’s role includes on-board safety preparations and guidance, passenger service, maintaining the cabin, and providing in-flight food and beverage service. She has 10 years of experience as a corporate flight attendant and has completed multiple corporate flight training programs and earned an aviation management certificate.

In addition to the Gulfstream G550 and Hawker 850XP, Elite Jets owns four Embraer Phenom 300s and one Embraer Legacy 500, as well as a Bell 407 Jet Ranger helicopter.

Elite Jets operates from a private terminal at Naples Airport. It is the only Southwest Florida-based charter service offering a Gulfstream G550 and the only company with hangar space large enough to store the aircraft indoors.

For more information or to book a flight, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.

About Elite Jets Charters

Founded in 2016, Elite Jets is a premier, safety-focused charter aircraft service that serves destinations across the U.S. and abroad. Elite Jets’ fleet includes four Phenom 300s, one Legacy 500 and a Bell 407 helicopter, as well as management of a Hawker 850XP and Gulfstream G550. The company’s Embraer luxury jets are well-suited for business and leisure travelers while offering an eco-friendly, best-in-class carbon footprint. Elite Jets maintains an Argus Platinum Rating, a prestigious safety and quality designation earned by just 5% of charter operators nationwide. The company also is registered with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (ISBAO), a set of industry-leading best practices, and the WYVERN safety data network, which displays its Safety Intelligence Report and regulatory compliance information. Elite Jets also offers aircraft management services, which include providing pilots, training, maintenance, fleet insurance, scheduling and additional services. Passengers enjoy concierge-level service from Elite Jets’ new private terminal at the Naples Airport, 125 Aviation Drive South in Naples. Charter flights and empty leg flights are available.  For more information, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.

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