Naples-based air-service charter company Elite Jets has added a dozen new team members, including seven pilots, to its workforce as it responds to increased demand from affluent business and leisure travelers. The company also recently announced it has extended its lease with the Naples Airport Authority to continue operating its luxury charter service through 2050.
Since it was founded in 2016, Elite Jets has grown to include a private terminal at Naples Airport consisting of three adjacent hangars. The company, according to a statement, serves clients with a fleet that includes four Embraer Phenom 300s and one Embraer Legacy 500, luxury jets that serve destinations across North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Elite Jets also owns a Bell 407 helicopter available for sightseeing and travel across South Florida. Additionally, the company provides management services for a Gulfstream G550 jet capable of long-haul flights to Europe and Asia.
“Naples Airport is a tremendous asset for Collier County residents and visitors, and its impact on our local economy and way of life is immeasurable,” Elite Jets President Mark London says in the statement. “This new lease signifies our commitment to continue serving Collier County for many years to come, both from an aviation standpoint and as a community partner to the nonprofits that make Southwest Florida such a great place to live.”
The personnel additions, meanwhile, include captains, first officers and a director of quality, as well as professionals in client services, accounting and information technology.
“The past two years have marked a period of tremendous growth across the private aviation industry as affluent travelers are choosing to fly privately over first class commercially,” Executive Vice President Stephen Myers says in a separate statement. “At any given point, we might have jets across multiple time zones or even multiple countries, so we need to maintain a ground support team and pilot teams capable of providing an exceptional, reliable travel experience to our passengers.”