September 8, 2008

Delta AirElite Becomes First Charter Operator of the Dassault Falcon 7X Aircraft in the United States; Luxury Aircraft Added to Meet Continued Customer Demand

CINCINNATI, Sept. 8, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delta AirElite Business Jets is proud to become the first charter operator of a 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X in the United States. The aircraft, based in the Rocky Mountain region, was added to the AirElite fleet this month and will fly faster, farther and higher than any Falcon business jet ever built.

"The Falcon 7X provides exceptional value and superior performance for our customers," said Curtis Kruger, Delta AirElite's Chief Operating Officer. "The long range capability, outstanding comfort and amenities this aircraft affords make it an ideal option for our customers."

With a non-stop range of nearly 7,000 statute miles and a maximum cruise speed of 559 mph, the Falcon 7X offers true global reach as well as speed and comfort for domestic trips. The cabin is full of modern amenities and seats up to 11 passengers, allowing customers to maximize their time onboard - whether working or resting in luxurious comfort.

"We remain committed to providing a world-class travel experience for our customers by offering the highest quality products and services available," said Kruger. "The Falcon 7X aircraft is a natural fit."

Delta AirElite continues to strategically expand its fleet through aircraft management agreements which provide high-quality and well-maintained jets for its broad base of customers. Aircraft management agreements are an attractive option for corporations and aircraft owners who want to lower aircraft ownership costs, generate revenue and enjoy unique benefits available only through Delta AirElite. Since the beginning of the year, Delta AirElite has added several aircraft to its fleet, including most recently its second Gulfstream G550, its fourth Bombardier Learjet 45 and a Cessna Citation CJ2+.

Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and its innovative Fleet Membership program. With 24 years of serving business aviation travelers, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline and has continuously held the coveted ARG/US Platinum safety rating longer than any other operator. The company operates a diverse fleet of Gulfstream, Cessna, Bombardier, and Hawker Beechcraft jets. Delta AirElite was recently voted Best Private Jet Service by readers of Executive Travel Magazine and consistently receives awards for outstanding customer service. The company has held an ARG/US Platinum Operator rating since 2001. For more information, please call 877-DAE-JETS (877-323-5387) or visit

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