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Desert Jet added four aircraft to its charter fleet in 2017, and saw a 40% increase in charter flight hours and a 62% increase in charter revenue.

Desert Jet reports growth in 2017 and continues momentum into 2018

February 14, 2018:

Leading business aviation services company Desert Jet has reported a remarkable year-over-year growth in 2017 to its charter, FBO and maintenance businesses, with revenues increasing 100%.

Desert Jet added four new aircraft to its charter fleet last year, including three super-mid-sized jets, and saw an upsurge reflecting 40% increase in charter flight hours and 62% increase in charter revenue.

Desert Jet Center, the company's fixed base operation (FBO), also reported significant growth after a year-and-a-half of operations. Desert Jet Center is currently under construction of its new 32,000 sq. ft. executive terminal at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Palm Springs/Thermal, California. Desert Jet Center increased traffic to the airport by 17% and captured 35% total market share in 2017. The FBO also reported a huge increase in customer service reviews with more than 10 times as many five-star reviews to industry sites such as Airnav, Fltplan.com and Foreflight, designating Desert Jet Center as the highest customer service rated FBO in the greater Palm Springs/Thermal area. Desert Jet Center also became the only IS-BAH registered FBO in the entire region in 2017.

Desert Jet Maintenance, the company's Cessna Citation-specialized FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station, saw double-digit growth in the last quarter of 2017, added significant AOG capabilities on every airframe type, and again earned the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence.

"2017 was a great year, having celebrated our tenth anniversary and bringing more team members into our fold," stated Denise Wilson, president and CEO of Desert Jet. "The growth has been exciting due to the number of talented people we've been able to add to our team as we solidify our place as the leading aviation company in the Palm Springs area."

Desert Jet doubled its workforce in 2017 to support the increased demand for charter flights, jet maintenance and the level of transient aircraft activity forecasted for the airport. Within the first month of 2018, the momentum has been maintained with the addition of a new Cessna Citation CJ3 to the charter fleet, an increase in FBO visits up 60% year over year and a 252% percent increase in business for Desert Jet Maintenance as compared to Jan 2017.

 

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