(2011) Executive Air introducing its first jet service

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(2011) Executive Air introducing its first jet service

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(2011) Executive Air introducing its first jet service

EXECUTIVE AIR has introduced a new dimension of air transportation in the Caribbean with its first Jet Service.

The new aircraft added is a Citation 650-3 Jet. The new jet service was launched yesterday at the South Ramp Hanger of the Grantley Adams International Airport, four years since Executive Air Limited began operating in Barbados.

Executive Air has been operating since 2007 to all Caribbean destinations using a luxurious Cessna 41 aircraft.

Captain John Ackie, CEO of Executive Air Limited and Executive Corporate Charters (ECC), said at the ceremony that “we stand on the threshold of another phase of our development”.

He said, “We are the only private operation [based] in Barbados and the first commercial jet service on the island. We have a lot in the pipelines and very soon we will be informing the public about our future expansion. We will see the increase in the number of aircraft and improve the service in Barbados.”

Ackie explained said that they “are ready to introduce a new dimension to air transportation in the Caribbean region, Canada and North America, Executive Air’s first jet service and its subsidiary company ECC membership program”.

The Citation 650-3 Jet has a seating capacity for nine persons and two crew members and has a 500-mile-per-hour cruising speed at 41 000 feet. So travelling from Barbados to Miami will only take a mere three hours.

He emphasised, “Our goal is to take the hassle out of travel planning and get our clients to their destinations safely and on time consistently with red carpet treatment. For those companies whose business executives travel frequently, there is an opportunity for great savings with our membership program.”

The company caters to everyone, but predominately to the business traveller. According to him, “We do charters, [so] if you want to charter for one or nine persons, it is the same cost of operation. The price can range from US$3 500 to US$5 500 per hour.”

In speaking about the airline industry, he remarked that while it is a harsh environment and once you have done your market research, you would know how to adjust to the increase in fuel, airport taxes and, generally, you have to keep readjusting the plan.
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