Flying High - Luxury jet travel continues to soar in popularity
by Jennifer Hafer
August 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 477 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dan Lucey, president of Flightworks, sits in one of the cabins of the ultra-luxury jets. (Staff/Jennifer Carter)
Dan Lucey, president of Flightworks, sits in one of the cabins of the ultra-luxury jets. (Staff/Jennifer Carter)
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TOWN CENTER - Time is money, they say, so for Cobb County business executives looking to save a little of both, there's an upscale option to traditional air travel: charter jet service.

"There are no security lines, no parking woes; these corporate passengers can go straight up to their jets, get out of their car and get directly on the plane to fly out," said Lynette Burnette, director of operations for Atlanta Executive Jet Center. "They can be up in the air in 15 minutes, and for these executives going from city to city to take care of their business, time is money for them."

Atlanta Executive Jet Center is the "fixed base operator" at McCollum Airport, providing fueling, aircraft maintenance, storage and cleaning, as well as catering and ground transportation to airport clients. It also plays the role of landlord of the Cobb County-owned airfield, leasing hangar space to Fortune 500 companies and celebrities who base their planes there and overseeing Elevation Chophouse, a popular restaurant located on the airfield.

"Flying on a private plane, it's luxury," Burnette said. "It's just like in the movies, and it's as good as you think it would be. Once you've done it, you don't want to ever fly commercial again."

McCollum Airport is home to more than 200 aircrafts that are privately or corporately owned, according to airport manager Karl Von Hagel.

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