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Eco-friendly jets attract affluent 'green' travelers

June 14, 2023

Sustainable travel brings eco-friendly passengers to Elite Jets

Sustainable travel is rising in popularity as eco-friendly individuals, couples, families and friends take a new approach to vacation planning.

Many green travelers are not booking trips to big cities, theme parks and all-inclusive resorts. Instead, they are eyeing eco-friendly destinations to snorkel, scuba dive, paddleboard, hike, climb mountains, ride horses, bike and spot wildlife in their natural habitat.

Green travelers also are being more selective about where they spend their money. Hotels, restaurants, retail stores and rental car companies that promote eco-friendly policies and procedures can attract green travelers. More and more companies are no longer viewing green practices as an expense, but instead as a path toward profitability.

Celebrities, corporate executives and politicians often face criticism for their use of private jets. A reporter from Barron’s interviewed Stephen Myers, Executive Vice President at Elite Jets, about the carbon impact of flying privately. The article, which appeared in Penta magazine, helped dispel the myth that private jets are fuel-guzzling, environment-polluting vessels for the wealthy.

“We all should be good stewards of natural resources, including our environment,” Stephen was quoted as saying. “But the private jet of today is much more fuel efficient and emits less pollution than the jets of a generation ago.” 

READ MORE: Elite Jets’ Carbon and Green Footprint

Every individual and every industry should strive to minimize their impact on the environment. Below are frequently asked questions about how private aviation, and Elite Jets specifically, supports eco-friendly travel.

What is an eco-friendly jet? 

Jets with the best fuel economy are often considered green aircraft, and that starts with the design process. Aeronautical engineers continue to study aerodynamics, coatings and materials. Lighter aircraft that cut through the air will burn less fuel, which is better for the environment and enhances profitability.

Manufacturers continue studying renewable fuel sources in lieu of jet fuel. These same manufacturers are stepping up to incorporate more recycled metals, plastics and fabrics into cabin spaces. Quieter jets also can be considered green because they emit less noise pollution.

Which is greener – a private jet or commercial airplane?

Jets are like other vehicles. Some cars inevitably get better fuel economy or emit less pollutants than other models. However, all vehicles – from compact cars to seven-passenger SUVs – must comply with federal emission regulations. The same holds true for jets. In general, newer aircraft tend to be more eco-friendly than aircraft built 20 or more years ago.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a biofuel still in its infancy for jet engines and could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS) is a common fuel for piston-engine aircraft, and the FAA is actively working to reduce lead levels to improve emissions.

What other ways can flying privately be considered green?

The travel experience extends beyond the period from wheels up to wheels down. Private charter companies, as well as aircraft manufacturers, can implement environmentally friendly practices into their daily operation. Installing solar panels on hangar roofs to generate electricity, using recycled materials for catering boxes and purchasing organic, locally grown food all contribute in small ways to being more eco-friendly.

These are the same types of green practices any eco-friendly business can implement.

What eco-friendly practices has Elite Jets implemented?

Elite Jets committed to being an eco-friendly company right out of the gate upon its 2016 founding. That commitment to a fleet of eco-friendly aircraft began with the purchase of an Embraer Legacy 500 and four Embraer Phenom 300s.

Embraer integrated newer, more efficient technologies into the design process, creating clean sheet designs that are lighter and more aerodynamic. Thus, the jets are among the most fuel-efficient aircraft with the smallest carbon footprint in their class.

In addition to implementing a Sustainable Aviation Fuel program, Elite Jets:

  • Installed a private Tesla charging station for passengers with that best-in-class electric vehicle
  • Added LED lighting throughout hangars and offices
  • Restricted air-conditioned zones to workspaces and hallways within the hangar
  • Enabled motion-activated lighting systems
  • Distributes reusable water bottles rather than single-use plastic bottles
  • Supports local, eco-friendly vendors and partners

At Elite Jets, being green is not just a company mantra. It is a mission and lifestyle embraced by company leadership and pilots as well as client services, safety, maintenance and custodial teams.

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Book a green vacation

Elite Jets transports passengers to destinations across North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, on its Legacy 500 and Phenom 300 jets. The company also provides management services for a Gulfstream G550 jet capable of long-haul flights to Europe and Asia. Additionally, Elite Jets has a Bell 407 helicopter that provides sightseeing and travel services across southern Florida.

Ready to book a green vacation on an eco-friendly jet? There are three ways to get in touch with Elite Jets:

125 Aviation Drive S.
Naples, Florida 34104
Tel: 239.900.9000
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