Mountain Aviation Partners with Sun Valley Air Club

Jan 08, 2014, 08:00 ET from Mountain Aviation

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain Aviation has added its first Bombardier aircraft—a Learjet 60—to its charter fleet as it launches a partnership with the Sun Valley Air Club (SVAC) of Sun Valley, Idaho.

A Learjet 60 offers speed, range and comfort to the fleet. It climbs to its cruise level of 43,000 feet in less than 14 minutes with maximum takeoff weight, getting the aircraft above adverse weather and other air traffic quickly. At cruise level, the Lear 60 can reach speeds up to 525 mph has a range of 2590 miles with full load. The cabin is 5'8" high and offers generous club seats and workspace.

Mountain Aviation is the air charter carrier overseeing flight operations for the innovative Air Club based in the legendary mountain resort community. The Lear 60 and a Piaggio Avanti II are the two initial aircraft dedicated to Air Club flights, and they are based at the Atlantic Aviation terminal at Hailey Friedman Airport. This eliminates repositioning charges to move a plane to pick up SVAC members in Sun Valley.

"For 20 years Mountain Aviation has operated to and from the most challenging airports of the Mountain West, including Sun Valley. Safety is our core company value and we believe this will bring peace of mind to the SVAC members and guests whom we will have the privilege of serving," said Founder and President Rich Bjelkevig. "We are excited about being part of this vision to bring unique value to this community."

Members began flights on Dec. 21, enjoying lower hourly charter rates than those of other jet charter services. Furthermore, there are no fees for the empty leg on flights to key destinations: Denver, Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, LA Area, and Palm Springs.

Another unique feature is that an online "Virtual Clubhouse" facilitates members sharing flights or grabbing an empty leg to save even more money and think green. "This will be a game-changer for Sun Valley air travel," predicts Norman Nie, Founder and CEO of SVAC.   

If additional aircraft are needed to meet membership demand, Mountain Aviation will draw on its young fleet of over 20 jet and turboprop aircraft in bases such as Aspen, Denver, Fort Collins and Boise.

"We are exuberant about this partnership because Mountain Aviation is an elite organization with unswerving commitment to quality, integrity, safety and service," noted Nie.  Mountain Aviation maintains an ARGUS Platinum safety rating and safety awards from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).

"SVAC and Mountain Aviation are about to revolutionize private air travel in and out of Sun Valley. It's time to join the Club!" states Nie.

About Mountain Aviation
Mountain Aviation, founded in 1993, is the largest aircraft management and private jet charter company based in the Rocky Mountain Region.  With bases in Denver, Eagle/Vail, Aspen, Fort Collins, Telluride as well as Boise and Sun Valley, Idaho, Mountain Aviation offers exceptional aircraft charter, management and maintenance services along with sales and acquisition services to discerning clients looking for unrivaled safety, service and value. Mountain Aviation operates a young fleet of Gulfstream, Bombardier/Lear Jet, Hawker, King Air, Piaggio, Pilatus, Citation Jet and turbo-prop aircraft all available for charter.

Media Contact:     Julian Tonsmeire 303-466-3506


SOURCE Mountain Aviation