February 8, 2010, La Quinta, California — Desert Jet has become the first Palm Springs-based air charter company to be authorized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to operate charter flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
All flights into DCA were restricted after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon on 9/11, due to DCA’s proximity to Washington D.C. The TSA has since allowed a few selected airlines and Part 135 on-demand charter operators to access to DCA under very stringent security conditions. Although the specific security procedures are confidential, Desert Jet underwent an eight month inspection process to demonstrate procedural and safety compliance with these procedures in accordance with the federally mandated DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP).
Flights to DCA must be approved by the TSA 72 hours prior to departure. Stringent background checks are conducted on all crew members and passengers prior to receiving TSA approval for specific flights to DCA. Crew and passengers must be screened by TSA personnel at approved gateway locations. Currently, there are 14 gateways designated, with St. Louis/Lambert Field and Chicago/Midway being the most convenient to the routing between Palm Springs and Washington, D.C. Despite these security restrictions, Desert Jet’s President, Denise Wilson, is pleased to be able to offer Palm Springs area residents and visitors a choice. “This is a significant announcement for our community. Palm Springs Airport, Bermuda Dunes Airport and the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal all now have direct access by air to our nation’s capitol, allowing our clients to choose this closer access over flying into Dulles or other surrounding airports.”
For more information about chartering a flight from Palm Springs area airports to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, please call the Desert Jet charter department at (800) 381-JETS or (760) 399-1000.
About Desert Jet
Desert Jet operates a Citation Encore, a Citation V and a King Air 200 from each of the desert’s three airports. Desert Jet also specializes in aircraft management with two NBAA-Certified Aviation Managers on staff. Desert Jet’s pilots are amongst the most experienced and well-trained pilots in the industry, with an average flight time of over 7500 hours. Desert Jet boasts a perfect safety record and is one of only 20 charter providers globally that are IS-BAO certified. Other safety ratings held by Desert Jet include Wyvern’s PASS (Pilot and Aircraft Safety Survey) ready status. Visit the Desert Jet website at www.desertjet.com or contact (800) 381-JETS.