NEW YORK, August 23, 2011 — Inc. magazine today ranked Desert Jet, an aircraft management and charter company based in Southern California, number 296 on its 30th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.
Desert Jet was founded in 2007 by pilot and entrepreneur Denise Wilson to help individuals and corporations use business jets to fulfill their corporate and personal travel needs. Desert Jet experienced explosive growth over the last several years as fractional share owners, jet card holders and aircraft owners turned to the company to provide them with more cost effective private jet travel and ownership options.
Unlike charter brokers, Desert Jet actually operates its own fleet of jet aircraft, ensuring quality for their clients in such crucial areas as the experience level of the flight crew, safety and anticipatory service. Desert Jet is the only jet charter company on the 2011 Inc. 500 list that is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an air carrier and regulated by the Department of Transportation.
“We are excited to be recognized on the Inc. 500 list as the fastest growing jet charter company in the country, a validation of our team’s hard work, dedication and commitment to customer service,” said Denise Wilson, President of Desert Jet. “We are fortunate to have such a devoted team working to meet our clients’ needs, and a loyal clientèle that refers us to their friends and associates.”
The three-year growth rate for Desert Jet was 1101 percent. Desert Jet also ranked as the fastest growing aviation company in the country and #25 of all women-run companies.
“More than ever, this year’s list is a testament to the creativity, resilience, and tenacity of America’s top entrepreneurs,” wrote Inc. magazine Editor-in-Chief, Jane Berentson, in a letter to Desert Jet.
About Desert Jet
Desert Jet is a full-service aviation management company that provides clients with expertise in acquiring and operating private jet aircraft, and offers on-demand charters in its fleet of jet aircraft. Desert Jet was one of the first jet charter providers in the world to become IS-BAO certified, exceeding a global industry safety standard. The company is operated and managed by National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) designated Certified Aviation Managers. The company’s founder, Denise Wilson, was a finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 contest, in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. Desert Jet is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and ranked 296 on the 2011 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest growing companies.