“Start counting when you hear the engines—one-one thousand two-one thousand. Just count to five and then…see you later,” says Bill Papariella, CEO and founder of Jet Edge, as we taxi onto the Santa Rosa airport runway. Before I can complete the count to six, the Gulfstream is shooting upwards on the way home to Los Angeles.
“At 51,000 feet flying long range you can go up to the front of the plane and see the curvature of the earth. You’re sipping fuel because the air is so light the plane is like a missile. This plane costs $2400 an hour to operate at 51,000 feet,” says Papariella, whose company provides end-to-end global aircraft management specializing in large cabin aircraft, primarily Gulfstreams, an approach that has given Jet Edge a competitive advantage, driving down costs.
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