Las Vegas-based Thrive Aviation has taken delivery of three pre-owned Cessna Citation Sovereign+ business jets. Thrive is a private aviation company dedicated to providing proactive service and elevated flight experiences for its guests across North America. With a newly opened corporate headquarters at Henderson Executive airport, its footprint in Las Vegas includes an expanded, private 21,000 sq ft hangar at Las Vegas McCarran International.
“We are proud to carry nearly every Cessna Citation model,” says Curtis Edenfield, Thrive CEO. “We look forward to continuing our growth with Textron Aviation in our future expansion plans.”
“The delivery of these Citation business jets is a significant milestone for Thrive, which can now support a greater range of customers and accommodate their every aviation need; a vision we share at Textron Aviation,” adds Rob Scholl, senior VP of sales and flight operations at Textron. “We appreciate the work that Thrive does, and it's exciting to witness its continued growth as it delivers passenger solutions for various mission profiles.”
By the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Thrive Aviation will boast 11 Cessna Citation jets. The three Sovereign+ aircraft are currently going through extensive interior and exterior overhauls, including paint to match Thrive Aviation's flagship livery design. These jets will join the company's existing array of aircraft, including two Cessna Citation M2 entry-level jets, four Cessna Citation CJ3+ light-jets, and one Cessna Citation XLS+ midsize business jet.
“Since the global COVID-19 pandemic began, more people are looking to private aviation as a means of travelling while limiting the spread of the virus,” continues Edenfield. “The delivery of these new aircraft will help us support increased demand and provide our clients with the well-being and peace of mind they seek for their families and businesses.”
With nearly 500 charter flights this year-to-date, Citations continue to be an aircraft of choice for private jet operators.
“As individuals look toward private aviation as an alternative to commercial travel at a time when health and wellness are of the utmost importance, we pride ourselves on the ability to offer a wide range of aircraft to support the varying needs of individuals, businesses, charter and special missions operators,” Scholl adds.