A joint venture with an Orange County executive charter and aircraft management firm will give Elite Aviation a second base of operations and access to mid to light jets and turboprops.

The venture is the first step in what is called a long-term relationship between Elite, based at Van Nuys Airport, and STAjets, which has a facility at John Wayne Airport.

“We are happy to have a footprint in Orange County and the additional aircraft to offer a few more options,” said Elite President and CEO Chris Holifield,. “There is a demand for service like ours.”

Both Elite and STAjets place a premium on customer service and providing one-of-a-kind experience for their respective clients.

Elite’s customer base is solid in the entertainment and media industries while STAjets draws from the wealthy and Fortune 100 businesses based in Orange County.

Among the STAjets aircraft that Elite will use are Bombardier, Hawker, Nextant, Citation, and Pilatus jets or turboprops.

A combination of the two companies will improve efficiencies and will eventually lead to some hiring at Elite, Holifield said.

Both Elite and STAjets are privately held and Holifield and STAjets President Kurt Belcher would not disclose their financial investment in the joint venture.

“We are both financially committed to seeing both companies grow,” Belcher said.