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be like a private car service of the sky. “Individuals who value their time can fly
without the hassles and inconvenience of airline travel,” she says, adding that
there are no membership or fractional share requirements.
The expansion includes a state-of-the-art conference room, catering
kitchen, jet maintenance shop space, the capacity to store 48,000 gallons
of jet fuel, and 23,000 square feet of hangar space with door heights of 28
feet and a width of 130 feet to accommodate the latest corporate jets.
Meanwhile, Oliphant Aviation has begun selling and renting aircraft storage
hangars in a new complex that will grow the airport’s capacity by about 10
percent. “Our clientele ... want to put their airplanes in shade,” says longtime
desert developer Dick Oliphant. “They’re here and all over, and they come in
and out frequently. There’s a lot of them out there.”
With a shortage of private hangars at airports in Palm Springs and
Bermuda Dunes, the new facilities at Jacqueline Cochran are meeting
growing demand for space. The demand comes not only from high-wealth
businesspeople who frequent the desert, but also from members of the
Thermal Club, a private racetrack for o wners of luxury sports cars situated on
344 acres south of the airport. About 80 percent of them also own aircraft,
Major events such as the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament and
Goldenvoice concerts (Coachella, Stagecoach, and Desert Trip) also factor
into the 90,000 annual takeoffs and landings at Jacqueline Cochran.
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