Kilpatrick flew Air Soave amid text-message scandal fallout

Kwame Kilpatrick outside his vacation home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 24, 2008, preparing to fly back to Detroit.

Frequent alleged extorter Kwame Kilpatrick was a frequent flyer on Air Soave, according to the feds.

In all, Kilpatrick, his cronies, family, bodyguards and mistress enjoyed $385,000 worth of flights on Grosse Pointe Farms businessman Tony Soave’s fleet of private jets, according to the feds.

Kilpatrick bought this vacation home for $430,000 in June 2007in a golf course community in Tallahassee. (Mark Wallheiser / Special to The Detroit News/)

The most expensive flight, however, is the most intriguing.

On Jan. 23, 2008, the Detroit Free Press published Kilpatrick’s text messages, revealing an affair between the mayor and Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.

The same day, Kilpatrick flew to Tallahassee, Fla., for a family vacation — courtesy of Air Soave, according to prosecutors.

Kilpatrick and four others jetted to the family’s $430,000 vacation home. The News spotted Kilpatrick, his wife and their children outside the fancy digs on Jan. 24 as he prepared to fly home.

Total cost: $28,582

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at or (313) 222-2028.