Jota Aviation, the independently owned specialist UK air charter firm, is celebrating the arrival of its first jet aircraft. The London Southend Airport, Essex based company has added the British Aerospace 146-200 regional jet to its charter fleet, having formally been awarded an A licensed Aircraft Operator’s Certificate for the type by the UK Civil Aviation Authority on Friday, 10th October. Jota is now offering the aircraft, which features a newly refurbished fresh interior with 95 leather seats to scheduled airlines, inclusive tour companies and corporates as well as air charter brokers looking for newly available capacity for music and sports group work, conference and incentive flights and other ad hoc activity. Jota Aviation already has a close association with motorsports through its long established Jota Sport division.
“This a very exciting milestone in the four years of Jota Aviation,” commented Andy Green, Managing Director, who first introduced the aircraft in Jota’s orange and carbon branding to the workforce on 29th August.
Jota Aviation’s Commercial Manager Mike Sessions is now working to place the aircraft into the charter market. “We already have a lot of interest,” he noted, highlighting the 146’s range of over 1,400 nms, generous cabin and its rugged, short field operating characteristics make it ideal for popular European leisure and business destinations. It has been configured so that the centre seat of each treble seat row can turn into a table. In readiness for revenue service some 15 flight and cabin crew, plus several administration personnel have been recruited.
The BAe 146, which is also London City Airport compatible, joins Jota Aviation’s growing charter fleet of Beechcraft King Airs.