The Jota Group has purchased a BAE Systems Avro RJ85 jet from Falko to add to Jota Aviation’s current BAe 146-200 and King Air turboprop fleet. The aircraft was delivered on January 8, 2016. The company plays to employ an additional 12-15 flight crew, pilots and cabin attendants ahead of service.
The aircraft, G-CHFE, will be re-registered as G-JOTR and reconfigured into a 95-seat layout on completion of a C check by Avalon Aero at Cranfield, UK. The company anticipates it should be ready to start commercial operations from the end of March 2016, having been fitted with enhanced avionics, including TCAS 7.1 and PRNav. The aircraft has an extended range of 1,400 nautical miles, enabling Jota to offer the charter and ACMI market an aircraft with up to four hours’ flying time. This covers all of the Mediterranean, Greek islands, Morocco and other destinations in North Africa. It is also approved for London City Airport operations.
“With the new Avro we will be targeting the charter broker fraternity for group charters, conference and incentive work, plus, and importantly, Europe’s regional airlines for sub contract and ACMI work,” said Mike Sessions, commercial manager at Jota Aviation.
“We are making an investment to ‘future proof’ our latest aircraft with modern avionics,” said Andy Green, managing director at Jota Aviation – adding that the intention for the future is for Jota Aviation to establish its own Part 145 maintenance at its base at London Southend on the BAe/Avro family.
January 14, 2016