Jota Aviation welcomes its first jet aircraft.

Friday 10th October 2014

  • JOTA Aviation
  • JOTA Aviation

Obtains 'A' licence from UK CAA and can now offer its BAE 146-200 for charter and ACMI

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.

King Air B200 added to the fleet.

In related news, the company recently took delivery of its fourth Beechcraft King Air - an eight passenger B200 twin turboprop. The luxurious appointed all-leather interior configured in a four-seat club arrangement, offers complete comfort. With a range of 1,600 nm and the capability to land on very short runways, the King Air B200 is ideally suited to short trips within Europe or for those trying to reach more remote locations. The highly versatile King Air B200, which is available for charter immediately, will undoubtedly be a popular addition to the fleet.

Jota is the largest operator of the King Air 90 family in Europe, with aircraft deployed on cargo and passenger flights from London Southend, Liverpool and Leeds Bradford Airports.

About Jota Aviation

Jota Aviation is part of the independent Jota Group, which also comprises Jota Sport, Jota Design and Jota Historic.  Set up four years ago to cater for the travel and cargo demands of the motorsports industry, Jota Aviation has grown to be a leading specialist air charter operator serving the UK and Europe with passenger and cargo flights focused on Beechcraft King Airs, today employing 35 personnel.  The company is run by Andy Green, Managing Director and CAA post holder, who set up the company for the directors of Jota Sport in 2009.

Jota Aviation was granted a type B operating licence in September 2010, initially flying light piston aircraft and then progressing to Beechcraft King Airs.  Andy has 25 years' experience in airline and charter operations, starting his career with National Airways in 1986.   He has worked in operations with British Air Ferries and was MD and accountable Manager for Trans Euro Air, flying King Airs. Andy has also worked with Air Charter Service (ACS), one of the world's top three charter brokers.

Jota Sport The racing division of the JOTA Group currently competes in the European Le Mans Series plus selected rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship including the Le Mans 24 Hours - a race JOTA Sport first contested in 2005 and has claimed a top-six overall placing in. Jota Sport has also competed successfully in the American Le Mans Series, British GT Championship, Le Mans Series, Le Mans Endurance Series and FIA Sportscar Championship since its formation in 2000 as well as the Spa and Nürburgring 24 Hour races.

Jota Historic focuses on restoring and running historic race cars at Blue-Ribbon events such as the Le Mans Classic and Goodwood. Built on a foundation of supreme attention to detail, dedication and expertise, Jota Historic offers a turnkey operation from restoration, race car setup, race weekend support and performance driver coaching.

Jota Design specialises in the design, development and manufacture of road, race and rally projects. The knowledge and experience gained through motorsport competition is directly translated into all the projects that Jota Design is tasked with, from major OEM projects for the likes of Mazda through to individual vehicle performance enhancement.

The Jota Group is majority owned by British businessman and entrepreneur Simon Dolan, who is involved in several financial industries.  A Le Mans racing driver he set up racing team Jota Sport in 2008.  

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