Jota Aviation marks successful first year in the jet set
Its BAe 146-200 clocks up 800 hours of charter and ACMI flying.

Tuesday 6th October 2015

  • Jota Aviation
  • Jota Aviation

Jota Aviation, the specialist UK air charter firm based at London Southend Airport, is marking its first year of operations with its BAe 146-200 regional jet as its senior management attends the European Regions Airline Association's annual general meeting in Berlin later this month.   In its first year the aircraft will have flown near to 800 hours, flying as far afield as Marrakech and supported a number of airlines on ACMI sub charter contracts.  During the peak summer period Jota flew a total of 500 hours.

Jota Aviation Managing Director Andy Green and Commercial Manager Mike Sessions will be in Berlin next week at ERA's 35th General Assembly.  They anticipate meeting with potential ACMI and charter clients interested in the BAe 146, now available for charter in 50-seat all business layout as well as its standard 95-seater configuration. Senior management plans to add further Avro regional jets to the fleet within the next year.

Hard on the heels of obtaining an extension of its AOC coverage to include the Middle East, Africa, Iceland, Russia and the Azores, Jota Aviation is now organizing the installation of Precision Area Navigation (PRNAV) for the 146, thereby enabling full European airport capability. This widens the scope of airport choices for the aircraft operating in European airspace, ensuring popular destinations such as Amsterdam Schiphol, can be better served.

Jota Aviation has also invested in expanding its operational capacity to mirror client demand. It is London City Airport compatible having secured its steep approach approval and the UK CAA has also approved low visibility Cat II operations, improving the service it offers its clients. "We have been really encouraged by the support we have received - from airlines, charter brokers, groups with our jet operations," Mike Sessions, Commercial Manager for Jota Aviation said.

In a nod to its success Jota, which also flies a fleet of Beechcraft King Air business turboprops, has, for the third time, been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award - the Best Passenger Charter Airline 2015 by member companies of The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA).

The Company in successive previous years, has previously been nominated for the accolade of Best General Aviation Operator and won the Best Cargo Charter Airline.  This year's winner will be announced at the autumn Awards luncheon at London's Guild Hall on 14th October.  "We are really encouraged by this nomination for such a prestigious industry award.   Our primary clientele, the charter broker fraternity, have obviously been impressed with our service.   To receive this vote of confidence from such a discerning membership is very much appreciated by the Jota Team, especially in our first year of BAe 146 operations" he said.

Editor's notes

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 the British Aerospace 146-200 and Beechcraft King Airs, today employing 50 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.  The type A EASA operating licence was granted in October 2014 with the introduction of the BAe 146-200.

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 prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours - a race JOTA Sport first contested in 2005 and has claimed one overall win in 2014 and a second place in 2015, as well as other top six positions in the LMP2 class. 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, racecar 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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