BookaJet introduce first G-registered HondaJet on to its AOC

Monday 21st August 2023

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  • BookaJet introduce first G-registered HondaJet on to its AOC

BookaJet, a leading UK charter and aircraft management company, is pleased to debut the HondaJet Elite onto the G-registry and its UK Air Operator’s Certificate.  It is offering the distinctive-looking light business jet for charter, positioned from its Farnborough Airport HQ.  Presented in a striking grey and orange livery, newly registered G-HJBM seats up to six passengers in executive club seating. 


“We are very enthusiastic to bring this stunning executive aircraft into charter service in a UK first.  It’s an ideal entry level jet for passenger trips around the UK and into Europe with up to three hours’ flying time, says BookaJet Managing Director Jonathan Clements.  The HondaJet Elite version,  launched in 2018, offers expanded performance, enhanced interior and updated Garmin 3000-based flight deck.  Range is 1,437 nm (2,661 km).  Elite's payload is also increased by over 200lbs (91kg) from the classic HondaJet.

It offers flexible executive seating in a spacious cabin, with aft private toilet, excellent cabin accessibility and a combined stowage capacity of 66 cubic ft / 200kg.

BookaJet’s HondaJet fleet will be headed by Director of Flight Operations, Captain Alex Fleming (who formerly flew one of the company’s Hawker 850XP’s).  He recently completed his initial type rating at FlightSafety International at Farnborough Airport.


Second HondaJet to arrive this autumn

The company, founded in 1997, is looking forward to adding a second HondaJet to its fleet in October this year.  It will also be based at Farnborough Airport.

Honda’s first business jet, certificated in Europe in 2016, broke the mould with its advanced technologies and concepts, centred around its famous, patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration.  Its OTWEM design, complemented by natural laminar flow wing and composite fuselage, dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag, lowering cabin sound, and minimizing ground-detected noise.

“The aircraft has tremendous ramp appeal,” added Jonathan – right down to its elegant nose shape (inspired by the Salvatore Ferragamo stiletto) and finely tuned through years of aerodynamic testing and development.

RAS for MRO support

BookaJet plans to work closely with HondaJet’s European distributor and Authorised Service Centre RAS (Rheinland Air Services).  The two companies will be highlighting their new collaboration with a joint exhibition booth at the upcoming Air Charter Expo 2023 at London Biggin Hill Airport on 12 September.   A HondaJet Elite II will also showcase in the static display.

Editor’s note


Privately-owned charter solutions company BookaJet, established in 1997, evolved into AOC operations in 2005. It is a highly experienced AOC operator with experience on the Beechcraft Premier 1; Cessna Citation CJ1, CJ2+, Excel, XLS, XLS+ and Sovereign; Bombardier Challenger 300, Global 5000 and Global XRS; Embraer Legacy 600 and 650, Dassault Falcon 900LX; Gulfstream GV and G550. 


Headed by co-founders Jonathan Clements and Christian (Chris) Rooney, Bookajet holds a fully accredited worldwide UK AOC. Its aircraft sales and management expertise offers private and corporate aircraft owners an outstanding and intelligent management service.


About the HondaJet

HondaJet from Honda Aircraft is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency.  It incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including its radical Over-the-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration which dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag.

This design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise and affords the roomiest cabin in its class.  It offers the largest baggage capacity and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory.

The HondaJet is powered by two highly efficient fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, flying at a max Cruise Speed of 420 Kts (483 mph) to a max altitude of 43,000 ft, higher than commercial airliners.

Its state-of-the-art glass Garmin G3000 new-gen all-glass avionics system features three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers.

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