Jota Aviation signs Letter of Intent for third BAE Avro Regional Jet RJ100 to join charter fleet next month
Jota Aviation, the independently owned ACMI charter airline has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with leasing company Falko Regional Aircraft for an Avro RJ100 regional jet. The ex-Brussels Airlines aircraft (Serial Number E3355) is due to arrive at Jota Aviation's London Southend Airport base before the end of April, joining an Avro RJ85 and BAe 146-200. Jota Aviation Managing Director Andy Green confirmed the acquisition at the European Regions Airline Association Spring Meeting in Copenhagen.
"We are delighted to have identified a highly suitable aircraft and we will be purchasing the jet from Falko later next month," commented Andy Green. Jota Aviation also intends to further expand the fleet with a dedicated freighter variant. .
The aircraft is scheduled for service in May with 97 seats configured five abreast, following a maintenance check at Avalon Aero at Cranfield Airport and full livery repaint in Jota's colours. "Its arrival will be well timed for the summer period when the legacy carriers get busier and tend to depend on sub charter, short term leases," said Head of Commercial Mike Sessions.
Europe's legacy and regional airlines are progressing with their plans to phase out this aircraft type companies, including Malmo, Swiss International, CityJet, so the supply is there for us, especially for London City Airport, he added.
The new RJ100 will join Jota's Avro RJ85; BAe 146-200 and two Beechcraft King Air turboprops, one of which is dedicated to freight.
Background: Jota Aviation
Jota Aviation is part of the independent Jota Group, which comprises Jota Sport, Jota Design and Jota Historic. Set up six years ago to service motorsport travel and cargo demands, Jota Aviation is nows a leading specialist air charter operator serving the UK and Europe with passenger and cargo flights focused on Beechcraft King Airs, and moving into BAe 146 jet operations in October 2014.
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 Company gained it's A licence in 2014 with the introduction of the BAE Avro RJ series.
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 Historic focuses on restoring and running historic race cars at Blue-Ribbon events such as the Le Mans Classic and Goodwood.
Jota Design specialises in the design, development and manufacture of road, race and rally projects.
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.
Falko was formed in July 2011 when funds managed by Fortress Investment Group completed the purchase of BAE Systems Asset Management and its associated aircraft portfolio. Falko now manages a portfolio of regional jets and turboprops manufactured by BAE Systems, Bombardier,
Jota Aviation signs LoI on third BAE Avro Regional Jet RJ100 to join charter fleet next month
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