Jota Aviation quietly ends operations

Jota Aviation BAe RJ85 G-JOTR (msn E2294)  LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 932611.

Jota Aviation (Biggin Hill), according to UK Aviation News, quietly shut down its business on Saturday, April 16.

The charter airline has not publicly confirmed the closure.

Jota Aviation began back in 2009 when  owner Simon Dolan partnered with current and founding Chief Executive Officer, Andy Green. The partnership had a simple vision; to create an airline initially for the purpose of providing aviation services to its sister company Jota Sport and to the Motorsport industry.

The company was started with three Piper PA-31 Navajo, a twin engine aircraft and soon the operation progressed with the addition of two Beechcraft King Airs which serviced the cargo and passenger charter and ad-hoc markets, including medical and go-now charters. It was with the King Air B90 Cargoliner that Jota won the BACA award for Best Cargo Airline in 2013 and again in 2016.

The next chapter in the Jota story began with the acquisition of a BAe 146-200, registration G-SMLA, (or smiler as she’s affectionately known) who arrived at Jota’s Southend base in 2014. G-SMLA still heavily serves in the charter market and boasts a 50 seat VIP configuration which is suitable for sports, music and film industry charters.

Jota further expanded the fleet in 2016 with an additional Avro RJ85 (G-JOTR) which was quickly followed by an Avro RJ100 (G-JOTS). These 95 seater aircraft meant Jota Aviation were able to establish themselves as a trusted ACMI (wet-lease) operator and provide services to other airlines, such as BA CityFlyer, CityJet, BMI, Flybe and Eastern Airlines (to name a few!).

In addition to a growing fleet, Jota also gained its Part 145 approval at Southend Airport  and  now offers maintenance and support facilities on site, providing extra resilience to clients who contract Jota for a flight.

In 2018 saw the launch of Jota Cargo and a rapid expansion by way of the arrival of four BAe 146-300 QT Freighters. The pure freight aircraft, which are unique to the market, open up exciting new opportunities in the cargo market for Jota.

Top Copyright Photo: Jota Aviation BAe RJ85 G-JOTR (msn E2294) LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 932611.

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