Showing posts with label Avro RJ. Show all posts
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20 April, 2022

Jota Aviation quietly ends operations…..

Jota Aviation quietly ends operations…..

There has been no big fanfare,  no great announcement,  no heartfelt apologies but it would see that the charter and cargo carrier Jota Aviation has just quietly gone out of business.

According to reports in Aviation News and Simply Flying the firm stopped trading over the Easter Weekend holiday which saw the firm delete its Twitter account.

Jota Aviation can trace its roots back to 2009 when owner Simon Dolan partnered with founding Chief Executive Officer, Andy Green to create an airline initially for the purpose of providing aviation services to its sister company Jota Sport and to the wider Motorsport industry.

The firm commenced operations with three Piper PA-31 Navajo planes which were later joined by two Beechcraft King Airs. The business mainly consisted of providing passenger and cargo charters and medical flights.

Jota’s next chapter saw the arrival of a BAe 146-200, registration G-SMLA which allowed the company to greatly enhance its capabilities. In 2016 an Avro RJ85 registration G-JOTR joined the fleet and this was followed by G-JOTS, an Avro RJ100 which meant Jota was able to become a trusted Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance operator and provide services to other airlines, such as BA CityFlyer, CityJet, BMI, Flybe and Eastern Airlines.

In 2018 Jota launched its cargo division and four BAe 146-300 QT Freighters quickly arrived and promised to help the carrier enter exciting new opportunities in the air cargo market.

According to, G-SMLA was retired in 2021, on 17th March the RJ85 G-JOTR was withdrawn from service and placed into storage at Cranfield Airport. G-JOTS was removed from service in April and has also been put into store at the same Bedfordshire airport.  Of the cargo planes, it seems that G-JOTD was put in storage last April, G-JOTF went into mothballing in February whilst G-JOTE is understood to have stopped flying in September last year and all are up at Cranfield.

Calls to Jota have gone unanswered and the Jota Motorsports website remains under maintenance.

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31 October, 2017

Arrivederci Avro

There was another sad farewell this last weekend as Brussels Airlines said arrivederci Avro, or perhaps more accurately adieu or vaarwel Avro as they retired the last of their Avro RJ aircraft.

On Saturday 28th October Brussels Airlines ended revenue services with the aircraft type it started with, the Bae 146/AVRO RJ. Over the years the airline has operated more than 30 of that family of the four-engined jets and on Saturday scores of aviation enthusiasts flew to Geneva for the Avro’s last commercial service.

The touchdown of RJ100, OO-DWD, on flight SN2720 Geneva-Brussels at 19:40 on Saturday evening, marking the end of the carrier’s AVRO era. Leaving sadness and more than a few moist eyes in their wake. 

15 August, 2017

A fond farewell - Bye Bye Avro RJ's

Swiss said a fond farewell on Tuesday to a stalwart of their fleet that had served them well for many years - the Avro RJ

Yes, for the last time a Swiss International Air Lines Avro RJ100 flew a commercial flight, departing from Geneva and heading the relatively short distance to Zurich.  

Immediately after landing in Zurich, the aircraft HB-IYZ received the traditional water fountain farewell salute by the airport fire brigade before being officially taken out of service to loud applause from a crowd of employees and aviation fans.