Jota Aviation BAe 146 returns to service

Jota Aviation BAe 146-200 G-SMLA

Jota Aviation BAe 146-200 G-SMLA parked at Cardiff prior to flying Arsenal back to Luton (Phil Watkins)

Jota Aviation‘s BAe 146-200 G-SMLA (msn E2047) returned to the airline’s base following a C Check at Medavia’s facility in Luqa, Malta. She had been ferried to Malta on 9 October, and returned to Southend on 10 January, making her once again available for charter. She operated her first such charter on 29-30 January, carrying the Arsenal football team to Cardiff for a Premier League match against Swansea City (which it lost, 3-1). After a brief test flight, G-SMLA positioned from Southend to Luton in late afternoon of the 29 January, then flew the team to Cardiff later that evening. She returned to Luton late on 30 January, and positioned to Southend the following morning. Meanwhile, Jota’s RJ100 G-JOTS (msn E3355) has been flying for Air France subsidiary Hop! since 8 January. RJ85 G-JOTR (msn E2294) also flew for Hop! from 8 to 12 January. She then flew some charters and a roundtrip between Bristol and Toulouse on behalf of Eastern Airways before once again returning to France to fly for Hop! on 18 January. She returned to Southend on 25 January — just in time to operate a roundtrip to Wien on behalf of Flybe, covering for an Embraer 195 suffering from technical problems. She is now back at Southend flying charters.

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