Jota Aviation is acquiring four BAe 146-300QT freighters from ASL Airlines Spain. The airline had indicated some time ago that it was considering adding 146QTs and ASL’s decision to withdraw its fleet of the aircraft from service gave it the opportunity to do so. The first former ASL 146QT to arrive is the former EC-MFT (msn E3182), which has been re-registered G-JOTE. She flew her last service for FedEx, TAY 72L from Roma Ciampino to Liège, on 24 March. She was ferried to Southend as TAY 952P on 28 March. On 6 April, she was ferried to Bruxelles for a C check, already sporting her new registration but still wearing ASL titles—albeit somewhat tattered. The other three 146QTs will be delivered by the end of the year. Jota plans to offer them for ad hoc charters and ACMI contracts. “These aircraft bridge the gap perfectly between ATR72 and older BAE ATPs in the cargo role and Boeing 737s,” said Mike Sessions, Jota’s Head of Commercial. “Offering these unique freighter aircraft to the market, we are able to deliver a load that is more voluminous, heavier, faster and more efficient than that offered by smaller aviation cargo companies. Introducing dedicated freighter aircraft will save customers valuable time, give us a wider scope of opportunities and provide more diversity in our business, keeping us busy throughout the seasons.” Adding the 146QTs to its fleet will also allow Jota to better utilize its crews, engineering, and spares.
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