BookaJet, a leading UK charter and aircraft management company, has just secured a HondaJet Elite onto the G-registry and has just been granted its UK Air Operator Certificate.
“We are very enthusiastic to bring this stunning executive aircraft into charter service in a UK first. It’s an ideal entry-level jet for passenger trips around the UK and into Europe with up to three hours of flying time, said BookaJet Managing Director Jonathan Clements.
The HondaJet Elite version, launched in 2018, offers expanded performance, an enhanced interior, and an updated Garmin 3000-based flight deck. The range is 1,437 nm (2,661 km). Elite’s payload is also increased by 226 lbs (102 kg) from the classic HondaJet.
It offers flexible executive seating in a spacious cabin of up to six, with a private toilet, excellent cabin accessibility, and a combined stowage capacity of 66 cubic ft / 200kg.
BookaJet’s HondaJet fleet will be headed by the director of Flight Operations, Captain Alex Fleming (who formerly flew one of the company’s Hawker 850XP’s). He recently completed his initial type rating at FlightSafety International at Farnborough Airport.
The second HondaJet is due to arrive in the coming months.
“The aircraft has tremendous ramp appeal,” said Clements – right down to its elegant nose shape (inspired by the Salvatore Ferragamo stiletto) and finely tuned through years of aerodynamic testing and development.
The company plans to work closely with HondaJet’s European distributor and Authorised Service Centre RAS (Rheinland Air Service).
The two companies will be highlighting their new collaboration with a joint exhibition booth at the upcoming Air Charter Expo 2023 at London Biggin Hill Airport on 12 September.