Atlanta-based fractional jet and aircraft management company Volato is expanding its fleet. The company announced a new order of 25 HondaJet Elite II light jets, which upon delivery will stretch its fleet to more than 40 HondaJets. Deliveries will begin in 2023 and will be completed in 2025.
HondaJet unveiled the new Elite II in October during the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida.
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Volato currently has 17 HondaJets in its fleet, and the 25-unit order announced Thursday is incremental and firm, the company said. The company also recently announced it has ordered four Gulfstream G280 super midsize jets.
Volato said in a statement that its fractional owners would have immediate access to the wider fleet upon delivery.
“We believe in the vision and future of Honda Aircraft Company as they continue to optimize the private jet experience with the HondaJet,” Matt Liotta, CEO, and co-founder of Volato said.
Volato’s news comes on the heels of its competitor, Jet It, announcing last week that it was pivoting away from the HondaJet because of what it described as poor service.
In a scathing letter sent to customers, Glenn Gonzales, the founder and CEO of fractional company Jet It, accused the Honda Aircraft Company of costing the company tens of millions of dollars due to its gaps in customer service.
In Volato’s case, Liotta said his company is taking a different approach.
“Every business decision we make aims to deliver the best experience for our customers,” Liotta said. “Volato’s fractional ownership program provides an unmatched offering in the industry, and it makes sense that one of our key partners would have the equivalent offering in aircraft manufacturing. Receiving such a large order from HACI is a big win for Volato and further reinforces our strong working relationship.”
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