Volato will be the first company to fractionalize the Gulfstream G280, preselling fractions in multiples of eighths.
The initial delivery is set for early 2024.
Volato’s G280s will be configured with 10 passenger seats compared to the normal eight to nine seats for many super-midsize aircraft.
Co-Founder and CEO Matt Liotta tells Private Jet Card Comparisons that Volato will use the layout without a divan.
That means 1×1 facing seats in the forward cabin and 2×1 facing in the rear.
The G280 fractional program will follow the model of separating ownership from flying.
It also continues that owners earn charter revenues from their tail.
Liotta says, “From listening to our customers’ needs and recognizing that our innovative business model is not just limited to light jets, we are excited to expand our model to larger aircraft so that HondaJet owners can fly their edge case missions that are farther or with more passengers while welcoming a new category of luxury private jet customer to Volato’s superior experience.”
It will offset the CO2 emissions through its program with 4AIR, continuing its commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint.
“When considering expanding our fleet offerings, the cabin experience and operating efficiency were important considerations,” adds Nicholas Cooper, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Volato, calling Gulfstream and the G280 “The clear choice as being best in class.
“Gulfstream is grateful to Volato for the confidence they have placed in us and in the Gulfstream G280 as they expand their fleet,” said Scott Neal, Senior Vice President at Gulfstream.
Since launching in 2021, Volato now has 11 HondaJets with 18 on order.
Recently, it launched a jet card product.
It is also expanding management under the Volato Aircraft Management Services banner focusing on HondaJets and large cabin aircraft.
Its operator holds IS-BAO Stage 2 and ARGUS Platinum safety ratings and accident-free history.