Volato is to expand its HondaJet maintenance with Fort Lauderdale Executive airport-based FBO and Part 145 Banyan Air Service. Banyan has subleased Volato's hangar at the Northeast Florida Regional airport in St Augustine, Florida, to provide full-scale maintenance services for Volato's growing fleet.
The move is Banyan's first venture outside of Fort Lauderdale and marks the establishment of an additional authorised HondaJet service facility in the state of Florida. The integration of services commenced at the beginning of January, with the initial sublease term set for three years. Additionally, Banyan has absorbed Volato's existing maintenance staff and plans to hire up to eight additional maintenance roles in 2024.
"We are thrilled to partner with Banyan, increasing maintenance capacity for our expanding HondaJet fleet in the southeast right in our own backyard," says CEO Matt Liotta. "This initiative streamlines Volato's operations and will support our fleet expansion, delivering both operational efficiency and cost savings compared to our previous in-house maintenance."
"Expanding into St Augustine represents a major milestone for Banyan, marking our first venture beyond Fort Lauderdale," adds president Don Campion. "We look forward to increasing regional accessibility by creating an additional authorised HondaJet maintenance centre for operators throughout the region."