Flybe announces future fleet plans; all E195s to be handed back, focus on Q400 operations
Flybe concluded (16-May-2018) a comprehensive review of regional aircraft options for its current and future operations. Details include:
- Bombardier Q400 identified as the "best core aircraft" for current and future needs. The airline's Q400 fleet remains relatively young, with an average age of just over 10 years;
- Planned delivery of four new Embraer 175 aircraft in 2019 to operate on longer or busier routes. 'Heritage order' to be delivered with new winglet technology to help reduce fuel consumption;
- E195 aircraft to fully exit fleet by Apr-2020;
- Continued reduction of fleet size from 85 at its peak in May-2017 to a target of around 70 aircraft by early 2020.
Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener commented: "We examined exhaustively all the options and concluded the Bombardier Q400 is the best core aircraft for us. Its superior economy, speed and quietness is ideal for a regional airline such as ourselves. Together with a number of Embraer E175s, our future fleet will be the optimum required for our specific regional route network". [more - original PR]