After a complete assessment of regional airplane choices, Flybe Workforce has concluded that the Bombardier Q400 is the most productive core airplane for its present and long term wishes.
It’ll subsequently stay because the spine of the Flybe fleet for the foreseeable long term.
The Q400 is quicker than the other turboprops, with a efficiency with regards to jet airplane over the slightly brief sectors that Flybe operates.
As well as, with very good running economics together with turboprop gas potency, it’s less expensive to perform than similar-sized jet airplane and has a way smaller noise footprint.
Flybe will on the other hand proceed to perform a variety of Embraer E175 jets for longer or busier routes.
Flybe’s mentioned technique is to cut back its total fleet and to be aware of successful routes simplest.
Prior to now 12 months, Flybe passed again six older end-of-lease Q400s.
With an extra deliberate handback of all 9 Embraer 195 jets, the full fleet is easily on how one can decreasing in measurement from 85 at its height in Would possibly 2017, to a goal of round 70 airplane by way of early 2020.
Flybe’s Q400 fleet stays a slightly younger one, with a mean age of simply over ten years.
The airline has accordingly concluded that it’ll retain its final Q400 airplane and, the place financial, lengthen their carrier lives.
This may occasionally save substantial capital expenditure over the following couple of years, by way of fending off the requirement to procure new airplane.
Flybe nonetheless has a heritage order for 4 Embraer E175s due in 2019.
Those will probably be delivered with new ‘winglet generation’ to assist cut back gas intake.
Except those, Flybe isn’t making plans any further new airplane orders for the foreseeable long term.
Flybe leader govt, Christine Ourmières-Widener, stated: “Flybe’s technique is to cut back the fleet measurement to an optimal degree and make the trade demand-driven reasonably than capacity-led.
“Our fleet configuration is a very powerful a part of that technique.
“We tested exhaustively the entire choices and concluded the Bombardier Q400 is the most productive core airplane for us.
“Its awesome financial system, pace and tranquility is perfect for a regional airline equivalent to ourselves.
“Along side a variety of Embraer E175s, our long term fleet would be the optimal required for our explicit regional path community.”