After a complete evaluate of regional airplane choices, Flybe Crew has concluded that the Bombardier Q400 is the most productive core airplane for its present and long run wishes.
It is going to subsequently stay because the spine of the Flybe fleet for the foreseeable long run.
The Q400 is quicker than the other turboprops, with a efficiency on the subject of jet airplane over the fairly brief sectors that Flybe operates.
As well as, with superb running economics together with turboprop gasoline potency, it’s inexpensive to function than similar-sized jet airplane and has a way smaller noise footprint.
Flybe will then again proceed to function various Embraer E175 jets for longer or busier routes.
Flybe’s mentioned technique is to scale back its total fleet and to pay attention to successful routes simplest.
Previously 365 days, Flybe passed again six older end-of-lease Q400s.
With an additional deliberate handback of all 9 Embraer 195 jets, the full fleet is easily on decreasing in measurement from 85 at its height in Would possibly 2017, to a goal of round 70 airplane via early 2020.
Flybe’s Q400 fleet stays a fairly younger one, with a median age of simply over ten years.
The airline has accordingly concluded that it’ll retain its last Q400 airplane and, the place financial, prolong their carrier lives.
This may increasingly save substantial capital expenditure over the following couple of years, via averting the requirement to obtain new airplane.
Flybe nonetheless has a heritage order for 4 Embraer E175s due in 2019.
Those might be delivered with new ‘winglet era’ to lend a hand cut back gasoline intake.
Aside from those, Flybe isn’t making plans any further new airplane orders for the foreseeable long run.
Flybe leader govt, Christine Ourmières-Widener, stated: “Flybe’s technique is to scale back the fleet measurement to an optimal stage and make the trade demand-driven slightly 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 economic system, velocity and tranquility is perfect for a regional airline akin to ourselves.
“Along with various Embraer E175s, our long run fleet would be the optimal required for our particular regional path community.”