Flybe will operate two Q400s for Brussels Airlines, adds routes and connections from Manchester

Flybe (Exeter) will wet lease two Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400s) for Brussels Airlines (Brussels) in their colors starting on March 25 for two years.

The company issued the following statement:

“Flybe has announced a deal to provide two Bombardier Q400 aircraft – with pilots, cabin crew and engineering support – to Brussels Airlines at the end of this month.

The agreement, announced to the London Stock Exchange, is identical in design and implementation to its successful partnership with Greek airline, Olympic Air in 2009-10 and is the latest in a line of innovative utilization of its fleet,  highlighting Flybe’s ability to not only ride out the challenging economic environment but placing it in a position where it will emerge stronger and more competitive when the upturn arrives.

The wet lease arrangement runs from the beginning of the 2012 IATA summer season (March 25) for a period of two years, at which point the aircraft will return to Flybe’s scheduled services. Based initially in Birmingham and Hannover, the Bombardier Q400 aircraft will serve core routes for the Belgian airline throughout Europe. The aircraft will carry the livery of Brussels Airlines but will operate under the Flybe Airline Operating Certificate (AOC), be crewed by Flybe pilots and cabin crew and maintained by Flybe engineers.”

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In other news, Flybe is adding flights, routes and connections at its Manchester hub.

Routes from Manchester: