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Flybe announces its future fleet plans

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Flybe made this announcement:

After a comprehensive review of regional aircraft options, Flybe Group plc (‘Flybe’), Europe’s largest regional airline, has concluded that the Bombardier Q400 is the best core aircraft for its current and future needs. It will therefore remain as the backbone of the Flybe fleet for the foreseeable future.

The Q400 is faster than the alternative turboprops, with a performance close to jet aircraft over the relatively short sectors that Flybe operates. In addition, with excellent operating economics including turboprop fuel efficiency, it is cheaper to operate than similar-sized jet aircraft, and has a much smaller noise footprint. Flybe will however continue to operate a number of Embraer E175 jets for longer or busier routes.

Flybe’s stated strategy is to reduce its overall fleet and to concentrate on profitable routes only. In the past twelve months, Flybe handed back six older end-of-lease Q400s. With a further planned handback of all nine Embraer 195 jets, the overall fleet is well on the way to reducing in size from 85 at its peak in May 2017, to a target of around 70 aircraft by early 2020.

Flybe’s Q400 fleet remains a relatively young one, with an average age of just over 10 years. The airline has accordingly concluded that it will retain its remaining Q400 aircraft and, where economic, extend their service lives. This will save considerable capital expenditure over the next few years, by avoiding the requirement to acquire new aircraft.

Flybe still has a heritage order for four Embraer E175s due in 2019. These will be delivered with new ‘winglet technology’ to help reduce fuel consumption. Apart from these, Flybe is not planning any additional new aircraft orders for the foreseeable future.

Flybe CEO, Christine Ourmières- Widener said: “Flybe’s strategy is to reduce the fleet size to an optimum level and make the business demand-driven rather than capacity-led. Our fleet configuration is an important part of that strategy. 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.”

Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft added: “We are delighted that Flybe, our long-term customer and largest Q400 operator, remains committed to the Q400 as its preferred turboprop. With its jet-like performance, industry-leading reliability and unbeatable economics, we are glad that the Q400 turboprop will continue to support Flybe as the airline further imposes itself as one of Europe’s leading regional providers.”

John Slattery, President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation commented: “Flybe’s commitment to the E175 as its regional jet of choice is a great endorsement of the type as a key part of its wider fleet. Now, introducing in its fleet the most updated version of the E175 with lower fuel burn, Flybe will enjoy even greater operating economics on their jet-service routes. We are looking forward to continuing to support and work with Flybe in the future.”

Copyright Photo: Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-ECOH (msn 4221) (Scotland) AMD (Ton Jochems). Image: 941876.

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Reuters: Stobart Group is considering a bid for Flybe

Named "Spirit of The Regions"

From Reuters:

British infrastructure and support services firm Stobart Group is considering bidding as part of a consortium to acquire struggling regional carrier Flybe.

Shares in Flybe soared 26 percent on Thursday on the news to 43.5 pence by 1541 GMT, valuing the carrier at almost 105 million pounds.

“A number of potential structures have been considered including taking a non-controlling interest in a vehicle to acquire 100 percent of Flybe likely to be in cash,” Stobart said in a statement.

Reuters had reported earlier on Thursday that Stobart was in talks about a possible deal.

Flybe said it had not received an approach from Stobart about a possible offer and added: “Flybe shareholders are strongly advised to take no action at this stage.”

A spokesman for Stobart declined to identify possible partners in any bid for the airline.

Stobart is eyeing Flybe after the carrier was left vulnerable by a slump in its share price.

Shares traded at more than 90 pence in 2015 but had plunged to as low as 30.75 pence in December 2017, according to Thomson Reuters data, after the airline was hit by faltering demand for its flights.

In other news, Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has given its 650-strong pilot workforce a brand new look that complements the striking purple uniforms of its cabin crew.

The new navy uniform for its pilots features a stylishly fitted jacket with distinctive platinum epaulettes and stripes that clearly designate the rank of Captain (four stripes), Senior First Officer (three) and First Officer (two).

Designed with full crew participation, the brief was for it to be a quality, comfortable, user-friendly outfit to better reflect the airline’s forward looking image than the previous somewhat dated look.  Flybe worked closely with PVM, another Exeter-based business which has been supplying the airline with uniforms for over 10 years, to design and source the new uniform.

The updated look was given its first proud airing at the home ground of the Exeter Chiefs rugby team and current English Premiership champions, of which Flybe is a long-standing sponsor.  One of Flybe’s Exeter-based Senior First Officers pitched in and took flight in a line-out taken with three Chiefs’ players, England International Thomas Waldrom, Scotland International Moray Low and second row player Jonny Hill.

Copyright Photo (all others by Flybe): Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JEDU (msn 4089) AMS (Tony Storck). Image: 938065.

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Flybe starts a new advertising slogan

Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-PRPC (msn 4338) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940456.

Flybe (Exeter) has unveiled a new advertising slogan this month – “Close to you”.

The airline introduced the new slogan to emphasize its local routes.

Flybe is Europe’s largest regional airlines and operates more UK domestic routes than any other carrier.

Copyright Photo: Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-PRPC (msn 4338) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940456.

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Blue Islands calls for judicial review concerning “illegal service” by newcomer Waves

Flybe (Blue Islands) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-ISLK (msn 634) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940455.

Blue Islands in December issued this complaint against newcomer Waves. Here is the statement:

Blue Islands has lodged formal legal action with Guernsey’s Royal Court after repeatedly calling on the island’s Transport Licensing Authority to exercise its powers to ensure Waves Technologies Limited apply for the necessary route licences to operate passenger services between Guernsey and Jersey.

The central issue is Waves’ lack of a Guernsey Air Transport Licence, in respect of any aircraft being used for the carriage for reward of passengers or cargo on a flight beginning or ending in Guernsey. This is a requirement of the Air Transport Licensing Law, with Section 1 being quite explicit about this. Not holding one means Waves operations are illegal.

For many months, Blue Islands have repeatedly written to the chair of the Transport Licensing Authority, and have not received any adequate response. The decision to call for a judicial review is intended to compel the Authority to act to uphold the law it is meant to enforce and protect the travelling public from an operator acting outside of the rules. If Blue Islands started operating a daily service on any Aurigny route under the claim of being an air taxi, the TLA would step in and stop it. That is exactly what should have happened here.

Competition on the inter-island route is nothing new, and Blue Islands continues to face it every day with Flybe – even though it is a franchise partner, a seat sold on a Flybe aircraft is of no value to Blue Islands. Previously, Blue Islands and Aurigny vigorously competed on the route, and each lost £1m. a year in the process. Blue Islands believes in competition, and are happy to compete on any of its routes, but competition must be on a level playing field – and not from an operator ignoring the laws. The Air Transport Licensing Law and associated policy statement insists the impact of a new operator on any route is considered and the incumbent operator is given the chance to make an official representation. By ignoring the law the Transport Licensing Authority has denied Blue Islands this opportunity.

Furthermore, Blue Islands is becoming increasingly concerned that innocent investors, caught up by Waves marketing activities are being lured into investing significant sums of money into what they believe to be an innovative ‘air taxi’ service that requires no route licence. Blue Islands do not believe Waves is operating as a legitimate air taxi service and the TLA must evaluate Waves’ claim. This review will ensure all relevant parties formally appraise the legitimacy of Waves business model, its financial fitness and viability, including its recent £17.5m. self-valuation from a business without any tangible means of justifying such a figure either through its trading volumes, asset base or additional markets for an as-yet non-existent product. Although this falls outside the legal action, the clarity this case will bring should usefully serve to protect potential investors from harm. If Waves fails, Guernsey could very well suffer unquantifiable reputational damage.

Air services between Guernsey and Jersey must remain sustainable and continue to provide regular, scheduled services which benefit the whole travelling community – and not just those who can afford the higher Waves ticket price.

Blue Islands is commencing this judicial review to end what is, purely and simply, illegal activity.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Blue Islands): Blue Islands now operates under Flybe brand. Flybe (Blue Islands) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-ISLK (msn 634) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940455.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: flywaves.je (Waves) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 2-CREW (msn 208B2148) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940454.

flywaves.je (Waves) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 2-CREW (msn 208B2148) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940454.

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Flybe has announced its withdraw from Shetland

Ex Kenya 5Y-KYK, leased from GECAS October 18, 2016

Flybe has announced it will discontinue all service to Sumburgh Airport in Shetland on January 8, 2018 due to “disapointing numbers”.

Flybe teamed up with Eastern Airways to compete against its former partner Loganair on September 1, 2017 to Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands.

Copyright Photo: Eastern Airways Embraer ERJ 170-100LR G-CIXV (msn 17000111) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938211.

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Route Map: Flybe’s routes to Shetland.

Flybe introduces its “Cancer Research UK” Embraer 195 logo jet (designed by 5-YO Meg Clark)

Flybe's 2015 "Cancer Research UK" logo jet

Flybe (exter) has issued this new video in support of its new Embraer 195 “Cancer Research UK” logo jet. The designed by Meg Clark from Kent. The company issued this statement:

Flybe 2014 purple logo

 

Flybe unveiled a special birthday surprise to Meg Clark from Kent who won the airlines UK-wide art competition held in support of its charity partner, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. Meg’s winning entry has been transferred on to the airline’s first purple branded Embraer 195 jet!

Accompanied by her family, Meg – who coincidentally also celebrated her fifth birthday on the same day – thought she was just heading to Flybe’s Exeter HQ for a simple presentation ceremony and hangar visit to celebrate winning a family holiday for four to any Flybe destination of choice.

Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad, said: “We wanted to do something extra special to support our charity partner’s campaign which aims to find cures and kinder treatments for children and young people living with cancer.

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) G-FBEM (msn 19000204) passed through Munich today in the new livery.

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Flybe welcomes the first ATR 72-600 to be operated for SAS in Sweden

Scandinavian-SAS-Flybe ATR 72-600 G-FBXB (98)(Tko)(ATR)(LRW)

Flybe (Exeter) is introducing an ATR 72-600 series aircraft into its fleet. The pictured G-FEXB (msn 1277) named “Eindride Viking” has been delivered to Flybe from the leasing company Avation. The ATR 72 will operate from Sweden in the livery of Flybe’s new partner in Northern Europe, Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm).

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During 2015 and 2016 Flybe will incorporate into the SAS network five new 70-seat ATR 72-600s leased from Avation. The aircraft will be based at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport from where they will serve selected SAS domestic and regional destinations. The operation of these aircraft is a result of the recently announced six-year white label partnership recently established between Flybe and SAS, Scandinavia’s largest carrier.

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The new type is expected to enter service on October 25 from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Kalmar, Ronneby, Sundsvall-Härnösand, Turku and Visby according to ch-aviation.

Photo: ATR.

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