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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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Ethiopian Airlines signs purchase agreement for 10 firm Q400 aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (SPA). Image: 931591.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced it has concluded a firm order for 10 new Q400 aircraft with Ethiopian Airlines. The order also includes purchase rights for five additional Q400 aircraft.

Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $332 million U.S.

Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (SPA). Image: 931591.

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Air Canada to launch daily nonstop Montreal-London, Ontario and Montreal-Windsor, Ontario flights

The first Air Canada Express Bombardier Q400 in the new livery

Air Canada today announced it will begin new domestic regional nonstop flights on July 2, 2018.  The only year-round service between MontrealLondon, ON and MontrealWindsor, ON will provide services that meets the needs of both local and connecting passengers. Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from Atlantic Canada including Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton Halifax and St. John’s; to Europe including Brussels, Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, as well as Casablanca, Morocco.

Daily MontrealWindsor, Ontario flights will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jets. The schedule for the flights is:

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC8183

Montreal

08:50

Windsor, ON

10:39

AC8184

Windsor, ON

11:10

Montreal

12:55

Daily MontrealLondon, Ontario flights will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The schedule for the flights is:

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC8665

Montreal

13:50

London, ON

15:37

AC8664

London, ON

15:20

Montreal

16:49

 

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGOY (msn 4365) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940839.

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Porter Airlines to resume seasonal service to Mont Tremblant, new maintenance base at Sudbury

Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQQ (msn 4272) MYR (Jan Petzold). Image: 941689.

Porter Airlines flights to Mont Tremblant, Quebec, are back in time to enjoy summer in the Laurentians region (below). Seasonal service begins on June 22, and runs until September 23, 2018.

Flights operate up to four times weekly starting July 26 through Labour Day, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.

Passengers fly nonstop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes.

Additionally the carrier also started seasonal service to Stephenville with 11 round-trip flights on Saturdays through June 23, increasing to twice weekly from June 27 to September 1, 2018. Flights will continue into the fall and winter to the west coast on the island of Newfoundland (below).

In other news, Porter Airlines has announced it will establish a new maintenance base at Greater Sudbury Airport for its 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Photo Above: Porter Airlines. The Hon. Glenn Thibeault, Mayor Mayor Brian Bigger, Sudbury AirportCEO, Todd Tripp, and Porter COO, Paul Moreira announcing Porter’s investment in a Sudbury aircraft maintenance base with the support of The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. This investment demonstrates how the private sector can work with government to benefit local economies, ensuring our eight local maintenance team members have an excellent, new hangar facility at Sudbury Airport.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Porter): Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQQ (msn 4272) MYR (Jan Petzold). Image: 941689.

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airBaltic launches flights from Riga to Kaliningrad

airBaltic (airBaltic.com) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BAY (msn 4331) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907348.

airBaltic on April 16, launched a new route from Riga International Airport to Khrabrovo Airport in Kaliningrad, Russia. The new route will offer convenient connections between the two cities. 

 

Route Flight frequency Start date Price *,

Basic

Price *,

Premium

Price*,

Business

Riga – Kaliningrad 6 flights weekly April 16, 2018 29 EUR 89 EUR 349 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airBaltic.com, subject to availability

Starting April 16, 2018, airBaltic flies between Riga and Kaliningrad six times a week on a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, and the flight is scheduled to last 55 minutes. One-way ticket price from Riga to Kaliningrad starts at 29 EUR, including airport fees and transaction costs.

airBaltic serves over 70 routes from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. For summer 2018, airBaltic has introduced eight new destinations from Riga to Malaga, Lisbon, Split, Bordeaux, Gdansk, Almaty as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad. In addition, airBaltic launched a new direct route connecting Tallinn and London.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by airBaltic): airBaltic (airBaltic.com) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BAY (msn 4331) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907348.

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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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QANTAS Link turboprops to receive a cabin upgrade

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 922311.

QANTAS Link’s fleet of 45 turboprop aircraft will undergo a major cabin upgrade to improve the overall experience for customers travelling on the airline’s regional network.

The interiors of the airline’s Bombardier Q200, Q300 and Q400 aircraft will be refreshed with new ergonomic seat cushioning, leather upholstery, a refreshed colour palette and new floor coverings at QANTAS Link’s maintenance facilities, including at Tamworth Airport, the airline’s hub for regional aircraft maintenance.

The upgrade program will commence by June 2018 and is expected to be completed within 18 months, with each aircraft taking approximately three days to refresh. The work will be timed to coincide with scheduled maintenance and will closely align the turboprop interiors with the QANTAS Link jet fleet.

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the multi-million dollar investment would give regional travellers a better travel experience.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 922311.

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