19 AUGUST 2013
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Following the withdrawal of Flybe on the Gatwick – Guernsey route, Aurigny has confirmed that it has entered into an initial agreement with Embraer to purchase a 122-seat Embraer E195 for delivery in June. The States of Guernsey, the owner of the airline, will act as guarantor. (See BTN 12 August)
“Aurigny is very grateful for the support that it has received from the States for this exciting project, which will be a major step forward for the airline”, said Mark Darby, Aurigny's interim Chief Executive. “It will be a significant investment for us but it is essential that we replace Flybe’s capacity utilising our existing slots on this lifeline route”.
“The Board selected the aircraft after an extensive evaluation process and decided to buy a new aircraft direct from the manufacturer because of the high levels of introduction support the airline will receive in areas such as pilot and engineer training – which will be essential if we are to achieve a smooth introduction”.
Known in the industry as ‘change of gauge’ the move will lift capacity by 55% on one of Aurigny’s three daily service, 33% overall. www.aurigny.com
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