9 NOVEMBER 2015
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With its half year results due on Wednesday (11 November), Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has resolved its last major legacy issue through the redeployment of all its remaining surplus Embraer E195 aircraft.
Of the original fleet of 14 legacy E195s five were handed back to lessors, two are based at Cardiff Airport under a long-term agreement signed with the airport operators, Cardiff Airport Ltd, flying to a mix of destinations across UK and Mainland Europe and, as previously announced, another plane will be based at Exeter, under a long-term agreement with Rigby Group-owned Regional & City Airports, to serve Exeter and Norwich Airports with eight routes to five destinations in Mainland Europe starting in March 2016.
From March 2016 the remaining six E195s will have new homes.
· One aircraft will replace a Q400 at Newquay to satisfy increased demand on the Newquay – Gatwick route already operated by Flybe.
· Two will be based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, flying to key cities and regional centres across Mainland Europe, under a long-term agreement with the airport.
· Three aircraft will operate at Birmingham and Manchester Airports. Two of these will provide additional capacity on high load factor routes and the third E195 will provide Ejet standby cover across Flybe's network. www.flybe.com
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