15 July 2014 at 08.29 GMT
A strategic services deal has been signed between Flybe and Bombardier to make improvements to the airline’s UK fleet of 45 Q400 aircraft
The agreement will see the aircraft maker undertake a “major programme of enhancements” to make the turboprops “one of the most operationally efficient regional fleets in the world”.
Airline chief executive Saad Hammad said: “This strategic agreement with Bombardier is an important part of our commitment to profitable regional flying.
“The Q400 is specifically optimised for regional routes and the Flybe fleet will be one of the most operationally efficient regional fleets in the world.
“Any decisions regarding incremental capacity deployment in the UK will see the Bombardier Q400 aircraft play an integral role.”
The move follows the carrier cutting summer seat capacity by 16%.
“In the UK today, Flybe is flying the right aircraft on the right routes and, critically, in the right numbers,” Hammad said.
Bombardier Aerospace sales, marketing and asset management senior vice president Ray Jones said: “Flybe is a valued, long-time Bombardier customer and as one of the largest operators of the Q400 in the world we are pleased that Flybe continues to show its long-term commitment to the Q400 aircraft.
“Embarking on a strategic agreement that will assist in its Q400 aircraft fleet enhancement will be integral to Flybe’s market competitiveness.”
Sourced from Travel Weekly