England's Flybe Also Takes 15 Options
Bombardier Aerospace announced that Exeter, England-based Flybe
has signed a contract to acquire 15 additional Bombardier Q400
turboprop airliners. In addition, Flybe has taken options on 15
The value of the firm orders, based on the list price of the
Q400 aircraft is approximately $394 million US. Flybe is already
the operator of the world’s largest Q400 fleet; deliveries of
the 15 firm-ordered aircraft, along with those previously ordered,
will increase the fleet to 60 aircraft.
"The introduction of the Bombardier Q400 aircraft has played a
key role in the turn-around of the business due to its customer
appeal and economics," said Jim French, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Flybe. "For the future though, most importantly
its environmental credentials are exceptional. It is one of the
quietest and most effective aircraft, ideally suited for the
regional markets of the world."
Flybe became Europe’s largest regional airline on March 5,
2007 when it acquired BA Connect from British Airways. With that
acquisition, Flybe will operate 152 routes from 22 airports in the
UK and 34 in Europe.
"Very low operating costs, jet-like speed and a spacious, quiet
and comfortable cabin distinguish the Bombardier Q400 from the
competition," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional
Aircraft. "We are delighted that Flybe will continue to grow their
fleet with the Q400 airliner."
The transaction announced Tuesday increases firm orders for the
Q400 aircraft to 245. As of January 31, 2007, Bombardier had
delivered 143 of Q400 airliners to operators in Africa, the Asia
Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and North America.