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24th September 2009

Flybe Aviation Services makes debut at MRO Europe

Prestigious accolade enhances status of Europe’s leading regional airline’s state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance division

Flybe Aviation Services, the aircraft maintenance division of UK Exeter-based Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is celebrating its 2009 exhibition debut with a record year of operation that has been topped by having been named as European Airline MRO of the Year by AVIATION WEEK’s Overhaul & Maintenance (O&M) magazine.

The company has been chosen as the 2009 Award winner for ‘having built the largest turboprop MRO business in Europe in the past four years – and becoming a Bombardier-approved service centre for Dash 8s, Q400s and CRJ jets, whilst also handling Embraer, BAe 146 and Avro RJ regional jets. Flybe has a reputation for being an extremely well-run company that is thriving during difficult times, which is a testament in itself’.

The company’s increasingly enviable global reputation was further enhanced earlier this year when – as the Recognised Embraer Service Centre for Europe, it was chosen by the Brazilian-based manufacturer to host its annual Operators’ Maintenance Forum.

Some 20 regional aircraft operators from all over the world attended the forum, seeing firsthand the comprehensive range of cost-efficient maintenance services offered by Flybe’s ‘one stop’ Aviation Services’ workshops.

The state of the art facility, housed in the impressive New Walker Hangar, is the largest regional maintenance facility in Europe from which the company supports a diverse and impressive global group of customers.

Its workshops offer fully capable, flexible solutions that incorporate the widest range of services available, a service unrivalled by any other MRO in the sector and one that provides an efficient service with guaranteed downtimes so critically important to the economic and sustainable operation of any airline.

The workshop bays, totalling 2910 m2 (31,322 ft2) offer seamless seven day a week coverage on a number of specialist and generalist capabilities including  composite repairs, aircraft wing repairs, Non Destructive Testing, (a variety of sophisticated techniques available to any aircraft in any location) battery checks, calibration, wheels, safety equipment and paint services. Some of these capabilities employ the use of specialist materials rarely available such as the use of titanium in welding.

As a company, Flybe is no stranger to receiving global recognition and this latest Award joins an increasingly long list of internationally renowned accolades already received by the airline, the most recent being the 2009 Regional Airline of the Year award from the widely acclaimed US-based global industry publication, Air Transport World (ATW).

Marshall Barrand, Flybe’s Director of Aviation Services, says: “We are naturally very pleased to have received this prestigious MRO Award. It is an exceptional bonus with this being our first year at MRO Europe 2009. It is a credit to all our staff who work so hard to make Flybe the success it is today.

“We are extremely upbeat about the future of Flybe Aviation Services. There is a lot of potential to expand ever further our maintenance and workshop capabilities and the recognition we are now enjoying positions us strongly to further develop this growth potential.”