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28 November 2011

Flybe celebrates arrival of new jets with a soaking!

Europe’s largest regional airline and Exeter Airport Fire Services join forces to give traditional water arc welcome to first of new 20 aircraft


Following last week’s announcement of a committed financing of approximately $500 million for 20 new Embraer E175 regional jet aircraft, Flybe celebrated the delivery of the first two aircraft with a spectacular water arc, kindly provided by the Exeter Airport Fire Service.

The arc is a traditional form of welcome for aircraft joining the fleet and hundreds of Flybe staff gathered on a brisk November morning at the airline’s Exeter HQ to witness the magnificent sight. The celebration is the fruition of Flybe’s announcement at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2010 that it had signed a major aircraft deal with Embraer for up to 140 of their E-series aircraft, comprising 35 firm orders for Embraer E175s, with options and purchase rights for a further 105 E-series aircraft.

Andrew Strong, Managing Director of Flybe UK, commented:

““The arrival of our first two new Embraer aircraft is a significant moment in Flybe’s history and I’m delighted that the British weather held-off to allow us to celebrate the deliveries in traditional fashion by giving them a proper soaking!

“The financing announced last week with BNDES, Brazilian Export Development Bank, secured all our planned aircraft financing requirements through to July 2014 and is an important milestone for Flybe, sending out a very clear message that our business is in robust financial health. The aircraft will be in service in the next few weeks, once the relevant approval has been gained from the CAA, and I’m sure Flybe passengers around the UK and Europe will be impressed by the comfort, speed, reliability and performance of one of the world’s finest aeroplanes.

Mr. Strong concluded by thanking the Exeter Airport Fire Services: “The water arc is a tremendous sight and I’m particularly grateful to our friends at Exeter Airport for arranging such a great display.”