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Flybe boosts local economy as it hosts prestigious international meeting in Exeter

13 September 2012

UK’s largest regional airline prepares to welcome gathering of top aviation engineers to South West

Flybe Aviation Services, the aircraft maintenance division of Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, will welcome some of the world’s leading aviation engineers next week as it hosts the Embraer Maintenance Review Board Working Group on behalf of the Brazilian-based aircraft manufacturer for the first time. Committee members from as far afield as Australia, Brazil and the US will head to the city for four days of planning and discussions at Flybe’s headquarters at Exeter International Airport.

The working group committee, comprising some of the Industry’s leading aviation engineers, is responsible for creating the preliminary maintenance programmes for Embraer’s E-Jet aircraft fleet, of which Flybe currently operates 14 E195 and 7 brand new E175 jets.

Stefan Kontorravdis, Director of Engineering said:“We are extremely proud to be co-chairing this event with Embraer and to be welcoming such a prestigious group of airlines here at our Exeter facilities. Not only does it allow us the opportunity to show case our maintenance business as the largest regional Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul operation in Europe but it provides key airline representatives the platform to meet other like-minded airlines in developing in service improvements with the aircraft manufacturer.”

Members of the working group and Executive Committee will also have the opportunity to see first-hand the comprehensive range of cost-efficient maintenance services offered by Flybe’s ‘one stop’ Aviation Services’ workshops and the airline’s Training Academy.

Flybe’s Aviation Services’ state-of-the-art MRO facilities, 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 a comprehensive range of services unrivalled by any other similar facility in the sector, providing an efficient service with guaranteed downtimes so critically important to the economic and sustainable operation of any airline.

Adds Mr Kontorravdis:“Embraer’s decision to hold this influential meeting here at Exeter is further recognition of the international reputation that Flybe Aviation Services has established as one of its key service centres for the global aviation industry. This is not just great news for Flybe but also for Exeter and highlights the airline’s commitment to, and role in, contributing to the regional economy.”