Flybe has announced that the Bombardier Q400 is the best core aircraft for its current and future needs and will remain as the backbone of the Flybe fleet for the foreseeable future. Flybe states that it will however continue to operate a number of Embraer E175 jets for longer or busier routes. Flybe’s stated strategy is to reduce its overall fleet and to concentrate on profitable routes only. In the past twelve months, Flybe handed back six older end-of-lease Q400s. With a further planned handback of all nine Embraer 195 jets, the overall fleet is well on the way to

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