British low-cost airline Flybe has signed an order for 35 Embraer 175 jets at the Farnborough International Airshow, in a deal that also includes 65 options and 40 purchase rights to increase Flybe’s potential firm Embraer 175 order to 140 aircraft.
Embraer says the total list-price value of the firm order is $1.3 billion in January 2010 dollars and it could reach $ 5.0 billion if Flybe exercises all its options and purchase rights.
“Flybe’s decision to select the Embraer 175 to complement its existing fleet of 14 Embraer 195s is great news, indeed, and we are very thankful for this further sign of confidence in our E-Jets family,” says Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer’s president & CEO. “I am sure that this new fleet strategy will give Flybe an even greater profile in the leadership role they play today.”
The British airline’s Embraer 175s will be configured in a single-class layout, seating up to 88 passengers with comfortable, 30-inch pitch (76 cm) Elite seats. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2011.
“We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Embraer since we became the world’s launch customer for the Embraer 195, a superb addition to our fleet with outstanding reliability and performance,” says Jim French, Flybe’s chairman and CEO. “The Embraer 175 will give us significant added capacity and is particularly suited to the sector lengths prevalent in Europe that we are most interested in exploiting. In short, it perfectly fits Flybe’s business model. We are delighted to extend the long-running partnership with Embraer. With this order, we are securing an aircraft that fits the stated aim of furthering our position as
the leading regional airline in Europe.”
Flybe is a British low-cost and regional airline headquartered at Exeter International Airport (EXT) in Devon, England. It started operations in 1979 as Jersey European Airways, establishing a few key routes from the Channel Islands to the U.K. The airline re-branded as British European in June 2000, shortening this title to Flybe in 2002 and repositioning itself as a full service, low-fare airline.
Following the acquisition and integration of BA Connect in March 2007, Flybe increased its route network in both the U.K. and continental Europe, becoming the leading European regional airline. The company currently operates 198 routes and carries around 7.5 million passengers per year on 73 aircraft, including 14 Embraer 195 jets and 59 Bombardier Q400 turboprops. For more information on Flybe, visit www.flybe.com.
The Embraer E-Jet family consists of four commercial jets – the 170, the 175, the 190 and the 195 – with 70 to 122 seats, featuring a spacious cabin without middle seats. The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters) and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft results in exceptional savings for carriers in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance.
Another key feature of the E-Jets is fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption. Each E-Jet’s double-bubble fuselage design includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors, thus minimizing aircraft turn-around time.
The E-Jet family has logged firm order for nearly 900 aircraft and there are more than 650 E-Jets in operation worldwide. They have accumulated more than 3.7 million flight hours and transported 200 million passengers. Embraer says the E-Jet family helps airlines to right-size low-load-factor narrowbody routes, to replace older, inefficient aircraft, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency and outstanding passenger comfort.