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Old 16th Jan 2018, 18:55
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Also a MAN-BHD Q400 diverted to PIK on low fuel. Another Q400 was sent from BHD shorly after
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 19:32
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Originally Posted by Reversethrustset View Post
The CS100 holds 108 passengers, the Dash 8 holds 78, that's an increase in capacity of 28%
The CS100 is certified to 133Y passengers, even more than what the E195s carry. You won't be seeing the CSeries in Flybe's fleet sadly.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 20:26
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In flyBe's current structure, yes it wouldn't make sense. However, its questionable if the current structure is working - and a pivot to a different model could include the C-Series.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 21:05
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The issue with all previous jets in this size class is that the seat-mile costs have not been competitive against the Ryanair and Wizz's of the world. Weather you're trying to fill a plane to MXP from MAN, with FR offering a departure to BGY in an hour, or selling seats to Paris from Doncaster, your costs matter.

The thing about the C-Series is that is has genuine A320neo CASM in a ~100 seat package and impressive range capabilities. It opens all sorts of new markets, Doncaster to the Canaries, as an example, or something like MAN-MXP to be offered twice daily.

Granted, if flyBe were to introduce the C-Series it shouldn't be a direct replacement for the 175/195 fleets, but could open a new direction for the company - one which it would seem to sorely need.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 21:11
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A more suitable aircraft size wise should Flybe decide to go down the jet route again would be the Mitsubishi MRJ which was showcased in EXT after the Paris airshow. A big risk though.

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Old 16th Jan 2018, 21:14
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Heard a rumour that the Fly Be maintenance contract with MAEL ends in March.

Also they are looking at buying the TCX hangar at Manchester as TCX want out of doing own maintenance.

How far fetched are these rumours ?
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 21:23
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I'm with Brian, as long as the leases are reasonable. There is arguably a market to serve in places like Doncaster, Exeter and Cardiff to longer distance leisure destinations, as well as upping capacity in Heathrow/LCY.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 21:24
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TCX operations are based in the hanger, so if that is the case where would ops locate to?
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 22:23
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TCX operations at Manchester could easily be moved to another location as in offices near to the airport so I don't see that as a deal breaker.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 06:45
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Wouldn’t the TCX hangar be abut big for Flybe? It’s designed to accommodate larger aircraft rather than ejets and props?
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 06:58
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I'd agree. Maybe a good shout for Easyjet though, what with their big expansion
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 09:14
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Why not 319s for those sun routes- lease rates should be ok with BA and Easy losing them. Isn't that the sort of low cost way forward that for whatever reason Flybe have avoided until now
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 09:29
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Isn't it the case BE operate sun routes more to keep the aircraft busy than to be a part of that market? If they decide to refocus, move away from being all things to all men and concentrate on what they can do best, short haul regional business flying, then sun routes naturally go away. They're a niche player in a huge market.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 10:53
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The sun routes that they operate though do tend to be from airports that don't really have a LCC base. EXT, SOU, DSA and NWI don't have LCCs like EZY or FR operating out of them so Flybe are filling in a gap and catering to local demand. CWL is slightly different as their only sun route is Faro and their focus tends to be on more on Italy and Germany. With their other bases their sun routes do tend to be charters rather than them going up against the others. So i'd be surprised if they keep the jets if they would ditch them if they are making money.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 11:29
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Originally Posted by Skipness One Echo View Post
Isn't it the case BE operate sun routes more to keep the aircraft busy than to be a part of that market? If they decide to refocus, move away from being all things to all men and concentrate on what they can do best, short haul regional business flying, then sun routes naturally go away. They're a niche player in a huge market.
Im not sure thats the case. flyBe have been operating sun routes for as long as I can remember. They even had Astraeus operate 733s for them prior to the introduction of the E-195s. The 195 should have been perfect for flyBe, but its never really worked well for independent operators. Its relatively expensive to operate, relatively expensive to maintain and to finance. I know airlines have kicked the tires several times and found the A31973G a better bet, which is itself being replaced by A320/neo's.

That no-one wanted to take them off flyBe's hands tells its own story, its not like flyBe is some fly-by-night operator with a poor maintenance record. I hope Stobart got a bargain on the 3 they bought....

If flyBe is to replace the jets - used A319s wouldn't be a bad shout, but if they can work out a deal with Bombardier/Airbus, I think it would be a better long-term strategy. I really don't think flyBe can go toe-to-to with easyJet/Ryanair/Wizz, which the A319 would inevitably necessitate.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 11:53
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Not really. The 319 could do the current sun routes - and eventually Easy's smallest aircraft will be the 320.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 12:12
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Originally Posted by brian_dromey View Post
That no-one wanted to take them off flyBe's hands tells its own story, its not like flyBe is some fly-by-night operator with a poor maintenance record. I hope Stobart got a bargain on the 3 they bought....
I believe the agreed price that Propius paid GOAL was about 14m each for the three aircraft, less something for maintenance reserves and security deposits.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 12:24
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Flybe will NOT replace their Q400 fleet with jets for several reasons.
a) Flybe is primarily a regional airline flying short, high frequency, business routes. This requires the use of smaller aircraft, meaning the only viable options would by the CRJ700 and E170/175, both of which are much more expensive to operate than the Q400.
b) Flybe's average sector length is 311 miles (1hr25), and at this time jet models reduce flight time by just 0hr10. The extra fuel costs are not worth such a small reduction in flight times.
c) Flybe will not change their business plan. They have relatively little competition on their routes, and no other business model would allow the airline to operate as many domestic routes as it does.

What people seem to forget is that Flybe is not a leisure airline, it is primarily a business airline. In addition, Flybe's European leisure routes are one of the reasons why the airline is in financial difficulty. If Flybe could get rid of their entire E195 fleet immediately and axe their leisure network, they would do so in a heartbeat. Q400 operations can sustain the vast majority of their operations, including a number of European business destinations.

Just by comparing Flybe's Q400 operations with easyJet's A319 operations on key domestic routes shows why Flybe will not upgrade to larger aircraft.

Belfast-Manchester

Flybe: BHD-MAN x41 weekly (Q400) 1hr00
Weekly seats: 6,396
Annual seats: 332,592
Load factor: 80.1%

easyJet: BFS-MAN x18 weekly (A319) 0hr55/1hr00
Weekly seats: 5,616
Annual seats: 292,032
Load factor: 86.7%

If Flybe were to upgrade their Q400 fleet, they would have two options;
a) keep same number of weekly seats, and adjust frequency
b) keep frequency, and adjust number of weekly seats

Results;
a) 6,396 weekly seats would mean an A319 (156) would operate x21 weekly flights, and a CS100 (125) would operate x26 weekly flights. Both options see Flybe's convenient timetable almost cut in half, which would negatively affect the airline's (primarily business) passengers.
b) Flying the route x41 weekly would lead of 10,250 weekly seats if operated by a CS100 (125), and 12,792 weekly seats if operated by an A319 (156). Flybe currently have a load factor of 80.1% on the route - almost doubling capacity on the route without increasing the frequency would be crippling.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 16:00
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I don't think there is any doubt that frequency of key routes which fit the Q400 makes sense - especially those on domestic. I think the argument is beyond the Q400, and more at the EMB fleet at bases like Exeter, Cardiff and Doncaster where there is little low-cost competition, lowering their cost per seat and expanding their leisure reach where there are opportunities.
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 17:54
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That was certainly what I had in mind, in full armchair CEO mode! I would envisage the C-Series as a replacement for the EMB fleet, with the Q400s staying.

A mixed Q400/C-Series fleet would be very flexible and fuel efficient. Dispatch on the C-Series is reported to be excellent and the Q400 has come a long way. The Q400 has good range and speed for a prop and does a surprising amount of the leisure flying, so I don't think its fair to say BE would drop the leisure flying if they could. Many ensure routes have high fares and good ancillary revenue.
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