Flybe is to retain two of their BAe 146s to operate routes from Guernsey. The airline had announced their intention to withdraw all of their 146s by the end of February, as they are replaced by Embraer 195s and Bombardier Q400s. Already they have withdrawn all the 146s they inherited in their takeover of BA Connect, as well as several of their own fleet of sixteen. However, the poor condition of Guernsey’s runway makes it unable to support the Embraer 195 with a full load, while switching to the smaller Q400 would result in a substantial reduction in capacity. The airline is thus forced to retain two 146s to cover routes from the island. Flybe is planning to seek compensation from the Guernsey States for the “massive increase in cost” that will result from having to retain such a small sub-fleet.
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