Brussels Airlines taps into Flybe for contract flying

Flybe has signed a two year deal to provide two ‘wet lease’ Bombardier Q400 aircraft – with pilots, cabin crew and engineering support – to Brussels Airlines.

The agreement is identical in design and implementation to Flybe’s successful partnership with Olympic Air in 2009-10 and is the latest in a line of fleet utilisation initiatives which the carrier says highlights its ability to not only ride out the challenging economic environment, but also places it in a position to emerge stronger and more competitive when the upturn arrives.

The wet lease arrangement runs from the beginning of the 2012 IATA summer season (25 March) for a period of two years, at which point the aircraft will return to Flybe’s scheduled services. Based initially in Birmingham and Hannover, the Bombardier Q400 aircraft will serve core routes for the Belgian airline throughout Europe. The aircraft will carry the livery of Brussels Airlines but will operate under the Flybe Airline Operating Certificate (AOC), be crewed by Flybe pilots and cabin crew and maintained by Flybe engineers.

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