FARNBOROUGH: Flybe to maintain RAF A400M fleet

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Flybe’s technical arm is to maintain the UK Royal Air Force’s on-order Airbus A400M military transport fleet.

After the deal with the regional aircraft support specialist was revealed by media reports in early July, Flybe has confirmed that Airbus selected it as “preferred bidder” for the contract.

Flybe Aviation Services will conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at the RAF Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire, it says.

The Exeter-based MRO provider specialises in the support of BAE Systems Avro RJs, ATR and Bombardier Q400 turboprops for third-party customers, and is also maintaining the Embraer 175/195 fleet of its parent carrier.

The UK RAF has ordered 22 A400M transports, the first of which will be delivered in September.