Flybe accelerates introduction of Embraer 175

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UK regional carrier Flybe is already accelerating the delivery of its new Embraer 175 aircraft, in order to use the type on Channel Islands services.

The airline has ordered 35 of the 88-seat type - and placed options and purchase rights on another 105 - and had originally said it would start accepting them in September 2011.

But the airline says it has opted to bring forward the delivery of the first twin-jet to spring next year. Flybe plans to introduce the Embraer 175 on its London Gatwick-Guernsey service, on which it currently deploys Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

"The decision has been taken to satisfy the long-standing demand for the return of a jet service on this important route," says the carrier.

Chief commercial officer Mike Rutter says that the airline has "pulled out all the stops" with Embraer to accelerate the original delivery schedule, disclosed at the Farnborough Air Show only last week.