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Flybe takes delivery of its 50th Q400

20th April 2009 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Bombardier Aerospace has announced that UK airline Flybe has taken delivery of its 50th Q400 airliner.

The aircraft is equipped with the 1,000th installation of Ultra Electronics’ Active Noise Control (ANC) system which is called the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system on Q400 and other Bombardier Q-Series aircraft.

Since the introduction of the ANVS system to Bombardier’s Dash 8 aircraft in 1996, the aircraft have been known as Q-Series airliners, signalling a new era in turboprop passenger comfort. The “Q” means quiet.

Flybe placed an initial order for four Q400 airliners in March 1999. Subsequent orders were announced in 2003, 2005 and 2007, confirming Flybe as the largest operator of the type. The airline, which operates 190 routes in 13 countries, carried 7.5 million passengers in 2008 and is now the largest regional airline in Europe.

In the meantime, Flybe has also become a leader in environmental consciousness and unveiled the aviation industry’s first and only eco-labeling program back in 2007. The eco-labels, modeled on those used in the sale of appliances like fridges, microwaves and washing machines, show a full range of environmental indicators per aircraft. For more information regarding Flybe’s eco-labels, visit

“The Bombardier Q400 airliner has been the dominant factor in our growth and success,” said Jim French, chairman and chief executive officer of Flybe. “It has excellent operating economics, amazing performance, and the ANVS system contributes significantly to its outstanding passenger comfort.”

“Flybe operates the largest fleet of the world's most technologically advanced turboprop,” said Gary Scott, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 airliner is optimised for short-haul service and Flybe’s successful experience with our high-speed turboprop's capabilities in European markets has set a standard which other airlines around the world can follow.”

Firm orders for the Q400 airliner have reached 347 aircraft, with 233 having been delivered as of 31 January 2009.

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