Exeter - Europe's largest regional airline operator Flybe, consolidates its network and fleet.

Flybe announces that it would operate only 70 aircraft by April 2020 and optimize its network for high-yielding routes.

In parallel with the decommissioning of nine Embraer E195 jets, four new Embraer E175 jets will join the fleet from an earlier order, which are to be used on longer routes. Flybe plans no new orders until further notice.

Overall, the Flybe fleet will shrink to 70 aircraft from 85 by 2020 spring.

Flybe currently has 76 aircraft in service, including 20 e-jets (9 E195, 11 E175) and 56 turboprops (52 Q400 and four ATR72 leased by the Irish Stewart Group ). According to Bombardier, the British regional airline is the largest Q400 operator in the world.

Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener said that the Bombardier Q400 turboprop was the first choice for a regional airline such as Flybe, notably through its economy and low noise emission.