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Regional operator flybe to retire its last Embraer E195 jet

Exeter, UK - British regional airline flybe ceased operations with Embraer E195s as of Feb. 24. The carrier retired its last Embreaer E195 jet with registration G-FBEK (MSN 19000168).

The 11.8-year-old aircraft is owned by the British aircraft leasing company Falko Regional Aircraft and made its last scheduled flight from Edinburgh to Birmingham on Feb. 24. The plane was then ferried to East Midlands, where it is currently stored.

The G-FBEK was the last of fourteen E195s in the airline's fleet. After recent financial turbulence, flybe is currently undergoing restructuring and rebrand itself as Virgin Connect. The airline will go on its operations with its 54 De Havilland Dash 8-400s and nine Embraer E170s.

Earlier this year, the carrier retired its remaining three ATR72-600 turboprops. One of them was stored at Toulouse Francazal and two joined Loganair, another British regional operator.

Two Embraer E190s were already wet-leased to Dublin-based charter operator Stobart Air.