Published on November 30th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
NAC Delivers First Dash8 to FlyBe
Limerick based leasing company, Nordic Aviation Capital has delivered the first of twelve Bombardier Dash 8-400 turboprop to the new UK airline FlyBe. The new FlyBe was launched last April following the collapse of the original FlyBe in March 2020. The new airline will be based in Birmingham and will start commercial flights in the Spring of 2022. These initial twelve aircraft will be part of the expected 32 aircraft in the fleet within the coming years. The first aircraft to join the fleet will be G-JECX (c/n 4155) which previously operated for FlyBe since 2007. The new airline will have a white fuselage with large billboard-style FlyBe titles and a purple tail with titles.
Commenting on the handover, the President of Nordic Aviation Capital, Norman C.T. Liu said, “We are excited to be partnering with Flybe Ltd to help them as they create a strong new company that will build on a very respected and well-known brand. We look forward to seeing them grow and connect communities and regions across the UK and EU.”
Also commenting was the newly announced CEO of FlyBe, Dave Pflieger who added, “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with NAC to take delivery of our first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400. This is an exciting time for our team and our new airline, and we look forward to working with both NAC and De Havilland Canada as we launch and grow our fleet with more of these incredibly fast turboprop planes that are more eco-friendly than regional jets. Flybe’s entire fleet will be comprised of Dash 8-400 aircraft because it is an extremely fast turboprop-powered aircraft that can complete short journeys almost as quickly as a regional jet, but with lower CO2 emissions.”