Eastern Airways, which operates scheduled ﬂights from Humberside Airport, is expanding the size of its Saab 2000 ﬂeet to nine with the introduction of an extra aircraft.
The Humberside-based regional airline, which provides a comprehensive domestic network of scheduled services, and is the UK’s leading provider of ﬁxed wing air services for the oil and gas industry, will see the Saab 2000 entering service in the coming weeks.
The Swedish manufactured 50-seater Saab 2000 is one of the world’s fastest turbo-prop aircraft with its two Rolls Royce engines producing a cruising speed of 425mph, and low fuel burn due to its eﬃciency.
This latest addition will be assigned to its charter services operating for the oil and gas industry, which also includes the recently awarded major contract with BP ﬂying between Aberdeen and Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles.
Paul Alcock, Eastern Airways’ managing director, said: “The Saab 2000 is an extremely ﬂexible aircraft that can operate on both short and longer runways, which is ideally suited to our long term charter services for the oil and gas industry. The aircraft type is also used on our scheduled network and to European destinations for ad-hoc charters.”
The airline, which has its headquarters at Humberside, has been operating ﬂights from the airport for over 16 years, and currently provides four ﬂights each weekday, plus a Sunday service to Aberdeen.
Saab 2000 aircraft were ﬁrst introduced to Eastern Airways ﬂeet in 2004 and the latest addition increases the ﬂeet to nine. The airline is also the largest operator of British Aerospace Jetstream 41s in the world with a ﬂeet of 18. The remainder of the ﬂeet comprises of four regional jets, including two Embraer 135 and two Embraer 145 aircraft.
A network of services across to 20 airports in the UK, Norway and France is operated by the airline on a ﬂeet of 31 regional aircraft.
In January 2014, the airline started a new scheduled service between Leeds Bradford and Southampton and also launched its third domestic route in France with ﬂights between Lorient and Lyon.
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