Dunlop to supply Flybe expansion
Europe’s largest regional airline Flybe has selected Birmingham manufacturer Dunlop Aircraft Tyres to supply its expanding fleet of Embraer jets. Dunlop has been awarded an exclusive five-year deal to supply new and retreaded nose and mainwheel tyres for Flybe’s fleet of Embraer 175 aircraft and radial nosewheel tyres for the carrier’s Embraer 195s. The deal continues a long-standing relationship with the airline, while Dunlop is currently present on many other Embraer aircraft.
Flybe operates 14 Embraer 195s and has so far taken delivery of nine Embraer 175s, with a further 26 of the aircraft on firm order.
“For many years we have supported Flybe with tyres for its large fleet of Bombardier Q400 turboprops,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson. “This significant contract to provide tyres and retreading for the airline’s fleet of regional jets further strengthens our market-leading position on Embraer E-Jets.”
Dunlop tyres are currently fitted to the majority of the Embraer 170 and 175 aircraft in service, including the large fleets operated by Air Canada, Compass Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Republic Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Shuttle America and Trip.