The 727's tri-jet layout enables the crew to keep the pod engines at static thrust and use the central engine for variable thrust to assist in achieving the correct speed for spraying.
Boeing 727-2S2F(RE) G-OSRA, the last 727 ever built, in the hangar at T2’s base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, from where the 727s can be mobilised in four hours to respond to oil spills worldwide.
A practice spray run over the North Sea. For spraying operations, the aircraft is flown at altitudes between 150ft (45m) and 1,500ft (457m) and at speeds from 150kts (277km/h) to 170kts (315km/h).
A close-up of the TERSUS Aerial Dispersant System releasing fluid. The flow rate during spray operations is between 500 and 1,200 litres (109-264 gallons) per minute.
The TERSUS Aerial Dispersant System features seven interconnecting 2,200-litre (483-gallon) tanks.
Both 727-2S2F(RE)s operated by T2 were formerly used as freighters by FedEx in the United States.
One of the two Boeing 727-2S2F(RE)s operated by T2 for Oil Spill Response demonstrating its spraying capabilities at Farnborough in 2016. The TERSUS Aerial Dispersant System is visible on the underside of the aircraft's rear fuselage.
The good provenance of former FedEx aircraft and powerful Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engines were two factors in the 727's selection for the oil spill response role.
The E195s that entered service from the mid-2000s will all have left the airline’s fleet by 2019-2020.
Although Flybe is divesting the 118-seat E195s, it intends to make use of the longer range of its 11 smaller 88-seat E175s.
‘Faster than road or rail’ is one of the slogans used by Flybe on its aircraft to help promote the connectivity the airline provides.
In 2016 Flybe launched its first routes not touching its home market at all - from Hanover in Germany. The airline sees great opportunity in European markets.
Flybe is one of the major operators of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.
A Q400 undergoing maintenance at Flybe's Exeter HQ. The airline’s MRO subsidiary, Flybe Aviation Services, handles not only Flybe’s own fleet but also aircraft from third party operators.
The Flight Safety International simulators within the Flybe Training Academy at the airline’s Exeter International Airport in the UK, which also includes a cabin door trainer, 26 purpose-built classrooms and an integrated apprentice workshop.