Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) has begun advertising for flightcrews to operate a pair of EMB-195s for its franchise contract with flybe. (BE, Exeter) due to begin later this summer. The requisite First Officers and Captains will be based in Dublin and London Southend, the advertisement said.

As previously reported, the Irish ACMI/charter operator will base the two Embraer Regional Jets out of London Southend from May onwards. Together, they will be used to develop services to Lyon St. Exupéry, Milan Malpensa, Budapest, Cologne/Bonn, Venice Marco Polo, Prague, Reus, Vienna, Dubrovnik, Figari, Perpignan, and Zadar. Flights are however currently displayed in reservation systems as operating with EMB-175s.

Stobart Air's fleet is currently an all-Avions de Transport Régional operation consisting of two ATR42-300s, two ATR72-500s, and thirteen ATR72-600s. Existing franchise partners include flybe. and Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l), but Stobart also operates some of its ATRs on a wet-lease basis for Flybe. in addition to franchise operations from Southend.