I think the 737-300's FlyBE are getting for next summer to operate to destinations from BHX to Spain and Portugal are only a temporary measure anyway until they decide what new aircrafts they are going to order.
The A318 is a more closer match to the BAe 146 and wouldn't be surprised if we see a combination of A318's and A319's.
Any orders for new aircraft are unlikely to arrive in time for Summer 05 and will probably see these being delivered in 2006 at the earliest.
Well lets just say that this site i geared to aviation hobby and pprune is geared to people who actually work in the aviation world rather than viewing it from the out side,so maybe the people on there know more about whats going on than people on here.
Ok alot of it is rumuor thats why its proffesional pilots rumuor network it is run by pilots and other aviation professionals,as opposed to aviation hobbists.
P.S this post is not intended to get peoples backs up.
The A319 with a fuel load for the relatively short GCI-LGW hop could make it into and out of GCI no problem, year round. The 757 has been to GCI before and the A319 is, if anything, overpowered, aka the 757.
Trb10, they will be wet leased 733s to start with (apparently Astraeus but Channex have been also mentioned). As someone has said this rumour has been doing the rounds for ages, one minute they're about to sign for 737s, next A319s. Its no doubt that flyBe are evaluating BOTH as a replacement, but until we here anything from flyBe or a manufacturer we won't know what they're going for.