Flybe

Flybe is a regional airline operating primarily in the United Kingdom. In 2019 it was taken over by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium and will relaunch as Virgin Connect during 2020.

Why did Flybe go into receivership?

Why did Flybe go into receivership?  Accountancy firm EY was appointed as administrator to regional airline Flybe when it collapsed on 5th March.  Flybe, as regular readers will know, had been rescued a year earlier by a consortium comprising Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Aviation and US […]

Is Flybe on its way back to the skies?!

If you thought the Flybe story was over, think again. The Telegraph reported on Sunday that EY, the administrator of Flybe, had opened talks with the Government over the nationalisation of the airline. This story was denied by EY.  According to a statement given to […]

British Airways takes over Flybe’s 12 daily Heathrow take-off slots – which could cause problems!

British Airways is the big winner from the collapse of Flybe as it has been given the 12 daily Summer slot pairs at Heathrow used by the airline. Given that Air New Zealand received £20m for its badly-timed pair of all-year slots a few weeks ago and […]

Aurigny starts flights on two Flybe routes to Birmingham and Exeter

We wrote last week about how Loganair, Eastern and Blue Islands were stepping in to pick up various ex-Flybe routes. Aurigny, the small Channel Islands airline, has now announced that it will restart service on two further routes. From 11th March, it will fly: Guernsey […]

Flybe – some interesting hard numbers on what has been lost

I don’t usually drop in external commentary, but I was sent this article from travel data and analytics group Cirium and I thought it was worth running.  There are a lot of ‘facts’ floating around about Flybe which are not necessarily accurate. Headline statistics: Flybe operated […]

Good news as Loganair, Eastern and Blue Islands pick up many Flybe routes

There are three pieces of good news today for ex-Flybe customers. Loganair to start flights on 16 ex-Flybe routes Scottish airline Loganair has announced that it will pick up 16 Flybe routes.  The routes will be phased in over the next three months although the […]

Flybe enters administration – what happens next?

Flybe has finally collapsed tonight, after the Government refused additional requests for emergency funding. The website went down around 10.45pm: And here is the official notice issued at Glasgow Airport, impounding one of their aircraft for non-payment of fees (click to enlarge): The last aircraft […]

Virgin news: Extra Havana flight added, Flybe now fully bookable via Virgin, buy cheap miles with ‘Miles Booster’

There are three pieces of Virgin Atlantic news today: Virgin Atlantic adds a third weekly Havana service Havana appears to be playing an increasingly important part in the Virgin Atlantic route network. The service was moved from Gatwick to Heathrow in 2019.  The airline has […]

Virgin news: the new A350 Upper Class tray table, 50% bonus buying Flying Club miles, Government to take equity in Flybe?

Here are some exclusive pictures of the new Virgin Atlantic A350 tray table! There is a lot to like about the new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite which launched on the A350 last year.  Here is our review of the new Upper Class Suite if […]

Flybe launching flights from London City Airport to Luxembourg

With zero publicity, Flybe is launching a new route from London City to Luxembourg on 29th March. There will be three flights per day during the week, competing with the existing and well established Luxair service.  British Airways also has daily flights from Heathrow and […]

Some Flybe flights now bookable (cheaper!) via Virgin Atlantic – but no mention of miles or tier points

We have, slowly, some proof that the integration of Flybe into the Virgin Atlantic schedules is beginning to gain traction. You can now book some – not all, but some – Flybe flights via the Virgin Atlantic website.  You can book them as standalone flights, […]

Flybe saved in a secret Government deal – for now

Flybe announced last night that it had agreed a deal with the Government to keep flying.  All flights are operating as scheduled and the company should hopefully have enough liquidity now to get through the Winter. The exact deal has not been revealed.  The only […]

BREAKING: Is Flybe on the verge of administration (again)?

Sky News reported very late last night that Flybe is believed to be on the brink of administration. Regular readers will know that Flybe was acquired last year for, virtually, nothing (£2m) by a consortium of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Air and private equity group Cyrus […]

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