Flybe

Flybe is a regional airline operating primarily in the United Kingdom. In 2014 it closed its own loyalty scheme and began to issue Avios points when you fly with it. My series of articles on this announcement begin here. You can find out more about earning Avios points with Flybe on their website here.

EU approves Virgin’s acquisition of Flybe following slot commitments

The European Commission has finally approved the acquisition of Flybe by the Virgin Atlantic-led Connect Airways consortium. It was not entirely pain free, with the airline required to surrender five daily slot pairs at Amsterdam Schiphol and three daily slot pairs at Paris Charles de […]

Update on Flybe’s loyalty plans now it has dropped Avios

Flybe is not launching a new loyalty scheme imminently, I was told this week. Flybe‘s partnership with Avios came to an end on 30th April. It is no longer possible to earn or spend Avios with Flybe, although existing redemptions will be honoured.  For clarity, […]

Last chance to book Flybe with Avios and to save your Flybe Avios account

Avios and Flybe are ending their partnership on 30th April.  Details are on the Flybe website here. You will still earn Avios on any Flybe flights taken by 30th April (you must complete BOTH legs, not just the outbound).  You can also still book Flybe […]

WARNING: all avios.com accounts linked to Flybe will be closed on 30th April

Judging by my inbox, many Head for Points readers are not aware that they are at risk of losing a large chunk of Avios overnight on 30th April. Most of you will know that Avios and Flybe are ending their partnership on 30th April.  Details […]

Flybe to close or shrink four UK bases as it cuts back on jet aircraft operations

Flybe has announced that it will close its bases at Cardiff and Doncaster Sheffield at the end of the Summer season in late October. Flights using jet aircraft from Exeter and Norwich will also cease with only turboprop routes remaining.  Services from Norwich operated by Eastern […]

Flybe launching London Heathrow to Isle of Man

Flybe has announced a new service from Heathrow to the Isle of Man. Starting on 21st April and using a 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, it is initially scheduled to run for the Summer season to 26th October. It will, apparently, be the first direct flight […]

Flybe adds Guernsey / Jersey to Newquay service

Blue Islands is a Channel Islands-based airline which operates as a Flybe franchise.  It has just announced a new Summer route from Jersey and Guernsey to Newquay. Flights will operate from 3rd June to 31st August. There will be three services per week, on Monday, […]

Flybe adds a sixth daily flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh

Flybe has been moving quickly since its sale to a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium completed this week. We have seen the announcement of Heathrow to Guernsey, using the Virgin Atlantic slot previously leased to bankrupt Cobalt Air. A fifth daily flight to Edinburgh, from 31st March, […]

Flybe is now officially owned by Virgin Atlantic and its partners – and is launching Heathrow to Guernsey!

A day ahead of schedule, the sale of Flybe’s operating assets to a Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group consortium completed on Thursday evening. Flybe Group plc is now a shell company with no trading businesses. This was despite last minute interest from a Mesa Air, […]

Virgin’s plans for Flybe revealed in the official scheme document – and which brand will be used?

HFP readers in the City may be interested in the formal scheme document for the sale of Flybe to a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium which was published yesterday.  You can download it here (PDF). If you can wade through the technical pages, there is some interesting information […]

Flybe launches Southend to Newquay

Stobart Air has announced plans to launch London Southend to Newquay flights on 1st April. This is planned to be a Flybe franchise, but by 1st April Stobart Group is due to have injected its airline business into Flybe as part of the Virgin Atlantic-led […]

No more Avios earning or redeeming on Flybe from 30th April

Flybe and Avios announced yesterday that the Flybe / Avios partnership will come to an end on 30th April.  The full details are here. This is not hugely surprising, given the imminent takeover of the airline by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, although it is arguably a […]

Flybe surprise update: sale to Virgin Atlantic consortium restructured, shareholders bypassed, deal done!

There was a major development in the Flybe takeover saga this morning. It appears that the subsidiary of the quoted company, Flybe Group plc, which runs the airline has been sold to the Virgin Atlantic / Stobart Group consortium subject to a limited number of conditions.  […]

Flybe sells its Gatwick slots for £4.5 million

Flybe slipped out an additional Stock Exchange announcement on Friday in the wake of the ‘big one’ on its proposed acquisition by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium. Flybe has sold its remaining slots at London Gatwick to BA’s sister airline Vueling.  The price was £4.5 million. […]

What does the Virgin Atlantic takeover of Flybe mean for Avios collectors?

All of the coverage of Virgin Atlantic’s proposed acquisition and rebranding of Flybe has, not surprisingly, focused on what it means for Flybe and for Virgin Atlantic. What hasn’t been discussed is what impact the deal will have on Avios. When I heard that Virgin […]

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