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April 20th 2011


Europe’s leading regional airline honoured by high profile attention as the Chancellor of the Exchequer opens its new multi-million pound Training Academy in Exeter

Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic carrier, is today celebrating the official opening of its multi-million pound Training Academy at Exeter International Airport by The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim French and Training Academy Director Andrew Rosser welcomed the Chancellor on his arrival. Guests also included representatives from Flybe’s academic partners, Exeter University and Exeter College.

The state-of-the art building, costing £11.9-million to construct is designed to BREEAM* Excellent specifications, It features 26 classrooms and incorporates a flight simulator complex, an integrated apprentice workshop and cabin door trainer, all of which contribute to increasing the wide range of training opportunities available to third party customers.

On unveiling the commemorative plaque, The Chancellor said: ”It’s a great honour to come here today and to see this fantastic facility. I know what a success story Flybe is and it’s great to see a big company investing in the future and working with local education establishments. Think about what Britain needs….Britain needs more people to study engineering. Congratulations for what you have achieved here.”
Flybe’s Training Academy provides a world-class training facility not only for its own staff but also serves to enhance the airline’s growing reputation as an internationally respected training facility for the airline industry as a whole. It offers with a wide range of courses for pilot, technical, cabin crew, customer service and aviation support. It also offers an increasingly comprehensive range of specialist non-aviation training for companies involved across the entire travel-related spectrum.

Mr French commented: “The presence here today of the Chancellor of the Exchequer is an enormous honour for Flybe and we are immensely grateful to him for agreeing to be with us here to officially open our new Training Academy. 

“Its successful completion and auspicious opening marks not only our ability to consolidate all our training in one place but also a key milestone for skills’ development in the South West. None of this would have been possible without the committed and ongoing support of our funding and academic partners represented here today.”

Mr French concluded: “Flybe’s investment into training and skills’ development reflects a commitment that is very close to my heart and that is a necessary component to the sustainable development of our company and staff.  In today’s competitive global economy, this is absolutely vital to the creation, development and retention of a highly skilled private sector workforce.”