14 February 2012
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is hoping that Åland Island residents, its frequent visitors, unofficial ambassadors and all those who have a particular emotional attachment to this spectacular part of the country, will take part in a month-long competition to name an aircraft in the region’s honour. The competition opens for online entries today, on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, and winning entries will be announced at the end of March.
The overall winning name will be featured permanently on the side of a Flybe aircraft and it will be officially unveiled during a VIP ceremony on April 18th at Mariehamn Airport. Prizes will include six free return flights with Flybe on any of its regional routes throughout the Nordic and Baltic region.
Competition is running on www.visitaland.com/flybe. Entries - accompanied by up to 50 words explaining why the suggested name has been put forward - should reflect and embody the proud traditions, history, culture and scenic attractions of the islands and skerries comprising the spectacular Baltic archipelago.
Judges for the competition are Fred Kochak, Flybe Europe’s Director of Commercial;
Annica Jansson, Managing Director of Visit Åland and Tanja Sabel, Airport Manager of Finavia Abp Mariehamn Airport.
Mr Kochak comments: “Flybe is an airline committed to championing the local communities we serve and are extremely proud to be working on this special project with Visit Åland, Åland’s official tourist organisation. We hope that many, many people will enter this competition and put forward some wonderfully creative suggestions for a name that most perfectly reflects this very special part of the world.”
Annica Jansson adds: “We are enthusiastic about Flybe operating Helsinki – Mariehamn considering the potential the route brings not only in sourcing new visitors from the Helsinki region, but also from connecting cities. Giving Ålanders and Åland ambassadors a chance to name a Flybe plane is a creative and welcomed initiative that I trust will create interest as well as recognition.”
Flybe currently operates up to 11 flights a week between Mariehamn and Helsinki with one way fares from 25€ including taxes and charges.