Entries for Flybe’s competition to name an aircraft in honour of the Åland island archipelago have been pouring in. Since the competition started on the 14th of February it has received well over 1, 000 entries in Swedish, Finnish and even a few in English, many providing a fascinating and intriguing insight into people's love of the region and their knowledge of its history and traditions. The closing date for submitting entries is fast approaching and the competition will close on the 14th of March at midnight. The winning entries will be announced at the end of March.
The overall winning name will feature prominently 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.
The competition is running on Facebook on www.visitaland.com/flybe and, due to public demand, Flybe has also now launched a web-version for non-Facebook members on www.visitaland.com/en/contest_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.
Judging the entries will be 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 committed to the local communities we serve and are extremely proud to be working on this special project with Visit Åland, Åland’s official tourist organisation. People now have just one week left to participate in this special competition and we hope that we will receive many more entries.”Annica Jansson adds: “We are enthusiastic about Flybe operating the 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 will operate up to 11 flights a week between Mariehamn and Helsinki from March 26th at the start of the summer season, with one way fares from 25€ including taxes and charges.