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Leading regional airline presents cheque for £96,427 to charity partner

21st October 2015

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has raised £96,427 so far this year on behalf of its charity partner, Cancer Research UK from various fundraising initiatives and the generosity of Flybe employees and passengers.

The money was presented by the airline’s CEO, Saad Hammad during a recent visit to the Barts Cancer Institute in London, one of Cancer Research UK’s research centres.

The money has been raised by Flybe staff and passengers across the airline’s 10 bases through many events including two, month-long on-board collections held during February and June.

Mr Hammad, said: “Our crew and passengers have always embraced with real Purple passion and enthusiasm our fundraising challenges on behalf of Cancer Research UK. It has been our chosen charity partner since 2009 and I am absolutely delighted to hand over our latest contribution towards funding the life-saving work it undertakes. We look forward to raising even more in the coming months and into the New Year.”

Ed Aspel, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK, added: “We are extremely grateful for all the time and effort invested by Flybe staff and passengers. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has played their part in this soaring success story. With the help of Flybe staff and passengers, we’re all working to fund research which will help beat cancer sooner.”
In its latest venture in support of Cancer Research UK, Flybe recently launched a children’s art competition to highlight the charity’s new Kids & Teens campaign, the first prize being a seven day family holiday for four. Every day around ten young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer and this new campaign aims to find cures and kinder treatments for those children and young people. Details are available at


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About Flybe:

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 149 routes serving 9 countries from 62 departure points, 34 UK/28 European airports* (all routes on sale Oct ’15 – Mar ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Sep ’14 – Aug ‘15); named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Aug ’15); operates fleet of 69 aircraft – 49 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 74% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Aug’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

* Flown under the Flybe brand (28 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 4 routes and 4 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)