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Flybe prepares to announce third franchise partnership

Leading regional airline signs Memorandum of Understanding with Blue Islands

11th January 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today (11th January 2016) announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Channel Island-based Blue Islands for it to become its third franchise partner and operate flights to and from Jersey and Guernsey airports with effect from Spring 2016.

As with Flybe’s existing franchisees, Loganair and Stobart Air, once the Agreement has been finalised, Blue Islands’ flights will be branded and marketed as Flybe and sold via all Flybe distribution channels including online at www.flybe.com

Saad Hammad, Flybe CEO says: “Today’s announcement reflects the long-standing relationship Flybe has with the Channel Islands which can only be deepened by this proposed new partnership. We look forward to welcoming Blue Islands into our expanding franchise family.”

Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ Managing Director said:  “By becoming a franchise partner of Flybe, we will really be able to put Guernsey and Jersey firmly on the radar of potential new visitors and will all benefit from Flybe’s significant marketing bandwidth capabilities.

“Whilst our aircraft will be re-painted in Flybe livery, we will still remain an independent locally owned air operator continuing to fly all our own aircraft under the Blue Islands AOC (Air Operators Certificate). We will continue to employ all our own crew, undertake all our own maintenance and control our own handling arrangements, and set our own prices.”

For further press information please contact the Flybe press office: 
T: 0845 675 0681   E:[email protected]

About Flybe
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 194 routes serving 10 countries from 73 departure points, 37 UK/36 European airports* (all routes on sale Dec ’15 – Sep ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Nov ’14 – Oct ‘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 Oct ’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 72% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Oct ’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 (29 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 4 routes and 4 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)