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Leading regional airline adds favourite Northern Ireland snack to latest ‘Tastes of the Regions’ on-board menu

13th Janauary 2017

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has kicked off 2017 with a refreshed on-board menu which champions Northern Ireland’s famous brand of crisps, Tayto.

The airline’s ‘Tastes of the Regions’ menu highlights regional products from a different corner of its extensive network every quarter. Through March those from Ireland and Northern Ireland are in the spotlight, and also feature Guinness and Butler’s Irish Whiskey Chocolate Bar.

Why Tayto? We’ll, one in every five packets of crisps eaten in Northern Ireland alone is the company’s iconic cheese and onion flavour - and now Flybe passengers on its 450-plus flights a day can enjoy them - at 25,000 feet!

Amy Valcik, Flybe’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, comments: “Our first ‘Tastes of the Regions’ menu of 2017 brings on board a real Northern Irish classic. We know our Northern Ireland passengers will welcome the opportunity to indulge in their favourite crisps, and we fully expect that those who might not be as familiar with the Tayto brand will enjoy the opportunity to become hooked as well!”

“Our extensive UK and European route network gives us the perfect opportunity to introduce our passengers to the varied tastes and local specialties of the many regions we serve, and demonstrates our commitment to showcasing and promoting their favourite food and drink.”

Elly Hunter, Marketing Director of Tayto, adds: “We are delighted that Flybe has selected Tayto, Northern Ireland’s number one brand of crisps and snacks, to include on its on-board ‘Tastes of the Regions’ menu. Tayto is an iconic local brand and this is another chance for us to fly high!

“We make more than one million packets of crisps and snacks each day at Tayto Castle in Tandragee and Mr Tayto was delighted to deliver some of our most popular flavour, Cheese and Onion, to Flybe in person today.”

Caption- Mr Tayto is welcomed on-board by Flybe cabin crew

Issued by the Flybe press office: Jane Wells, JComms – Tel: 028 9076 0066 / 07860 288860. E: [email protected]

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About Flybe
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline - 215 routes serving 10 countries from 77 departure points, 37 UK/40 European airports* (all routes on sale Nov’16 – Apr‘17); Operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA May’15 – Apr’16); Rated best UK airline for punctuality and sixth in the world in the global airlines punctuality league table by OAG (Jan ’17); named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards (Jan ‘16); The largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Apr ’16); Operates fleet of 76 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 5 ATR 72s; Codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Air Berlin and Singapore Airlines; 70% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Apr’16); Has its 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