·         Customer fulfils ambition to fly on ‘namesake’ aircraft

·         Mr Graham Ecob heads to Edinburgh from Heathrow on aircraft registered G-ECOB



When Aylesbury resident, Mr Graham Ecob, spotted a distinctive Bombardier Q400 aircraft with his own name reflected in its registration, he determined to one day take a flight on it….and his dream came true today (19th April 2018) as Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, made his dream come true with a flight between Heathrow and Edinburgh.


Before Graham took to the skies, he said: “I did a double take when I first spotted the registration on the Flybe aircraft. It made me laugh so I wrote to them with a photo and a copy of my identification.


“I was a travel agent in a family business for 42 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’m delighted that this coincidence has led to such a lovely opportunity – and I’ll be spending my day in Edinburgh catching up with an old friend.”


Roy Kinnear, Flybe Chief Commercial Officer commented: “We’re thrilled that Graham contacted us and we, too, thought this a truly bizarre coincidence – that also makes our aircraft pretty special. I imagine it’s not every day you discover you have a plane that has the same name as yourself!”


Flybe has this month celebrated the first anniversary of operating from London Heathrow and recently topped the latest ‘Quiet and Green’ league table, which ranks airlines according to noise and emissions performance at the busy airport.