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                                                                                                                             28th May 2019


Flybe CEO To Step Down


Exeter, Devon, UK: Flybe Limited has today announced that Christine Ourmières-Widener has decided to step down from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Flybe Limited on 15th July 2019 following the successful sale of the business to Connect Airways.


The Board of Directors thanks Christine for her leadership and her many achievements and, in particular, her stewardship of the business during a difficult time leading to the sale of the airline.  


“On behalf of the entire Flybe Board, I want to extend my gratitude to Christine Ourmières-Widener for her commitment and significant contributions to Flybe,” said Jonathan Peachey, Director, Flybe Limited. “This includes her tireless efforts to safeguard the future for the customers and communities who rely on Flybe, as well as the company’s employees, its pension fund members and its creditors. We all wish Christine the very best for the future.” 


“It has been a privilege to lead Flybe over the past two years and to work with such an outstanding and dedicated team of professionals,” said Christine Ourmières-Widener. “Together, we have been able to secure the jobs of our loyal Flybe employees with the sale to Connect Airways and provide our customers and the UK with the vital transport and travel infrastructure they rely on, while preparing Flybe for a bright future under its new ownership.”


The Company expects to be in a position to announce Christine’s successor before her departure to ensure a smooth handover.



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About Flybe

Flybe is Europe's largest regional airline and flies more UK domestic flights than any other airline  – 53% of all UK flights within mainland Britain (excluding London).  Flybe currently operates 187 routes serving 11 countries from 71 departure points in the UK and Europe* and is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Aberdeen, Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports**. Flybe operates a fleet of 76 aircraft – 54 Bombardier Q400, 6 Embraer E195, 11 E175 & 5 ATR 72s and was recognised as the most punctual UK-based airline (8th in Europe) in FlightGlobal’s annual On-Time Performance Awards (Jan’19) and shared top spot in the Which? ‘Best and Worst Airlines 2019’ report in the Short Haul Category (Jan’19)


*Flown under the Flybe brand including all routes on sale Apr 2019 – Oct 2019

**Source: CAA Aug ‘18