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    Video captures vain attempt to halt runaway Q400 at Aberdeen


    Surveillance video footage has emerged appearing to show ground personnel vainly attempting to physically stop a Bombardier Q400 from rolling across an apron in Aberdeen, before the turboprop struck a parked regional jet. The former Flybe aircraft (G-JECK), apparently not under power and with its forward passenger airstair open, ...

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    Flybe administrators work to sell aircraft support operations


    Administrators of collapsed UK regional carrier Flybe are finalising the sale of its aircraft support operation, Flybe Aviation Services, which has continued to trade. The EY administrators, in a statement of proposals, say they are aiming to complete the transaction “in the coming days” after receiving offers for the ...

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    Flybe administrators fight to retain carrier’s operating licence


    UK regional carrier Flybe’s administrators intend to appeal to the government in a bid to retain the airline’s operating licence, warning that a sale of the business would become improbable if the licence is revoked. Flybe ceased operations on 5 March and voluntarily suspended its operating and maintenance licences. ...

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    BA takes back Flybe’s Heathrow remedy slots


    British Airways has reacquired London Heathrow slots from defunct UK regional carrier Flybe which had originally been divested to satisfy competition regulators. Flybe had been serving several routes from Heathrow before the airline ceased operations in early March. Documentation from UK airport co-ordinator ACL states that slots for ...

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    Airline bail-outs are rarely a good idea


    Is there ever a case for a government bailing out a failed airline – even when its commercial shareholders judge it a bad bet? Plenty of people – including trade unions and politicians representing employees and passengers affected by Flybe’s collapse – believe there is. Particularly when the carrier in question has been providing vital transport links between underserved UK cities.

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    What Flybe’s demise means for the Dash 8


    Flybe’s collapse is a serious blow for De Havilland Canada’s Dash 8-400 programme as the UK regional carrier was the turboprop’s largest operator.

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    Spirited Flybe fails to conjure another great escape


    Possibly the only surprise over the collapse of UK regional operator Flybe is that its demise had taken so long, given that the carrier had experienced uncomfortably close brushes with failure over the previous two decades. Analysis of the airline’s financial statements show it made pre-tax losses in seven ...

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    Coronavirus dealt fatal blow to embattled Flybe: shareholder


    Impact of the coronavirus outbreak sealed the fate of struggling UK regional carrier Flybe, shareholder Virgin Atlantic has claimed. Virgin Atlantic was one of three investors in the Connect Airways consortium which took over Flybe a little more than a year ago and intended to develop the airline as ...

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    Struggling UK carrier Flybe reportedly set to cease operations


    Troubled UK regional carrier Flybe is widely reported to be set to cease operations and file for administration.

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    Airline Business Podcast – airlines grapple with coronavirus impact


    Join executive editor Graham Dunn and managing editor Lewis Harper as they discuss a tough start to the year for airlines

  • Ryanair group chief executive Michael O'Leary

    Ryanair renews attack on Flybe rescue deal


    Ryanair group chief executive Michael O’Leary has ratcheted up his criticism of the UK government’s rescue of Flybe, describing the business model of the regional carrier “doomed to fail” and arguing that the deal contravenes state-aid rules.

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    Flybe rejects rivals’ bailout complaints


    Flybe has dismissed suggestions by rivals Ryanair, EasyJet and IAG that the UK regional carrier is receiving unfair and illegal state subsidies, following the government’s decision to provide a bailout package.

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    Stobart to provide up to £9 million in Flybe funding


    Stobart Group has committed up to £9 million ($12 million) in short-term funding for Flybe as part of the Connect Airways’ consortium’s investment to keep the struggling UK regional carrier flying.

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    British Airways offers promotional prices on Flybe-contested domestic routes


    British Airways has included domestic routes in a ticket sale launched two days after the UK government disclosed a rescue deal for regional carrier Flybe.

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    Pilots demand access to talks over Flybe's future


    UK pilots are alarmed and dismayed over indications that regional operator Flybe is holding urgent discussions over funding. The airline has so far refused to disclose details of the situation, or even confirm any reports, stating that it does not comment on “rumour or speculation”. But UK pilot ...

  • Mark Anderson, Virgin Connect

    Mark Anderson on foundations for Virgin Connect


    The chief executive of Virgin Connect believes right-sizing of the fleet, a clearer focus and connections with Virgin Atlantic can help the carrier emerge from its Flybe foundations and return to profit in 2020.

  • News

    Flybe to be rebranded as 'Virgin Connect'


    Flybe will be renamed "Virgin Connect" next year to bring its brand in line with that of co-owner Virgin Atlantic.

  • A350-1000 Virgin

    ​Flybe and widebody orders key to Virgin Atlantic's Heathrow aims


    Virgin Atlantic faces “key decision points” in the next two to three years regarding the growth of its fleet as it awaits a UK government decision on how slots will be allocated at an expanded Heathrow airport.

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    Flybe rejigs procedures after E175 mis-set flaps incident


    UK regional operator Flybe amended operating procedures for performance calculations after a serious Embraer 175 take-off incident at Dublin involving an incorrect flap setting.

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    Flybe CEO launches Cranfield scholarship with IATA diversity award


    ​Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener, a longtime advocate of gender diversity in the airline industry, will create a new scholarship at Cranfield University after she was honoured in IATA's inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Awards.