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    News

    Flybe operating licence again under threat as sale nears completion

    2021-04-13T08:49:00Z

    Administrators of collapsed UK regional carrier Flybe are immersed in renewed scrap over the airline’s operating licence, as the transaction to sell the business nears completion. The administrators had already averted a bid last year by the Civil Aviation Authority to revoke the airline’s licence, after the pandemic resulted ...

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    Ex-Flybe Q400 arrives at Conair base for firefighting modification

    2021-02-24T07:52:00Z

    Canada’s Conair Group has received the first in a batch of former Flybe Bombardier Q400s due for conversion into aerial firefighters. The turboprop – registered G-KKEV, and originally delivered to the UK operator in 2008 – is one of 11 acquired by Conair for the modification, following the collapse ...

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    Irish MRO firm takes over Flybe A400M servicing division

    2021-02-09T16:53:00Z

    Collapsed UK regional operator Flybe’s former aviation maintenance service at Brize Norton has been acquired by Irish-based Atlantic Aviation Group. Flybe Aviation Services had been working on the Royal Air Force’s Airbus Defence Space A400M transports at the facility under a 2014 contract. It stated at ...

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    Analysis

    Interest in revived Flybe shows continued faith in regional opportunity

    2020-10-20T15:30:00Z

    On this face of it, plans to revive a loss-making UK regional operation at a time when all airlines, regardless of model, are struggling to survive would seem unlikely.

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    Prospects for Flybe sale lift as administrators retain licence and slots

    2020-10-17T17:31:00Z

    Collapsed UK regional operator Flybe’s administrators have been holding talks with parties interested in acquiring the business, with prospects potentially raised by success in retaining the company’s operating licence and slots. Flybe ceased operations in early March this year and is being overseen by four joint administrators. These ...

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    News

    Unresponsive aileron puzzle emerges after Dash 8-400 cable incident

    2020-10-17T10:42:00Z

    Investigators are attempting to understand the reason behind unresponsive ailerons on De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprops, an anomaly discovered during a separate probe into an aileron cable break on a Flybe aircraft. The cable break, involving the left-hand aileron, occurred on Flybe’s G-FLBE during a service from Newquay ...

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    News

    Runaway Q400 prematurely unchocked after brake pressure depleted

    2020-10-09T07:46:00Z

    UK investigators have found that a parked Bombardier Q400 had its chocks prematurely removed, and that its parking brake hydraulic pressure had depleted, before it rolled 70m across a taxiway and collided with another aircraft at Aberdeen. No-one was injured but the Air Accidents Investigation Branch points out that ...

  • Flybe E195 incident
    Analysis

    Evacuating passengers re-entered cabin after refusing to jump from E195’s wing

    2020-09-18T11:15:00Z

    Investigators are seeking a reduction in height criteria for assisted emergency exit escape, after passengers evacuating a Flybe Embraer 195 re-entered the jet after refusing to jump from the wing. Several passengers were escorted back into the aircraft and directed to other exits where slides had been deployed. ...

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    News

    Video captures vain attempt to halt runaway Q400 at Aberdeen

    2020-06-20T08:36:00Z

    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

    2020-05-04T08:52:00Z

    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

    2020-05-01T20:33:00Z

    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

    2020-03-10T10:00:00Z

    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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    Opinion

    Airline bail-outs are rarely a good idea

    2020-03-06T10:41:00Z

    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.

  • Flybe-Dash-8-c-Shutterstock
    Analysis

    What Flybe’s demise means for the Dash 8

    2020-03-06T09:18:00Z

    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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    In depth

    Spirited Flybe fails to conjure another great escape

    2020-03-05T15:21:00Z

    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 ...

  • Flybe De Havilland Dash 8/Q400
    News

    Coronavirus dealt fatal blow to embattled Flybe: shareholder

    2020-03-05T07:30:00Z

    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 ...

  • Flybe De Havilland Dash 8/Q400
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    Struggling UK carrier Flybe reportedly set to cease operations

    2020-03-05T00:43:00Z

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

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    Podcast

    Airline Business Podcast – airlines grapple with coronavirus impact

    2020-02-07T12:48:00Z

    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
    News

    Ryanair renews attack on Flybe rescue deal

    2020-01-28T14:55:00Z

    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

    2020-01-17T11:54:00Z

    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.