All Flybe articles

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    Resurrected Flybe takes delivery of first Dash 8-400


    Relaunched UK regional carrier Flybe has taken delivery of its first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 twin-turboprop at its new Birmingham airport home. The aircraft is the first of 12 of the type to be leased from Nordic Aviation Capital, Flybe said on 26 November. Cirium fleets data shows that ...

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    Flybe picks Birmingham as first UK base and HQ


    Resurrected UK regional carrier Flybe has selected Birmingham airport as its first operating base and headquarters.

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    Flybe appoints ex-Ravn Air chief to spearhead relaunch as crew recruitment push continues


    UK regional carrier Flybe has taken a step nearer to restarting operations, appointing a chief executive who was most recently in charge of an Alaskan airline group that entered bankruptcy protection in 2020.

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    TAP Air Portugal confirms former Flybe chief as new CEO


    Former Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener has been appointed chief executive of TAP Air Portugal.

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    ​Flybe secures Heathrow slots for Scottish services


    Reborn UK regional carrier Flybe has secured 86 summer-season slots at London Heathrow airport that it plans to use for services to Edinburgh and Aberdeen in Scotland.

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    Flybe operating licence again under threat as sale nears completion


    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


    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


    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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    Interest in revived Flybe shows continued faith in regional opportunity


    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


    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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    Unresponsive aileron puzzle emerges after Dash 8-400 cable incident


    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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    Runaway Q400 prematurely unchocked after brake pressure depleted


    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 ...

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


    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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    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 ...