FLYBE CONFIRMS CHIEFS SUPPORT INTO 2017, AS THEY FLY OFF TO BELFAST
Monday, 24 October 2016
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, recently extended its long-standing sponsorship of the Exeter Chiefs, meaning its distinctive logo will continue to feature on the back of the well-known rugby team’s shirts, as well as on signboards around the pitch this season.
Flybe was especially proud to welcome the Chiefs onboard a special charter flight to Belfast City from Exeter Airport today (21st October 2016,) as the team headed across to Northern Ireland for their upcoming game against Ulster in the European Champions Cup Pool 5.
The direct flight to Belfast City Airport takes just 80 minutes - the same time it takes to play a full game of rugby! By avoiding the alternative option of a long bus and ferry journey, coach Rob Baxter and his men will be well-rested and fully ready to take on the Ulstermen in what could already be a key game for Exeter in this year’s top tier European competition.
Flybe’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Phil Delaney, said: “We are pleased to have extended our sponsorship with the Chiefs and of course delighted to be welcoming them back onto a Flybe aircraft for the first time this season. We hope that by taking the strain out of long distance travel to Northern Ireland, it will contribute towards a positive result on Saturday night and we look forward to bringing them home triumphant.”
Head of Corporate at the Chiefs, John Wood: “Flybe is a key sponsor of the Exeter Chiefs and so it is always pleasing when we can pay back the sponsorship in some way by using their services. And even better when it’s the most local and direct route from Exeter Airport, a win-win.”
This winter Flybe are flying to Belfast up to five times a week, alongside fifteen other routes including, Dublin, Amsterdam, Chambery and Paris. Flights start from £17.99 including taxes and charges and are available to book now at www.flybe.com
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 218 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 40 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale May’16 – Apr‘17); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA May’15 – Apr’16); one of only two UK-based carriers in top 20 global airlines punctuality league table by OAG (Jan ’16) and named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards (Jan ‘16); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Apr ’16); operates fleet of 76 aircraft – 51 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 5 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Air India and Air Berlin; has three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 70% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Apr’16); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.
*Flown under the Flybe brand (30 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)