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Monday, 14 March 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline,  announces that it has today (10th March, 2016) reached agreement with the independent locally owned Channel Islands’ air operator, Blue Islands, for a ten year franchise partnership to commence in June with its  ATR aircraft operating in Flybe colours.

Blue Islands will operate six routes under the new franchise Agreement. They are as follows: Southampton to Guernsey and Jersey: Guernsey to Jersey: Bristol to Jersey: London City to Jersey and a winter service from Jersey to Geneva. Tickets for flights operated under the new Agreement will start selling in June via www.flybe.com.

The franchise agreement has been structured to accommodate additional aircraft and routes if required.

Flybe has proven experience as a franchisor, most notably with Loganair and Stobart Air who, between them, have 25 aircraft in total operating franchise flights with Flybe branding.

Saad Hammad, Flybe CEO said: “We are delighted to welcome Blue Islands into the Flybe family and look forward to our new operations with them starting in the summer. This new partnership strengthens the proud and long-standing relationship Flybe has with the Channel Islands by providing local residents, and those wishing to visit, a broader range of flights and airport connections.

“This third franchise agreement extends our ability to deliver unrivalled regional connectivity and time saving business travel for our customers and we look forward to welcoming everyone on board in June.”

Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ Managing Director said: “Guernsey and Jersey will enjoy increased exposure to potential new visitors thanks to Flybe’s huge marketing reach and wider distribution channels, bringing a boost to both visitor and business economies. What’s more, passengers will benefit from seamless connections with ‘through tickets’ from the Channel Islands for services to 30 UK and European airports in the Flybe network including Aberdeen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Amsterdam as well as summer destinations such as Faro and Malaga. Through tickets also mean significant APD savings when using connecting services.

“As well as flights in Flybe branded aircraft and Flybe flight numbers, adopting the Flybe brand enables to the lowest possible fare options, complete with ticket customisation. This allows our customers to choose from a basic, to an all-inclusive fare, to better meet individual requirements.”



Issued by the Flybe press office:  T: 0845 675 0681    E: pressoffice@flybe.com

Notes to Editors:

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 206 routes serving 10 countries from 74 departure points, 37 UK/37 European airports* (all routes on sale Feb ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Jan ’15 – Dec‘15); 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, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Dec ’15); operates fleet of 75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 76% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Dec ’15); 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)