Category Archives: Flybe (2nd)

Flybe expands fleet with new lease agreement with Aerogo Capital

Flybe (2nd) has taken delivery of the first of five additional Dash 8s (Q400s) on lease from Aerogo Capital.

The reorganized airline will continue growing its planned fleet to a total of 32 aircraft “over the next few years”.

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Flybe (2nd)

The new Flybe launches operations

Flybe (2nd) today (April 13) started flying. The first route was between Birmingham and Belfast (City).

The new version of Flybe was established in April 2021.

Flybe Limited is a British commercial airline which will operate throughout the UK and EU.

Top Photo: Alec Wilson. The new 2021 livery for the relaunched carrier.

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The new Flybe announces its first route and schedule

Flybe (2nd) has announced its first flight and route.

The first route will be operated between Birmingham (above) and Belfast City (BHD) (below) on April 13. Both airports will be the focus hubs for the revitalized carrier.

 

Here is full list of routes and starting dates:

Belfast City (BHD) to Birmingham (BHX) From 13th April up to 4x Daily

Belfast City (BHD) to Glasgow (GLA From 14th April up to 4x Daily

Amsterdam (AMS) to Birmingham (BHX) From 28th April Daily

Amsterdam (AMS) to East Midlands (EMA) From 28th April Daily

Belfast City (BHD) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) From 28th April up to 3x Daily

Belfast City (BHD) to London Heathrow (LHR) From 28th April up to 2x Daily

Leeds Bradford (LBA) to London Heathrow (LHR) From 28th April Up to 3x Daily

Amsterdam (AMS) to Belfast City (BHD) From 28th May Daily

Amsterdam (AMS) to London Heathrow (LHR) From 29th May up to 2x Daily

Belfast City (BHD) to Edinburgh (EDI) From 23rd June up to 3x Daily

Belfast City (BHD) to East Midlands (EMA) From 7th July up to 2x Daily

Belfast City (BHD) to Manchester (MAN) From 7th July up to 4x Daily

Avignon Provence (AVN) to Birmingham (BHX) From 9th July Weekly

Brest Bretagne (BES) to Birmingham (BHX) From 9th July Weekly

Avignon Provence (AVN) to Southampton (SOU) From 23rd July Weekly

Southampton (SOU) to Toulon Hyères (TLN) From 24th July Weekly

Belfast City (BHD) to Southampton (SOU) From 28th July up to 2x Daily

Birmingham (BHX) to Edinburgh (EDI) From 28th July up to 4x Daily

Birmingham (BHX) to Glasgow (GLA) From 28th July up to 3x Daily

Aberdeen (ABZ) to Birmingham (BHX) From 18th August Daily

Aberdeen (ABZ) to Belfast City (BHD) From 25th August up to 4x Weekly

Belfast City (BHD) to Inverness (INV) From 25th August up to 4x Weekly

Belfast City (BHD) to Newcastle (NCL) From 25th August Daily

George Best Belfast City Airport issued this statement:

Flybe Ltd, one of the UK’s newest airlines, has confirmed 12 new routes from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The airline will operate services from Belfast City to Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Manchester, Southampton, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Newcastle.

Flights will commence from Belfast City on 13th April, with fares starting from as low as £29.99 one way, and to celebrate the first day of sales, Flybe will be offering a further £10 off all fares for purchases made on 22nd March only.

The new Flybe selects Belfast as its second base

Flybe (2nd), after naming Birmingham as its first base in November, has selected Belfast City Airport to be its second base.

Next week the resurrected carrier will announce its first routes.

George Best Belfast City Airport issued this statement:

Flybe Ltd is set to go on sale next week with a full list of routes, destinations, and everyday low fares due to be announced for its first two bases of operation at Birmingham and Belfast City Airport.

Having announced Birmingham as the home of its new headquarters and first crew base in November, Flybe is pleased to announce it will also be adding Belfast City Airport to its network—as its second main base of operations with plans to rapidly grow, create more jobs, and add more flights as the summer progresses.

Flybe CEO, Dave Pflieger, said: “Next week is going to be an exciting time for customers and communities that have been waiting to hear from us about low fares, new routes, and new destinations—all of which are being timed to coincide with the restart of the economy and a return to normality after two difficult years for all.

“As you’ve heard, our team has been working hard for over a year and a half to bring customers a new airline that people will love, and we are particularly excited to be flying to Belfast City Airport and serving Northern Ireland.

“Once we start flying from Birmingham, Belfast, and many other cities in the UK and EU, we are confident that a new and improved Flybe will provide customers with great value, more choices, and the opportunity to quickly and more conveniently visit loved ones, go on holiday, and more easily visit customers or attend important meetings.

“Given that goal, Flybe hopes to do its part to help communities across the country bounce back from the dramatic impact of the global pandemic.”

NAC delivers the first of 12 DHC-8-400 to the new Flybe Limited on lease

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has announced it has delivered one DHC-8-400, MSN 4155, to Flybe Ltd on lease. MSN 4155 will be the first of twelve NAC aircraft to join Flybe’s fleet.

This announcement comes on the heels of the announcement last week that Birmingham Airport will be the location of Flybe Ltd’s new company headquarters and first new crew base.

Established in April 2021, Flybe Ltd is one of Britain’s newest airlines, and it intends to operate throughout the UK and EU with operations scheduled to begin from early 2022. Flybe’s launch is expected to play a crucial role in creating valuable jobs and connecting the communities across the UK and Europe.

The new Flybe to relaunch in 2022, based in Birmingham

Flybe shut down all operations on March 5, 2020 leaving passengers stranded.

The defunct company was acquired by Thyme Opco.

The reborn carrier now intends to restart operations in 2022, this time based in Birmingham.

Birmingham Airport issued this statement:

One of Britain’s newest commercial airlines in several decades, Flybe Ltd, has announced that Birmingham Airport will be its new company headquarters and first new crew base.

Amongst one of the first UK airlines to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) since Brexit, Flybe will serve key regions across the UK and EU with operations scheduled to begin in early 2022. Birmingham Airport’s Diamond House will be the location of the company’s new HQ and Operations Centre, in a move that is expected to create approximately 200 direct* new jobs in the Birmingham and West Midlands region over the next three years, with an estimated additional 400 direct jobs to be created nationwide during that same time frame.

Flybe CEO Dave Pflieger said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Birmingham Airport (BHX), the City of Birmingham, and the Mayor of West Midlands to make BHX the location of our new headquarters and first crew base. It was an ideal choice for us due to its great people and highly skilled workforce, its central UK location, and the fact that Birmingham Airport is a global travel hub where local and connecting customers have access to over 150 worldwide destinations. Today’s announcement marks the culmination of over 12 months of dedicated hard work by all involved, and it would not have been possible without the support of the CAA and the UK Government.”

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, said: “It really is such brilliant news that Flybe is coming back as a commercial airline, and even better that it has chosen Birmingham to house its new headquarters.

“Not only does this mean better domestic and international connectivity for our region as well as local jobs and opportunities being created here, but it’s yet another show of faith in the West Midlands with businesses choosing to commit to our region as we recover from the pandemic.

“Flybe’s choice highlights the strength of the aerospace sector in the West Midlands and the talent pool available, and I wish Dave and his team all the very best ahead of their official launch early next year.”

Nick Barton, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, added: “Flybe’s announcement that Birmingham has been chosen to become the headquarters for its launch next spring is fantastic news for our region’s connectivity needs, and it will bring with it some great new employment opportunities. Dave’s vast experience in managing start-up airlines and turnaround situations, coupled with the recovery of the Midlands’ economy post-Covid, means that Flybe’s return to the skies from Birmingham is a shot in the arm for our airport as well as West Midlands businesses and communities. We look forward to working with Dave and his team in preparation for next spring and to launch such a well-known brand here in Birmingham.”

The launch of Flybe is expected to not only enhance essential regional connectivity in the UK and create many valuable airline industry jobs, but also help restart many local economies as they rebound from the pandemic. This, in turn, should contribute to additional growth in the Midlands and assist with new and ongoing efforts to level-up the country.

Pflieger added that “I also want to emphasize that a key area of focus from day one for Flybe will be environmental sustainability and ensuring we do everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint and GHGs. Our entire fleet will be comprised of the De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400, which is a fast turboprop powered aircraft that can complete short journeys almost as quickly as a regional jet, but with lower CO2 emissions. In addition, we will also be partnering with local community charities and partners who are focused on the environment as well as other causes which align with our corporate goals and values.

“As for what’s next, please stay tuned. We plan to provide more information in the coming weeks and months about ticket prices, new routes and destinations, and other important news that will help customers visit loved ones, get away for a weekend, and get out on business trips. This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and we look forward to sharing more updates in the future.” 

Today’s news follows the April 2021 sale of the business and assets of Flybe Ltd (in Administration, now renamed FBE Realisations Ltd) to Thyme Opco Limited (now renamed Flybe Limited).

*Based on industry data, it is estimated that an additional two indirect and induced jobs are created for every direct airline job.

Previously on April 14, 2021 Flybe issued this statement:

The Joint Administrators of the company previously known as Flybe Limited, now FBE Realisations 2021 Limited (in Administration), Simon Edel, Alan Hudson, Joanne Robinson and Lucy Winterborne of EY’s Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy team, have on 13 April 2021 completed the sale of Flybe’s business and assets to a new company affiliated with investment adviser Cyrus Capital. The new company previously known as Thyme Opco Limited, will now be renamed “Flybe Limited”.

This announcement marks the successful completion of the asset purchase agreement, which was signed on 19 October 2020, and includes the transfer of Flybe jobs, as well as assets and other parts of the business to the buyer.

Simon Edel, Joint Administrator and EY-Parthenon Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy (TRS) Partner said: “Completion of the sale of Flybe is positive news for local communities previously served by Flybe. The launch of a new Flybe will enhance regional connectivity across the UK and create new job opportunities within the airline industry. Flybe stands to make an important contribution to local economies as they rebuild after the pandemic and as restrictions ease to allow an increase in air travel.”

A Flybe Limited spokesperson added: “We are extremely excited to announce the conclusion of almost six months of dedicated hard work by the great team at Flybe, the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the European Commission, and the many others who made this announcement possible. Today’s news represents a critical first step in our mission to accomplish the first-ever rescue of an insolvent British airline.

“Subject to further success with vaccinations and relaxation of travel restrictions, we plan to launch a new and much improved Flybe sometime this Summer on many of our former routes where there remains a critical need for a strong, reliable, and customer-focused airline. While our company will initially be smaller than before, we intend to grow, create valuable jobs, and make significant contributions to essential regional connectivity in the UK and EU.”

The Joint Administrators were appointed on 5 March 2020 following the significant disruption to the airline industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the Administration, Flybe was a UKbased independent regional airline in the UK carrying around eight million passengers a year between 81 airports across the UK and the rest of Europe.

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