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Flybe Collapses – A Tribute

by Matt Falcus

Flybe ceased trading last night, 4th March 2020, following a long period of financial instability.

It seems the public’s aversion to booking travel amidst the Corona virus outbreak was the final straw for the airline, with a lack of funds from bookings making continued operation impossible.


Flybe History

G-OBHD Jersey European

Flybe has been with us since 1979 in one form or another.

It began life as Jersey European Airways and was a familiar sight in the Channel Islands and on domestic routes across the UK.

In June 2000 it changed its name to British European in a bid to appeal to a wider audience than just the Channel Islands.

G-JEDA Edinburgh 19-3-2001

Then, in July 2002 this name was shortened to Flybe.

Flybe’s Embraer 175 G-FBJD.

Over the years Flybe has operated many aircraft, from older turboprops in the Jersey European era, to regional jets, Boeing 737s, and modern Bombardier and Embraer types in recent times.

It also had contract and franchise operations with Loganair, Eastern Airways and Stobart Air over its history.

Flybe DHC-6 Twin Otter

Flybe DHC-6 Twin Otter at Barra

A Stobart Air ATR in the colours of Flybe

At the time of its demise, Flybe operated 54 Bombardier DHC-8-400s, and 9 Embraer 175s (having recently retired its Embraer 195 fleet).

It served routes across the UK and Europe, with bases at Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester.



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MERVYN CROWE March 11, 2020 - 7:21 am

Very sorry to see FLYBE wind up, though not unexpected with their financial woes. First flew with them in 2002 when they were JEA on the 146 and since then 17 other occasions on the Q400, E175 and 195, last one just October past.
A big hole left for travellers and another major UK airline bites the dust.
Will miss our speedy Q400 trips MAN/BHD.

Edmund Plummer March 11, 2020 - 2:39 pm

FlyBe goes back even further than 1979 – it can trace its history back to Intra Airways who bought their first Dakota (G-AKNB) in 1969 if my memory serves me right.


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