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