Just over two years after the original Flybe collapsed, the reincarnated regional carrier has taken to the skies once more.
This morning an ex-Flybe Dash 8-Q400 (G-JECX) operating flight BE404 departed the airline’s new base of Birmingham (BHX) bound for Belfast George Best City Airport (BHD) with a full load of passengers on board. It marked the start of up to four daily flights between the two cities. Flights between Belfast and Glasgow commence tomorrow.
The official launch of the new airline was celebrated at Birmingham Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Flybe’s Chief Executive Dave Pflieger and Birmingham Airport Chief Executive Nick Barton.
“A Big Day For Everyone”
Mr Pflieger said: “Today is a big day for everyone at Flybe. After a year of incredibly hard work, we are thrilled to have our fast, quiet and fuel/CO2 efficient Dash 8-400 (Q400) aircraft back in the sky connecting customers to two of the UK’s premier regional cities.
“Over the coming weeks and months our flight schedule will further ramp up as we take delivery of additional aircraft and serve other new destinations from Birmingham including Amsterdam, Avignon, Brest, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.”
Flybe plans to operate up to 530 flights per week across 23 routes, with other domestic destinations from Birmingham including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and international destinations including Amsterdam, Avignon, and Brest.
The airline also plans to connect London Heathrow with Amsterdam, Leeds/Bradford and Belfast City. It will also fly between Manchester, Southampton and Newcastle, amongst others.
Over 600 new jobs have been created, with many ex-Flybe staff returning to the airline. There is much riding on the reincarnated carrier.
Indeed, if Flybe 2.0 succeeds, it will make history as the first insolvent British airline to soar from the ashes.
Check out our tribute to the original Flybe here.
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