Flybe was founded in 1979 as a merger between Intra Airways and Express Air Services becoming Europe’s largest independent regional airline. Annually, it carries around 8 million passengers in over 81 departure points across the UK and Europe. It flies to 85 destinations and has over 210 routes across 15 countries.
Due to their franchising agreement between Stobart Air, Eastern, and Blue Islands, Flybe has the authority to access small regional airports, allowing them to cover 70% of the UK. Flybe is also a member of the Avios frequent flyer program, whose focus is to cover cities that include Inverness, London-City, and Jersey. Flybe’s main operating hubs are located in Manchester (MAN) and Birmingham (BHX) airports and it has to 11 aviation bases across the UK and one base outside the UK in Germany. In addition, Flybe has access to a number of airports outside the UK through shared codes.
In order to expand its access to diverse destinations all over the world, Flybe has signed codeshare and partnership agreements with the following airlines:
Flybe Airlines offers its passengers a single Economy class cabin with standard seats. The passenger cabin features comfortable and spacious seats.
When booking flight tickets, the passengers have three type of ticket packages to select: (a) Just Fly, (b) Get More and (c) All In.
First, ‘Just Fly’ fare is the basic ticket fare and it qualifies the passenger for a standard cabin baggage allowance, an additional small personal item for carry-on and Avios points.
The second type is the ‘Get More’ fare and it qualifies the passengers for several benefits. These benefits include refundable tickets within 24 hours of booking in return for small fees, change/modification of their tickets, hold luggage, a standard cabin bag in addition to a small bag that can be stowed under the seat, and selection of seats.
Third, the ‘All In’ package qualifies the customers for more privileges such as complimentary checked baggage of 46 kilograms and upgrade for getting extra legroom seats in addition to the ‘Get More’ privileges. The ‘All In’ is Flybe’s premium airfare and it offers the travelers the most facilities. The customers have the privileges of fully changeable Flybe tickets which already include both the change fee and the fare difference, executive lounge access, fast-track security access, complimentary meals and beverages onboard and Avios points. You also get to choose your seat of choice absolutely free of any additional charges on Flybe flights.
Flybe operates air services through a modern fleet of the following aircraft:
The passengers are allowed to carry cabin baggage onboard Flybe flights absolutely cost-free. All the passengers are allowed to carry one standard carry-on bag of 55 x 35 x 20 cm dimensions including the wheels and the handle per each passenger. Furthermore, they are allowed to carry one small personal item like a handbag, a briefcase or laptop bag, providing that the personal item should be smaller than the carry-on bag to fit under the seat in front of the passenger. Please be advised that the weight for both the carry-on and the personal item combined should not exceed a total of 10 kgs.
Further with Flybe, you don’t have to leave your valuable belongings and gifts behind. If the passengers, irrespective of their ticket fare, have excess baggage, Flybe allows it to be checked in return for fees. Online reservation of excess baggage during tickets bookings is available at cheaper rates than at the gate of departure.
Flybe checked baggage depends on the ticket fare paid. The passengers with ‘All In’ tickets are privileged to check-in two pieces each weighs 23 kgs.
The passengers with ‘Get More’ tickets are allowed one piece of checked baggage weighing 23 kgs.
The passengers traveling on ‘All In’ Flybe tickets are offered complimentary meals and beverages. The Flybe onboard menu contains a wide variety of delectable meals such as soups, platters, and light snacks just to names a few. The beverages offered include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Passengers aged 18 or above are allowed to buy 1-liter spirits duty-free on the flight, though not to be consumed onboard.
Flybe has a “buy on board” programme for passengers to purchase meals and beverages. The passengers can order meals and beverages from chef-curated menus containing mouth-watering foods.
Seat reservation onboard Flybe is available at the check-in time. The passengers with ‘All In’ and ‘Get More’ tickets are qualified to select their preferred seat after making a Flybe ticket booking. If they do not reserve seats, they will be assigned a seat. The passengers can also select seats via the self-service check-in kiosks at the airports.
Flybe provides the passengers with three types of check-in facilities to make sure that your travel experience is smooth in every step. The first check-in option is online. This makes the passengers’ travel experience, whether for leisure or business, stress-free from the very start as they do not have to go through the hassle of checking in at the airport. Online check-in can be made 36 hours till 1 hour before the scheduled departure time of the Flybe flights. The passengers can print their boarding passes. At the airport, they can proceed directly to the security gate for clearance. If the passengers have bags to check-in, they’ll have to make a detour towards the bag drop area.
The second check-in option is the self-service desk. This is more efficient and faster than the traditional airport check-in. A noteworthy point is to remember that kiosks are available at selected Flybe airports. The third available option for Flybe flights is the airport check-in desks. They passengers check-in by approaching Flybe counters where Flybe officials are present to assist the passengers through the check-in process.
Flybe was founded as Jersey European Airways following a merger of Intra Airways and Express Air Services. Flybe commenced operations by the name of Jersey European Airways.
Jersey European Airways changed into British European
British European was shortened to Flybe and it was repositioned into a full-service low-fare airline.
Flybe acquired a subsidiary airline, BA Connect. The acquisition increased Flybe’s routes in the UK and across Europe making it the largest regional airline.
Flybe signed a franchise agreement with Longair entitling Longair to fly in Flybe’s colors on 55 routes from Scotland.
Flybe announced to operate domestic and international flights from London City after signing a five year deal with the Docklands Airport. It was expected that Flybe would carry 500,000 passengers a year. In the same year, Flybe also changed its branding color to purple aircraft, new interior features, and new uniforms.
It was announced that Flybe negotiated a 6-year agreement with SAS. Also, Flybe announced to launch new routes to Cardiff.
Flybe launched new routes to Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Jersey, Alicante, Malaga, Faro, and Newquay. Flybe also opened its first air base outside the UK in Dusseldorf Airport and it commenced operations in the next year.
Flybe airlines entered into a partnership with Eastern Airways after the expiration of their agreement with Logan Air.
Flybe went through another livery change, with the purple and white aesthetic remaining and the lilac being replaced by a red and yellow.