Flybe Offers Increased Hand Baggage

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, is allowing increased hand baggage sizes for its passengers, with immediate effect.

The airline is now allowing passengers to carry larger hand luggage, with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23cm, providing up to 20 percent more baggage space for travellers, from the previous baggage allowance.

Simon Lilley, the airline director of marketing, said, ‘Flybe has listened to our passengers’ feedback in relation to hand-held luggage so have worked on maximising our carry-on dimensions to the greatest possible allowance that can be accommodated on our aircraft. We know that a lot of our passengers fly day returns or just stay overnight. They enjoy the convenience of hassle-free regional airports and this change will make travelling with hand baggage even easier.

To this end, we are pleased to have also secured a great offer for our passengers with Antler and hope our customers will consider taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase a spacious new carry-on bag that is a perfect fit at a perfect price.’

The airline is partnering with Antler brand luggage to offer a quality approved cabin bag for its passengers, which originally cost around £120, at a discounted price of £50.

Julia Bradley, the head of marketing at Antler, said, ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with Flybe who carry more domestic passengers than any other UK airline. That’s an awful lot of cabin cases to be stowed in overheard lockers and ours are not only light but also packed full of pockets to help passengers arrive at their destination organised and ready for their break. We look forward to working with Flybe and to providing more offers in the coming months to their customers.’

Flybe Partners with KLM to Launch Code Share Service to Amsterdam

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has entered into a code share agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the national airline of the Netherlands.

The code share agreement is currently in force on two routes between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and Southampton Airport in England; and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Inverness Airport, in Scotland.

With the new code share, KLM is offering its customers three daily flights to Southampton from Amsterdam; and a daily flight to Inverness from Amsterdam; the agreement has been effective since May 30, 2012. The new code share will allow KLM passengers to travel to around 150 destinations worldwide from Amsterdam, on flights operated by KLM and its partners.

The KLM flights operating as part of the code on these two routes will be run by Flybe with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and Embraer E-195 aircraft.

KLM currently operates around 65 daily flights from 14 destinations in the UK, including Aberdeen, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham-Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds-Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Flybe said in its statement, ‘This partnership enhances the existing cooperation between the Air France-KLM Group and Flybe. Indeed, Flybe and Air France already operate within the framework of a code-share agreement on a substantial number of routes between France and the UK.’

Flybe is currently operating on 202 routes serving 18 countries, operating from a total of 35 UK and 55 European airports.

Flybe to Supplement Bmibaby Route Cancellations

Following Ryanair’s recent announcement, Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced new flights to supplement bmibaby routes affected by the sudden halt of operations.

Earlier, bmibaby, an airline subsidiary of UK-based British Midland Airways Limited (bmi), reported closing down its operations in phases, with the initial phase commencing from June 2012.

Flybe is offering to bring forward its earlier announced plans to start new routes from East Midlands airport to early summer, to take care of bmibaby passengers stranded by its ceasing of operations.

The new routes from East Midlands to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands; Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in France; Jersey; as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow, in Scotland; will now commence from June 10, 2012.

Andrew Strong, managing director of Flybe UK, said, ‘We have been surprised at Bmibaby’s decision to close some of its routes within just six weeks time. As a result, we are doing everything we can to work with our airport partners in ensuring that those passengers wanting to travel from East Midlands Airport are not left stranded.

We realise that many passengers rely on East Midlands for their regional and European travel. We are therefore pleased that we can offer them continuity of service with increased weekday frequency on our Belfast City service and that our flexible special offer over the next few days will facilitate urgent bookings to take place with due peace of mind.

Flybe has long had a desire to bring to the East Midlands the specialist long term and stable regional air services that we have brought to virtually every major UK regional airport over the last 25 years. We are confident that the measures we have taken today should ensure that passengers experience little or no service disruption on what are crucially important links for the East Midlands economy.’

Flybe Announces New Routes Services from East Midlands Airport

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced several new routes from East Midlands Airport in England.

Until this announcement the airline has only offered flights to Belfast, in Northern Ireland, from East Midlands Airport. The new services will include the destinations of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands; Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in France; Jersey; and Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.

Andrew Strong, managing director of Flybe UK, said, ‘We are pleased to announce this major expansion at East Midlands Airport as a key part of our winter programme that goes on sale today.

We already serve 35 UK airports and are Europe’s biggest regional airline, so it makes sense for us to add these additional five key European and UK services at the start of our 2012-13 Winter schedule.’

The new routes commence from October 28, 2012, as part of the airline’s 2012-2013 Winter Schedule. The airline will be operating two aircraft for the new routes, and they will be based at the East Midlands Airport.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer of Manchester Airports Group, which owns East Midlands Airport, said, ‘We welcome Flybe’s commitment to East Midlands Airport, and this major expansion underlines East Midlands’ position as a leading regional airport in the UK.

The new services will provide increased connectivity for both business and leisure passengers, will open up additional access to long-haul destinations via the major hubs at Paris and Amsterdam and is a reflection of the airline’s commitment to the region and the businesses that operate.’

Flybe Discards Debit Card Charges

Flybe, the UK-based airline company, has scrapped debit card charges and will be offering more transparency on its fare structure.

The airline is offering a new pricing strategy that allows for more transparency for its customers, and is launching a new marketing campaign with a tag line, ‘Making flying better’, to make its customers aware of the changes in its fare structure.

As part of the new prices, the airline will no longer be charging £8 per transaction on all debit card bookings, and is lowering its transaction fees on credit card bookings from £13 to £9 per transaction.

The new pricing structure sees three new ticket types, Essential, new Economy, and Economy Plus.

Essential tickets offer the lowest fares with a 10kg hand luggage allowance, and frequent flyer points, but no debit card payments. The New Economy tickets offer a free hold bag, confirmed seats on booking, infinite changes in schedules, and a booking confirmation through SMS. The Economy Plus tickets include lounge access for passengers, quick security clearance, and double frequent flyer points.

Simon Lilley, the airline director of marketing, said, ‘The research showed that people did not feel they were getting clear, honest and transparent information in the way we sell airfares. This is way we are being more transparent with our new pricing. Customers want to understand how much they are going to pay as soon as possible and not just at the end of the process. Our second objective is to be more open and fair as well as maximising choice to the passenger. We also want to improve the travel experience through the airports. We want to offer a hassle-free, straight-forward and simple service.’

Flybe Performing to Management Expectations

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced that its results have remained on par with company expectations, ahead of the release of its financial results for fiscal 2011, which will be released in June 2012.

In a trading update the company announced that a number of its initiatives have been implemented recently to increase revenue earnings per seat, reduce costs, and match its seating capacities with the current demands. One such initiative was completed on March 8 this year when the company entered into a contract flying agreement with Brussels Airlines, offering two Bombardier Q400 aircraft on lease.

Flybe UK, the company’s main airline arm, is maintaining a leading position in UK regional and domestic markets, according to the company.

Flybe Finland, a company joint venture with Finnair, a Finland-based airline, has been expanded in fiscal 2012 to include new routes into Sweden and Denmark.

The maintenance and repair division of the company has been augmenting its revenue generation by accepting increased responsibilities for third party aircraft maintenance from Europe’s regional airlines. The company has also reported the commissioning of a new flight simulator in the 2012 fiscal year, its second flight simulator to be added to the company’s Training Academy.

In a statement the company said, ‘Although market conditions remain challenging, we have a robust and flexible business model combined with clear and achievable growth plans. We remain confident about Flybe’s long term future.’

The company stock is currently trading up at £0.715, following the recent trade update.