14 MARCH 2016

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Article from BTNews 14 MARCH 2016

Blue Islands and Flybe

Flybe has confirmed the signing of a contract with the Channel Islands operator Blue Islands for a franchise partnership which will see it take to the skies in Flybe branded aircraft with effect from June 2016.

Rob Veron, managing director, Blue Islands, said: “This exciting agreement marks the next chapter of Blue Islands’ history, in what is our 10th year.  Blue Islands will still remain an independent locally owned air operator, totally committed to the Channel Islands, flying our own ATR aircraft under the Blue Islands AOC (Air Operators Certificate), without the need for any government support.  Additionally we continue to employ our own crew, undertake our own maintenance and manage our own handling arrangements.”

Saad Hammad, CEO of Flybe, said: “We are delighted to welcome Blue Islands into the Flybe family and look forward to our new operations with them starting in the summer.  This third franchise agreement extends our ability to deliver unrivalled regional connectivity and time saving business travel for our customers and we look forward to welcoming everyone on board in June.”

Blue Islands will operate six routes under the new franchise agreement: Southampton to Guernsey and Jersey; Guernsey to Jersey; Bristol to Jersey; London City to Jersey and a winter service from Jersey to Geneva.  www.flybe.com   www.blueislands.com

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