Posted on: 10 June 2016 by Mark Howells
Flybe’s third franchise partner, Blue Islands, has taken to the skies with the former’s distinctive purple operating colours.
Under the Flybe franchise, Blue Islands is operating 1,100 flights per month on its Guernsey–Jersey, Guernsey–Southampton, Jersey–Bristol, Jersey–London City and new Jersey–Southampton services.
“All bookings for Blue Islands-operated services can now be made through flybe.com,” commented Rob Veron, managing director of Blue Islands. “All our flights now operate using Flybe flight numbers and we have commenced our aircraft repainting programme which will see four of our five ATR aircraft sporting the distinctive Flybe livery.”
Vincent Hodder, Flybe's chief revenue officer, stated, “The start of Blue Islands’ Flybe franchise operation marks a significant milestone for both airlines, creating an exciting synergy between two of the Channel Islands’ best known airlines. Through the services they offer, we look forward to bringing the world to the Islands’ doorstep, providing customers with increased efficiencies and access to a greater choice of UK and European connections.”
“The first day of our franchise operation went extremely smoothly as planned, despite the regular challenge of Channel Island fog,” added Veron. “By becoming Flybe's third franchise partner, travel to and from Guernsey and Jersey will become even more convenient thanks to the quick and easy through-connectivity offered through Flybe's extensive UK and European network, benefitting Channel Islanders and visitors alike.”