Posted on: 12 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
A new Memorandum of Understanding between Flybe and Blue Islands will see the latter becoming Flybe’s third franchise partner.
From spring 2016, Blue Islands will operate flights on behalf of Flybe to and from Jersey and Guernsey airports. As with Flybe’s existing franchisees, Loganair and Stobart Air, once the agreement has been finalised, Blue Islands’ flights will be branded and marketed as Flybe and sold via all Flybe distribution channels.
Saad Hammad, CEO if Flybe, remarked, “Today’s announcement reflects the long-standing relationship Flybe has with the Channel Islands which can only be deepened by this proposed new partnership. We look forward to welcoming Blue Islands into our expanding franchise family.”
“By becoming a franchise partner of Flybe, we will really be able to put Guernsey and Jersey firmly on the radar of potential new visitors and will all benefit from Flybe’s significant marketing bandwidth capabilities,” added Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ managing director. “Whilst our aircraft will be re-painted in Flybe livery, we will still remain an independent locally owned air operator continuing to fly all our own aircraft under the Blue Islands Air Operators Certificate. We will continue to employ all our own crew, undertake all our own maintenance and control our own handling arrangements, and set our own prices.”