Blue Islands flights will soon be run through Flybe, thanks to a new franchise deal.
From May, Blue Islands will be operating services in Flybe branded aircraft, with Flybe flight numbers with all tickets booked online through Flybe's website.
Blue Islands will continue to employ their own crew, undertake all their own maintenance and handling arrangements, and set their own prices.
The airline has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Flybe to become their third franchise partner alongside Loganair and Stobart Air.
Bosses of the Channel Island based company say the deal will help put the islands on the map and 'ensure that Blue Islands remains locally owned and viable in the future without the need for any Government support'.
“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. “Whilst our aircraft will be repainted in Flybe livery, we will still remain an independent locally owned air operator continuing to fly all our own aircraft under the Blue Islands AOC (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.”
“Airlines all over the world have improved efficiencies and profitability by forming alliances. What this move will do more than anything else, is to ensure that Blue Islands remains locally owned and viable in the future without the need for any Government support. It is the sensible way forward for any smaller airline to move without loss of slots, ownership or security.”
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