As Eastern Airways enters a new franchise partnership that will soon enhance Flybe’s route network, Eastern Airways’ flights from Isle of Man Airport are now bookable at Flybe.
Eastern Airways’ new five year franchise agreement with Flybe commences on 29 October 2017 when all its services will carry BE flight codes.
Passengers making bookings for travel on or after 29 October can now book directly via Flybe. Those booking for travel on 28 October or before will continue to book at Eastern Airways.
Both airlines will benefit, as Flybe’s route network will be strengthened through this franchise arrangement, while Eastern Airways’ distribution channels are broadened and connection opportunities enhanced for its customers.
Eastern Airways provides daily weekday flights from the Isle of Man to Belfast City, Glasgow and Newcastle, connecting with onward services to destinations including Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Southampton.
Earlier this month on 1 September, Eastern Airways/Flybe alliance started as the airline provided four aircraft to operate on six of Flybe’s existing branded routes in Scotland, enabling Flybe to provide a continuation of its services from Sumburgh (Shetland Isles), Kirkwall (Orkney Isles), Stornoway (Western Isles), Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Mathew Herzberg, Eastern Airways’ Head of Commercial, said:
'The franchise partnership will help to broaden the sales distribution of our route network through the Flybe brand and reach a wider audience of customers who are new to the Eastern Airways operated services. The BE flight code gives our customers greater connectivity to Flybe’s routes and global airline associated network with one single, seamless booking, along with online check-in.'
Flybe franchise flights operated by Eastern Airways will depart from Aberdeen, Wick John O’Groats, Stornoway, Glasgow, Newcastle, Durham Tees Valley, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Belfast City, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Cardiff, Norwich, Southampton, Paris Orly and Rodez.
Eastern Airways celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and reintroduced Isle of Man services in March 2017. It has two Embraer 170 and three Embraer 145 jets in its fleet, as well as nine Saab 2000s and is the largest operator in the world of Jetstream 41 aircraft with 17.