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Flybe begins new alliance with Eastern Airways

Pilot Ruben Ter Brake, Eastern Airways COO Tony Burgess, Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener and cabin attendant Julia Ritchie

Flybe has started its new alliance with Eastern Airways while Loganair has begun life as an independent carrier.

The Flybe-Eastern Airways alliance initially involves Eastern operating six existing Flybe-branded routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester using four of its own aircraft from September 1.

The alliance also includes a five-year franchise agreement that starts on October 29 and will see Eastern operating its scheduled route network under the Flybe brand.

Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener said “Flybe is delighted to start operations with our new franchise partner, Eastern Airways.

“The flights, both under the franchise and risk-sharing agreements, demonstrate our long-term commitment to Scotland and provide much needed choice on some of the lifeline routes so critical to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

“Flybe and Eastern together also offer a wealth of onward connections to the UK and the rest of the world and we look forward to welcoming passengers onboard.”

The new alliance follows the end of Flybe’s long-running franchise deal with Scottish carrier Loganair, which has now relaunched as an independent carrier.

This independence has allowed Loganair to sign an extended codeshare deal with British Airways as well as a distribution deal with Sabre.

To celebrate the change, Loganair launched a 24-hour sale to its 36 destinations on Friday (September 1) with discounts of 10 per cent.

"As we set off on our journey flying solo, we want to say thank you for continuing to fly with Loganair,” said the airline in a message to customers. “We’re excited for the next chapter as we fly under our own brand once again, and we want you to join us.”

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