Regional airline Flybe has announced a franchise deal with Eastern Airways to operate some of its flights.
The five-year franchise agreement between the two UK-based carriers will begin operating from September 2017 with tickets on sale immediately – Flybe’s current franchise deal with Loganair ends in August.
The deal will see Humberside-based Eastern operate its scheduled network under the Flybe brand while it will also take over existing Flybe-branded routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, which they say will “significantly improve connectivity for Scotland”.
Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener said: “This alliance with Eastern Airways is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Flybe network. We already operate flights at a number of common airports and this will enable passengers to connect to a greater number of destinations, across the UK and into Europe.”
Contracts are due to be finalised in the next few weeks, according to the two airlines.
Richard Lake, CEO of Eastern Airways, said: “This alliance will benefit both airlines as not only does it strengthen Flybe's network, but broadens our distribution and enhances connection opportunities for our customers through its global airline association.
“We have specialised in fixed-wing flying in the oil and gas market for many years and our expertise will provide a greater opportunity to further develop offshore connectivity to Flybe's network.”