Flybe, one of Europe's largest regional
airlines, will be renamed Virgin Connect in 2020.
The airline was
sold earlier this year to Connect Airways - a holding company
owned 40% by Cyrus Capital Partners, 30% by Stobart Group, and 30%
by Virgin Atlantic Limited, the holding company of Virgin Atlantic
Airways and Virgin Holidays.
In addition to the name change, the
distinctive purple livery of Flybe's Dash8 turboprops will be
Connect Airways has stated that existing bookings
will not be affected and that customers should continue to use the flybe.com
website to book flights, check-in and manage bookings.
Established in 1979, Flybe handles about 8
million passengers a year between 71 airports across the UK and
Europe. It operates over 189 routes across 12 countries.
Connect Airways CEO, Mark Anderson, said, “We
are hugely excited by this milestone in our airline’s 40-year
history. We will remain true to our heritage and reason for being,
which is offering essential regional connectivity to local
communities. At its heart, Virgin Connect will be passionately
focused on becoming Europe's most loved and successful regional
airline. It will offer travel that is simple and convenient with
the personal touch. Our customers will naturally expect the same
exceptional travel experience as they do with other Virgin-related
brands. Whatever their reason for flying, we want our customers to
feel loved and know we will always put their needs first in every
decision we take.”