British regional airline flybe failed for the second time in three years on Saturday (28 January 2023). The airline traces its roots back to 1979 when it launched as Jersey European Airways, based at Jersey. By 2000 it had become the UK's third-largest airline and changed its name to British European. It changed name again, to flybe, in 2002. Struggling from a drop in demand due to the coronavirus outbreak, the airline ceased operations on 4 March 2020.
The airline was resurrected as a much smaller carrier with funding
from U.S. hedge fund Cyrus Capital and began operations on
13 April 2022,
headquartered at Birmingham
but with operations based at
George Best Belfast City Airport.
The revived carrier grew to a fleet of eight
Bombardier (De Havilland Canada) DHC-8-400 aircraft.
Today's Featured Map show's the revived flybe's network
immediately prior to this month's failure.
Today's Featured Map show's the revived flybe's network immediately prior to this month's failure.
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