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Airline Flybe is set to collapse within hours, putting 2,000 jobs at risk after a bid for fresh financial support failed, the BBC has learned.

The struggling carrier narrowly avoided going bust in January.

Exeter-based Flybe said the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on demand for air travel was partly to blame.

Its final airborne flights are expected to touch down at airports across the UK late on Wednesday evening.

Passengers who had boarded a flight in Glasgow bound for Birmingham on Wednesday evening had to disembark after "a fuel issue" meant the flight was cancelled.

Paul Winter, who runs a vehicle rental business in Glasgow but lives in Oxfordshire and had been due to take that flight, said the airline had improved over the last six months but was still dubbed "Fly Maybe" by regular customers.

Passengers booked on flights for Thursday are awaiting confirmation that they won't be able to fly. That includes Brandon Freeman and his wife Danielle from Dudley who had booked "a trip of a lifetime" to visit family in Germany for the first time. He said they had planned to set off for Manchester Airport at 01:00 GMT but were "instead sat wondering what to do".

'Over-ambitious expansion'

Flybe, which serves many parts of the UK from the Channel Islands to Aberdeen, had been hoping for a £100m lifeline and changes to Air Passenger Duty taxes.

The carrier ran into difficulties last year and was bought by a consortium which includes Virgin Atlantic.

In January, the new owners said they would pump £30m into the business to keep it afloat, but appealed to the government for additional support.

Air transport expert John Strickland said the regional market was extremely challenging for any airline, but that Flybe had made matters worse some years ago through over-ambitious expansion.

"It's not surprising that Flybe has faced significant financial difficulties. The airline has struggled for a number of years, it's really too big for what it's trying to do," he said.

Although the airline is small compared to the likes of British Airways, Ryanair or EasyJet, the loss of the operator for the UK's regions would be "disastrous" he said.

"It's small in the scale of the UK market as a whole, but if you're flying out of Exeter, Newquay or specifically Southampton it really is one of the only airline choices, indeed in Southampton it accounts for about 95% of the activity at that airport, so a number of regional groups will risk not being served."

Coronavirus effect

While its financial problems were already apparent, a company insider told the BBC the impact of the coronavirus on the travel industry had "made a bad situation much worse".

Virgin said this week its chief executive will take a 20% pay cut for four months, and the airline is freezing recruitment and offering employees unpaid leave as the coronavirus saps demand for air travel.

Bookings are 40% lower than a year ago, Virgin added.

Following last December's general election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to "level up" the UK's regions, after the Conservatives won seats in previous Labour strongholds.

In January Mr Johnson appeared ready to intervene to prop up the airline, considered a vital transport link to many parts of the country.

The Labour Party said the demise of Flybe would cause anxiety in many regions of the UK.

Shadow transport secretary Andy Macdonald said the airline had provided "critical connectivity for many locations" and its collapse would be "disastrous news for passengers and employees alike."

"The government has to answer how those vital links will be maintained following Flybe's collapse. Communities will be concerned about what this will mean for their local economies and the Secretary of State has to come up with answers to these questions as a matter of urgency," he said.

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Passengers' rights

Rory Boland, travel editor for consumer group Which? said Flybe's passengers were unlikely to have Atol protection, which would mean they would not be automatically flown home, as they would not have booked their flights as part of a package.

"Many popular travel insurance policies do not have cover for airlines going into administration, so many travellers may find they are not covered," Mr Boland said.

However some customers would be covered by their credit or debit cards. Customers whose flight was with a codeshare partner can claim the cost of their flight through that airline, he added.

 

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04/03/2020

Airline Flybe is set to collapse within hours, putting 2,000 jobs at risk after a bid for fresh financial support failed, the BBC has learned.

The struggling carrier narrowly avoided going bust in January.

Exeter-based Flybe said the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on demand for air travel was partly to blame.

Its final airborne flights are expected to touch down at airports across the UK late on Wednesday evening.

Passengers who had boarded a flight in Glasgow bound for Birmingham on Wednesday evening had to disembark after "a fuel issue" meant the flight was cancelled.

Paul Winter, who runs a vehicle rental business in Glasgow but lives in Oxfordshire and had been due to take that flight, said the airline had improved over the last six months but was still dubbed "Fly Maybe" by regular customers.

Passengers booked on flights for Thursday are awaiting confirmation that they won't be able to fly. That includes Brandon Freeman and his wife Danielle from Dudley who had booked "a trip of a lifetime" to visit family in Germany for the first time. He said they had planned to set off for Manchester Airport at 01:00 GMT but were "instead sat wondering what to do".

'Over-ambitious expansion'

Flybe, which serves many parts of the UK from the Channel Islands to Aberdeen, had been hoping for a £100m lifeline and changes to Air Passenger Duty taxes.

The carrier ran into difficulties last year and was bought by a consortium which includes Virgin Atlantic.

In January, the new owners said they would pump £30m into the business to keep it afloat, but appealed to the government for additional support.

Air transport expert John Strickland said the regional market was extremely challenging for any airline, but that Flybe had made matters worse some years ago through over-ambitious expansion.

"It's not surprising that Flybe has faced significant financial difficulties. The airline has struggled for a number of years, it's really too big for what it's trying to do," he said.

Although the airline is small compared to the likes of British Airways, Ryanair or EasyJet, the loss of the operator for the UK's regions would be "disastrous" he said.

"It's small in the scale of the UK market as a whole, but if you're flying out of Exeter, Newquay or specifically Southampton it really is one of the only airline choices, indeed in Southampton it accounts for about 95% of the activity at that airport, so a number of regional groups will risk not being served."

Coronavirus effect

While its financial problems were already apparent, a company insider told the BBC the impact of the coronavirus on the travel industry had "made a bad situation much worse".

Virgin said this week its chief executive will take a 20% pay cut for four months, and the airline is freezing recruitment and offering employees unpaid leave as the coronavirus saps demand for air travel.

Bookings are 40% lower than a year ago, Virgin added.

Following last December's general election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to "level up" the UK's regions, after the Conservatives won seats in previous Labour strongholds.

In January Mr Johnson appeared ready to intervene to prop up the airline, considered a vital transport link to many parts of the country.

The Labour Party said the demise of Flybe would cause anxiety in many regions of the UK.

Shadow transport secretary Andy Macdonald said the airline had provided "critical connectivity for many locations" and its collapse would be "disastrous news for passengers and employees alike."

"The government has to answer how those vital links will be maintained following Flybe's collapse. Communities will be concerned about what this will mean for their local economies and the Secretary of State has to come up with answers to these questions as a matter of urgency," he said.

Passengers' rights

Rory Boland, travel editor for consumer group Which? said Flybe's passengers were unlikely to have Atol protection, which would mean they would not be automatically flown home, as they would not have booked their flights as part of a package.

"Many popular travel insurance policies do not have cover for airlines going into administration, so many travellers may find they are not covered," Mr Boland said.

However some customers would be covered by their credit or debit cards. Customers whose flight was with a codeshare partner can claim the cost of their flight through that airline, he added.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51746564

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Triste, já haviam parado a operação com E195.

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Triste mesmo. Infelizmente virão outras em breve.

Candidatas ao fechamento não faltam, ainda mais com o "efeito corona" que está neste momento dando uma chacoalhada na economia mundial.

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O COVD-19 só veio coletar a alma das já não saudaveis empresas de lá. Fica a pergunta (dupla): quem vai sobreviver até o pré-verão europeu, e quem vai sobreviver para o pós-verão europeu.

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Aérea britânica pede recuperacao judicial e cessa atividades

05/03/2020  12:33 | Danilo Teixeira Alves

   
A Flybe, companhia aérea regional britânica, cessou todas as atividades com efeito imediado e anunciou liquidação judicial. “Todos os voos estão suspensos e as atividades no Reino Unido cessaram com efeito imediato”, anunciou a aérea. Ainda segundo especialistas do setor, o surto de coronavírus, que derrubou a demanda por voos, complicou ainda mais a sobrevivência da companhia.
 
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“Se você deveria voar com a Flybe não vá para o aeroporto, a menos que tenha um voo alternativo com outra companhia aérea. Infelizmente, a Flybe não pode disponibilizar voos alternativos para os passageiros”, diz a empresa, em comunicado.

A Flybe conta com cerca de dois mil colaboradores e transporta aproximadamente oito milhões de passageiros por ano, sobretudo dentro do Reino Unido, mas também para França, Alemanha, Irlanda, Holanda, Suíça, Itália e Luxemburgo. No ano passado foi comprada pela Connect Airways, grupo formado pela empresa Virgin Atlantic e peos fundos Stobart e Cyrus.

 

Fonte: www.panrotas.com.br

 

 

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Uma pena. Voei com  a FlyBe em 2017, MAN-CDG no E195. Serviço correto e eficiente, e eu gostava bastante da livery deles.

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10 minutes ago, lucaswild said:

Mais uma que fecha :/ Esse ano de 2020 tá tenso pra aviação.

Vai ser muito mais tenso se o coronavírus e o dólar seguirem subindo 

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Num setor que normalmente trabalha com um cash flow suficiente para cobrir os custos operacionais de poucas semanas de operações, o impacto de uma redução abrupta na receita é tremendo.

Várias quebras estão por vir nas próximas semanas, principalmente na Ásia. Na Europa, Norwegian e operadores menores são os mais ameaçados. 

 

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6 hours ago, SA280 said:

Num setor que normalmente trabalha com um cash flow suficiente para cobrir os custos operacionais de poucas semanas de operações, o impacto de uma redução abrupta na receita é tremendo.

Várias quebras estão por vir nas próximas semanas, principalmente na Ásia. Na Europa, Norwegian e operadores menores são os mais ameaçados. 

 

Quais vc acha que vão a falência na Ásia ?

A norwegian eu concordo que é um forte candidato a queda 

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Parece que a Flybe tinha 19 voos diarios pra AMS, aeroporto o qual está praticamente impossível de conseguir slots...

Sei que o momento é péssimo, mas será que a Latam não teria interesse em slots lá?

Obviamente que pra começar a operar apenas daqui a alguns meses...

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1 hour ago, A345_Leadership said:

A Air Asia.

Sabia que não estavam bem, mas achei que estavam tipo a Gol aqui no Brasil...

A queda da air asia seria uma grande sacudida no mercado pós crise do coronavirus

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6 hours ago, A345_Leadership said:

A Air Asia.

Só se for a Air Asia X que só tem A330...

A Air Asia que tem A320/321 vai muito bem

 

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A lista de ameaçadas na Ásia vai 

18 hours ago, FCRO said:

Quais vc acha que vão a falência na Ásia ?

A norwegian eu concordo que é um forte candidato a queda 

Em geral, empresas privadas que não são as maiores de seus mercados (1), tenham um business model bem singular (2), modo de expansão rápido (3) e exposição recente a widebodies e ao long-haul (4). 

 

Entram nessa lista:

Air Asia X (1, 2, 3 e 4)

Bamboo Airways (1, 3 e 4)

Vistara (1, 2 e 3)

Diversas chinesas

 

Flag carriers estatais que já precisavam se reestruturar antes (Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines e Air India) além das duas grandes coreanas vão ter que dar uma bela encolhida, mas não quebram. 

 

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flybe. franchisees continue to operate despite its demise

 

 

05.03.2020 - 16:53 UTC 

 

flybe. franchisees Blue Islands and Eastern Airways have each confirmed they will continue to operate as normal despite the closure of their partner yesterday. In contrast, flights currently operated by Stobart Air for flybe. from London Southend (to Caen and Groningen) and Isle of Man (to Birmingham Int'l, Liverpool, and Manchester Int'l) have been cancelled.

In its statement, Blue Islands said: "Blue Islands services will continue to operate as normal, following the closure of flybe. Blue Islands is saddened by the closure of flybe. Our thoughts are with the staff, passengers, industry colleagues and wider stakeholders of the business affected at this difficult time." As of March 5, Blue Islands has been operating additional flights from Jersey and Guernsey to Birmingham and Exeter to cover the some of the immediate capacity shortfall left by flybe.

In its statement, Eastern Airways said: "Passengers booked to travel today [Thursday, March 5], Friday or Sunday on flights operated by Eastern Airways should turn up and travel as normal following the closure of flybe." It added that: "Announcements will be made here on the Eastern Airways website about flights for next week onwards."

The abrupt collapse of the flybe. seemed to have caused some confusion for its passengers, with conflicting messages being issued, which Eastern sought to clarify. "For any passengers who have received an email from flybe. stating our flights are cancelled, please ignore. Eastern Airways operated flights continue as normal."

On the London Southend website, there was a simple message regarding the termination of Stobart Air-operated flybe. services: "All flybe flights have been cancelled with immediate effect. Please refer to flybe and the CAA website for more help and guidance."

On the Isle of Man government social media account, which operates the airport, its message reads: "If you are due to travel with flybe today, Thursday, March 5 2020, please do not travel to the airport."

flybe. ceased flight operations following its entry into administration on Wednesday, March 4. Its demise follows the UK regional carrier's failure to secure a GBP100 million pound (USD129 million) loan from the UK government needed to remain solvent.

The carrier, which operated fifty-four Dash 8-400s and nine E175s, is owned by Connect Airwayswhose shareholders include Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group, and Cyrus Capital Partners.

 

About Blue Islands

 

 

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On 06/03/2020 at 18:03, chico said:

Só se for a Air Asia X que só tem A330...

A Air Asia que tem A320/321 vai muito bem

É verdade, mas penso que pode contaminar a Air Asia, fora que esta também está sofrendo com os voos regionais para China Continental.

18 hours ago, SA280 said:

A lista de ameaçadas na Ásia vai 

Em geral, empresas privadas que não são as maiores de seus mercados (1), tenham um business model bem singular (2), modo de expansão rápido (3) e exposição recente a widebodies e ao long-haul (4). 

 

Entram nessa lista:

Air Asia X (1, 2, 3 e 4)

Bamboo Airways (1, 3 e 4)

Vistara (1, 2 e 3)

Diversas chinesas

 

Flag carriers estatais que já precisavam se reestruturar antes (Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines e Air India) além das duas grandes coreanas vão ter que dar uma bela encolhida, mas não quebram. 

 

A Vistara tem a SIA e o Tata Group ainda para segurar as pontas, já as restantes não.

As coreanas vão ter que ajustar, principalmente a Korean Air com a briga entre irmãos. E a Kumho teve o timing perfeito de vender a Asiana, já a Easter Jet teve que aceitar um valor menor pela Jeju Air.

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UK's Loganair to assume 16 former flybe. routes

11.03.2020 - 15:03 UTC

 

Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) has reacted to the closure of flybe. (BE, Exeter) by revealing plans to serve 16 routes formerly flown by the now-defunct carrier, a statement said. flybe. ceased operations on March 4 following its entry into administration.

The 16 routes - from existing Loganair base airports at Aberdeen Dyce, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle, GB - will be launched progressively over the next three months. The new Loganair routes (and launch dates) are as follows:

  • From Aberdeen, to Belfast City (March 16), Birmingham Int'l (March 16), Jersey (May 9), Manchester Int'l (March 16), and Southampton (March 23 - via Newcastle);
  • From Inverness to Belfast City (March 23), Birmingham (March 16), and Jersey (May 30);
  • From Edinburgh to Cardiff (March 23) Exeter (March 23), Manchester (March 23), Newquay (June 20), and Southampton (June 15);
  • From Glasgow to Exeter (March 30) and Southampton (March 30);
  • From Newcastle to Exeter (July 6) and Southampton (March 23).

“The collapse of a long-standing airline like flybe. marks a desperately sad day, especially for the airline’s dedicated team of employees and for customers facing disruption to their journeys," said Loganair Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Hinkles. "By stepping in so quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying...I am confident that the plans being announced today are robust and sustainable, enabling former flybe. customers to benefit from Loganair’s high standards of customer service and on-time performance on a range of new routes."

Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside), a former franchise partner of flybe., will take over three previously flybe-operated services, two of which will compete with Loganair's new sectors: Aberdeen-Birmingham, Southampton-Manchester and Southampton-Newcastle.

According to the ch-aviation capacities module, Loganair's biggest three bases in terms of weekly seats are Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The airline currently operates an eclectic mix of 43 aircraft as it is currently in the process of phasing out some types while introducing others. Its fleet consists of one ATR42-500, one ATR42-500(F), two ATR72-600s, one DHC-6-300, two DHC-6-400s, four E135(ER)s, thirteen E145(EP)s, two Saab 2000s, two Saab 340A(F)s, thirteen Saab 340Bs, two Saab 340B(F)s, and two BN-2s.

Two ATR72-600s, owned by Avation, and previously operated by flybe., have now been leased to Loganair, according to a statement from the leasing company. The expiry of the lease terms are in August 2021 and September 2021 respectively.

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Uma companhia que pode falir é a Stobart Air, ela tinha contratos ACMI com a Flybe e a paralisação desta fez que a empresa perdesse uma importante receita.

A paralisação da Stobart Air é preocupante para a AerLingus, pois ela tem acordos de feeder-line de voos regionais em DUB e SNN.

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A AFA do momento é a Norwegian sendo liquidada até o começo da semana que vem... 

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1 hour ago, SA280 said:

A AFA do momento é a Norwegian sendo liquidada até o começo da semana que vem... 

Ela já vinha mal, não aceitou ofertas da BA e LH, acabou ficando mais vulnerável agora com essa crise mundial 

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