The Flybe airline is to disappear from our skies with the carrier set to rebrand as Virgin Connect.
From next year, the purple liveried aircraft will be painted red to match the Virgin group.
It follows the acquisition of Flybe earlier this year by a consortium made up of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital.
Flybe completed the sale of its assets to the group, named Connect Airways, in February.
Excited to announce that in 2020 we will be joining the #VirginFamily as Virgin Connect, your new go-to name in regional flying ❤️
— Flybe ✈ (@flybe) October 15, 2019
Services have continued as normal after the group offered the airline a £20 million bridge loan amid financial difficulties.
The new airline hopes to offer customers an enhanced experience, whilst continuing to connect the regions and passengers.
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.”
Bookings for future Flybe flights will not be affected by the rebranding, the airline said.
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