Eastern Airways flights have been made available to book via Flybe.com ahead of a new franchise deal becoming operational.
The Humberside airport-based regional airline’s five year franchise agreement with Flybe starts on October 29 when all its services will carry BE flight codes.
Passengers making bookings for travel on or after October 29 can now book directly via Flybe.com and through travel agents via the GDS under the ‘BE’ code.
Those booking for travel on October 28 or before will continue to book at EasternAirways.com
Eastern Airways’ distribution channels will be broadened and connection opportunities enhanced for passengers.
The alliance started on September 1 as Eastern Airways provided four aircraft to operate six of Flybe’s branded routes in Scotland following the ending of a tei-in with Loganair.
This enabled Flybe to continue offering services from Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles, Kirkwall in the Orkney Isles, Stornoway in the Western Isles, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Flybe franchise flights operated by Eastern Airways will depart from Aberdeen, Wick John O’Groats, Stornoway, Glasgow, Newcastle, Durham Tees Valley, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Belfast City, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Cardiff, Norwich, Southampton, Paris Orly and Rodez.
Eastern Airways, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, runs a fleet of two Embraer 170 and three Embraer 145 jets, as well as nine Saab 2000s and 17 Jetstream 41 aircraft.
Head of commercial Mathew Herzberg said: “The franchise partnership will help to broaden the sales distribution of our route network through the Flybe brand and reach a wider audience of customers who are new to the Eastern Airways operated services.
“The BE flight code gives our customers greater connectivity to Flybe’s routes and global airline associated network with one single, seamless booking, along with online check-in.”