Flybe was founded in 1979 and flies to a number of popular destinations across Europe. It came into existence after Intra Airways merged with Express Air Services. The company specialises in British domestic flights, although it does operate international flights as well. Flybe's Exeter headquarters are backed up by its main centres of operation in Manchester and Birmingham as well as its smaller hubs in Glasgow, Southampton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Doncaster, Cardiff, Inverness, Jersey, Hanover, London, Belfast and Aberdeen.
Top destinations include flights to Birmingham, Newquay and Exeter. Flybe's Belfast route is also popular. The airline owns 76 airplanes, a mixture of Embraer, ATR and Bombardier models. The most numerous aircraft in the fleet is the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. Although it has not joined any airline association, the company does have codeshares in operation with the following airlines: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Finnair, Emirates, Etihad, Aer Lingus, Air India, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air France.
Online check-in opens 36 hours before the scheduled takeoff of Flybe flights. It closes again 2 hours before takeoff. Using their booking number, passengers can check in via a web or mobile browser to print off their boarding card. Passengers with Get More and All In tickets can select their seats. Passengers with Just Fly tickets will have to pay extra if they want to choose a seat. If they decide not to, a seat will automatically be chosen for them during check-in. If passengers prefer not to check in online, they can do so at the airport instead, where check-in desks and self-service kiosks will be available for this purpose.
1 bag of no larger than 55 x 35 x 20 cm (including handles, wheels and any other protrusions) and 1 personal item is allowed as hand luggage for each person on a Flybe flight. Combined, the 2 items should not weigh more than 10 kg. The personal item must be small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of the passenger. Common examples of acceptable personal items are laptop bags, camera cases or handbags. Any luggage that exceeds these limitations, either in size or in weight, will be checked into the hold, which the passenger will then have to pay for.
Passengers on Flybe flights will have their baggage allowance determined by their ticket type. There is no checked baggage allowance included with the Just Fly fare, but many passengers find this suitable for the short-haul nature of many destinations. The airline's other fare types, Get More and All In, include a checked baggage allowance of 1 bag of no more than 20 kg in weight for Get More tickets and 2 bags of no more than 40 kg in combined weight for All In tickets.
Unless they have already checked in, passengers can add to their checked luggage allowance. They can do this online or by calling Flybe's customer service team. Checked baggage can be added online up to 2 hours before and by phone up to 4 hours before takeoff. There is no charge for certain special items, such as strollers, wedding attire or mobility aids. Sports equipment will be carried for an extra fee, which varies depending on the exact nature of the equipment. Any passenger exceeding their luggage allowance in any way will be charged.
Free bottle of water on board would be nice
Awful. Flight take-off was delayed so I missed my business meeting. Notification of delay was sent too late to make other arrangements. Won't book again.
Was a lovely flight, I had more leg room than good was expecting (i'm a large man and this is often an issue) the staff were lovely cannot complain really
wasn't much room as we got though checkin to security and too quite long
The only downside was the delay at Gatwick and at Newquay airport which was out of the control of the aircrew.
Very pleased with it all
Plane left on time, cabin crew was very friendly.
Easy website to use. Very good service keeps me upto date what was happening.
The Xmas period is obviously a hectic time to travel and the security baggage checks caused delay and stress which has little to do with the Flybe service. My return flight was delayed causing me to miss my connection, but Flybe staff rectified this and I was on an alternative flight within 45 mins. My overall experience was very good and would use Flybe again. Arrive early for departure and print out your boarding passes as we can control this part of the experience.
Had to book and pay for another flight on christmas eve as partner smelled of alcohol he had 2 pints all day cost us 300 pound Small planes feet on luggage and
Any chance of service point nearer back of plane? Very full plane, accepted, but 10 mins to landing already given out.and plane already quite late departing Gatwicjk.
I had delays both going out of Liverpool, arriving in Douglas and similarly on the return. It was a mess basically.
Very disappointed that the flight was delayed for so long and having to sit around the airport and buy drinks and food that are grossly overpriced.
One of the best business class flights I have experienced. Outstanding food, comfortable cabin and polite attentive staff.