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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 08:00
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Flybe cancellations

More cancellations
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47797738
whatís wrong now?
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 08:07
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Just read that, I hope it is “operational” whatever that is.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 09:29
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Shortage of pilots, according to BBC's resident travel expert Simon Calder.
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Shortage of pilots, according to BBC's resident travel expert Simon Calder.
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sounds like the same planners as cocked up the railways last summer.

If lack of crewing was the issue, this was known weeks ago, so why not withdraw certain flights at that point?

This doesn't inspire confidence with the punters?
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 10:23
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https://ukaviation.news/flybe-to-clo...-exeter-bases/

Sad news if true!
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 10:29
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Flybe statement [color=left=#141414]"Flybe sincerely apologises to all our customers and partners affected by the current flight cancellations. Whilst 95% of Flybe flights are operating as per normal, we do recognize the impact of todayís cancellations. [/color]

[color=left=#141414]"We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of the current situation that has arisen due to a combination of factors including seasonality, pilotsí end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry that Flybe has highlighted over recent months. [/color]

[color=left=#141414]"We have already identified several mitigation actions and will be issuing further updates throughout the day. [/color]
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 10:34
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Originally Posted by FrequentLiar View Post
Shortage of pilots, according to BBC's resident travel expert Simon Calder.
Not helped by suspending a Captain for telling them how it is?
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 12:59
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In the week that FlyBe have started a four times daily service from Newquay to Heathrow this is ominous news. Cornwall has a painfully slow rail service to London, and it really needs this new link. Hope it wont be affected
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In the week that FlyBe have started a four times daily service from Newquay to Heathrow this is ominous news. Cornwall has a painfully slow rail service to London, and it really needs this new link. Hope it wont be affected
It was affected on Sunday evening (first day of ops) when the Q400 went u/s at NQY and pax were offered re-booking or a 6hr bus-ride to LHR.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 14:32
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Direct result of certain people not appreciating the effect the numbers of resignations was going to have on the stupidly optimistic summer schedule. Hardly a surprise; theyíve been told enough times by numerous people but have chosen not to listen.....again.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 15:18
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Good luck with getting any EU261 compensation from out of FlyBE. I had to use legal assistance (<-- click link) to get FlyBE to cough up the compensation money that they owed to me and, as a result of legal fees, I therein received a reduced amount. FlyBE's shoddy business practices along with its interactions with its customers are disgraceful, thus I'm not surprised that they're in the shit.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 16:05
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I worked for FlyBe for a while, and I know many who still do.
They have some great guys and girls working for them, but the company are shitbags.

The company deserves everything it gets, but the workers do not.

It's all quite sad.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 18:20
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95% of FlyBe flights are operating? That includes all codesharing then I suppose, as I have seen hardly any movements from Southampton today and know this isn't the only base severely affected.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 18:38
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Rather than tell the truth they hide behind the idea this mess is all caused by a pilot shortage. Iíd like them to publish the total number of resignations over the last 6 months and reasons given. Speaking to crew yesterday their roster sounds horrific and the pay not much better.

Seems like they need a fundamental change in their approach to their operation.
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Old 3rd Apr 2019, 20:43
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Cant say i agree at all about the pay or the company treatment, Pay for what you are doing is very good (regional turboprop flying) significantly higher than others doing similar flying (Eastern, Logan, Stobart etc) They work you hard that is for sure, but as many who have recently left for "greener grass" will soon find out its no change everyone does!

Flybe isn't perfect, but there are a tonne of worse places out there
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 08:07
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Originally Posted by Old King Coal View Post
Good luck with getting any EU261 compensation from out of FlyBE. I had to use legal assistance (<-- click link) to get FlyBE to cough up the compensation money that they owed to me and, as a result of legal fees, I therein received a reduced amount. FlyBE's shoddy business practices along with its interactions with its customers are disgraceful, thus I'm not surprised that they're in the shit.
You would have done much better to deal with the matter yourself with a court claim (this used to be known as a small claim). The process is simple, reliable, and quick. I have processed all my EU261 claims this way as soon as the airline has shown signs of delaying. 100% success, and I have been awarded the additional sums I have claimed for my time in corresponding with filibustering airline staff.

No need to line the lawyers’ pockets at your own cost.



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What will be interesting to observe, and maybe provide a clue as to the real situation of the whole business, is what is happening with the Exeter-based engineering and its outside contracts; is it contributing financially, or draining financial resources?

The same with training...................

The current top management is unimpressive, to put it mildly, with the all too common detachment from the operation and belief that manipulating numbers equals managing a business.. It'll take more than a spreadsheet to restore Flybe's health. Knowledge, airline experience, leadership and flair are needed, but are not to be found in Flybe's present management.

It's all rather sad, thinking back to the day when Jack Walker, in Jersey, agreed to base his 2 new toys in Exeter as the embryo, fertilised by his mountain of cash from selling Walker Steel, of a new regional airline for the UK.
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 16:05
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With the new owners , whatís the plan ? Iím surprised these big name airlines want to get involved with this.
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 16:55
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Originally Posted by Meester proach View Post
With the new owners , whatís the plan ? Iím surprised these big name airlines want to get involved with this.
Well, if there is a plan, Stobart Air will be mightily relieved. It was due to commence flights in July last year from its new-build Carlisle-Lake District Airport, but then everything was cancelled almost on eve-of-departure because of "a shortage of Air Traffic Controllers". The schedule was put back to September. . . but then cancelled in August, again due to ATC shortage. Now Stobart has bought into Flybe and, guess what? There's another shortage, this time of pilots. Sometimes, it seems, you just can't win. Hopefully Loganair is better organised, seeing as how its flights are due to begin with the 'official' opening of Carlisle airport in three months' time. . .
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 23:17
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It's a case of "Watch This Space".
One thing I do know - if Branson's involved it'll mean swift change, upped game and brand new outlooks. No, I don't work for him now but I've worked with him in the past. This is a controlled descent in to terrain before something else happens and "magically takes to the wing amidst a glitzy shower of publicity and press, blah,blah, blah."
Boring as hell and frustrating for those colleagues and friends who are trying to quietly make a living doing this flying stuff.
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