Some information on Flybe.
Flybe (pronounced /ˈflaɪˌbiː/) based in Exeter, England, is the largest independent regional airline in Europe. Flybe carries 8 million passengers a year between 81 airports across the UK and the rest of Europe, with over 210 routes across 15 countries. Their two hubs are Manchester & Birmingham airports but they also have a number of codeshares allowing connections to long haul fights from airports such as London Heathrow, Paris CDG, Dublin Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. They are a member of the European Regions Airline Association. Flybe’s parent company Flybe Group PLC (formerly known as Walker Aviation Limited) is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The airline launched in 1979 as Jersey European Airways following the merger of Intra Airways and Express Air Services. In 1983 the airline was sold to Walker Steel Group, which also owned Spacegrand Aviation, and the two airlines were merged under the Jersey European name in 1985. Jersey European was renamed British European in 2000 (shortened to “BE”), and received its current name in 2002.