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Flybe swoops for flight ops system as re-born airline prepares for take-off

Written by on 08/01/2022


Re-born airline Flybe has selected a North Lincolnshire firm’s flagship product for its flight operations software.

The short-haul carrier, in new ownership following a high profile collapse at the outset of the pandemic, has chosen Bytron Aviation Systems’ Skybook.

It takes the use to nearly 100 airlines globally, providing efficiencies and digital transformation across dispatch and operations on the flight deck.

Read more:Flybe to open new head office at Birmingham Airport

Shane Spencer, chief executive at Kirmington-based Bytron, said: “We are delighted that Flybe chose to onboard as a Skybook customer. It is fantastic to hear that they are already seeing the benefits of our software and embracing a more digital workflow. We look forward to our ongoing relationship and bringing more efficiencies in the future.”

This deal is expected to support the development of the airline as it plans to announce its routes early this year.

A new headquarters and operations centre was unveiled in Birmingham in November, with plans to create 200 jobs.

The previous operation had been based in Exeter, with brand, intellectual property, stock and equipment bought for a nominal fee from administrators by global private equity house Cyrus Capital – a shareholder in the old business.



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It joins Boeing, Flydubai and AirTanker as a Skybook user.

Flybe’s flight operations systems engineer, Edward Pomfrett, said: “Flybe is looking forward to restarting operations with Bytron’s Skybook platform at the heart of our flight deck systems. We have committed to breaking with the expensive, unsustainable paper-based systems of the past and moving to a fully paperless flight deck.

“Having considered the offerings from a variety of vendors, Skybook was our clear favourite, as it met our requirements and also allowed for quick integration with our existing AIMS (Airplane Information Management System) and PPS (flight planning) platforms.

“Throughout the setup, the support from our account managers at Bytron has been excellent. They have helped us to overcome numerous challenges and set up a fully integrated electronic flight folder system in a matter of weeks. This is now delivering immediate cost and resource savings to the business. Over the longer-term, the wealth of data from Skybook will also greatly enhance our business insight and commercial strategy.”

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