Flybe pilots ready for take-off

Exeter Chiefs stars Moray Low, Jonny Hill and Thomas Waldrom helped to launch the new-look pilot uniforms for Flybe at Sandy Park. Picture: Richard Austin

By Mark Stevens

High-flying Exeter Chiefs have helped Flybe showcase it’s 650-strong pilot workforce a brand new look as they prepare to take to the skies.

The new navy uniform for its pilots features a stylishly fitted jacket with distinctive platinum epaulettes and stripes that clearly designate the rank of Captain (four stripes), Senior First Officer (three) and First Officer (two).

Designed with full crew participation, the brief was for it to be a quality, comfortable, user-friendly outfit to better reflect the airline’s forward looking image than the previous somewhat dated look.

Flybe - Europe’s leading regional airline - worked closely with PVM, another Exeter-based business which has been supplying the airline with uniforms for over 10 years, to design and source the new uniform.

The updated look was given it’s first proud airing at the home of the reigning English Premiership champions, who themselves have been back heavily by long-term sponsors Flybe for a number of years.

One of Flybe’s Exeter-based Senior First Officers pitched in and took flight in a line-out taken with three Chiefs’ players, England International Thomas Waldrom, Scotland International Moray Low and second row player Jonny Hill.

Flybe’s Director Flight Operations, Chris Coney-Jones comments: “We are all really pleased with the new look uniform – it not only captures the quality, modern image of Flybe but most importantly, it is also really comfortable, stylish and practical to wear. The feedback from the crew themselves, who were integrally involved with the design process, has been extremely positive.”

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