Flybe is set to be renamed “Virgin Connect” in 2020 following its £2.8 million sale. The UK regional operator which runs nine out of 10 flights from Southampton airport has ditched the purple colour scheme in favour of Virgin’s red branding. Connect Airways chief executive Mark Anderson has said the company would be focused on becoming “Europe’s most loved and successful regional airline”. Flybe parent Connect Airways is 40% owned by Cyrus Capital Partners, 30% by Stobart Group and 30% by Virgin Atlantic. The regional operator has 69 aircraft in service including 54 De Havilland Canada Dash 8s. The company said flights would continue

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