Flybe has announced the launch of its G-KKEV registered aircraft, ‘Kevin Keegan’, a branded Bombardier Q400 named in honour of the Newcastle United manager.The aircraft was unveiled by Kevin Keegan at a special ceremony at Newcastle International Airport also attended by Flybe’s Newcastle-born Chief Commercial Officer, Mike Rutter together with members of Keegan’s family and other guests.
The Magpies’ manager, on his third term at the Tyneside club after a successful playing career in the early 80’s and five years as manager in the 90’s, has been honoured for his outstanding service to Newcastle United, his outstanding contribution to football and his iconic status to the people of Tyneside. The plane naming also reflects Flybe’s ongoing commitment to further developing its services at Newcastle International Airport.
Speaking at the event, Kevin Keegan said: “I’m delighted that Flybe has named one of its aircraft after me. To be in the same company as George Best and Matt Le Tissier is a great feeling!”
“Newcastle has always been a special place for me and, where my career is concerned, the fans and the city have all given me so much so I’m naturally absolutely thrilled that Flybe is also honouring them with this unique aircraft. The North East is a football-mad region and it’s a good feeling to know local people will now be able to fly to London on an aircraft dedicated to Newcastle United!”
The ‘Kevin Keegan’ is a 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft with the unique registration ‘K-KEV’. The Q400 is one the world’s most environmentally-sensitive and fuel-efficient passenger aircraft that offering 30% improvement in fuel efficiency over many other short haul aircraft.