Flyjet's financial backing came from the Asprou brothers, who left the holiday business when they sold Aspro to Airtours. Part of that deal was that they were not allowed to operate in the holiday/airline industry in the UK for 10 years, and when that 10 years was up, hello Flyjet. There was also a substantial injection of capital from the CEO, Mike Hawkins, and his business partner, whos name escapes me. The Asprou brothers are based in Cyprus, and as such, a large portion of their work is to Cyprus and the Greek Islands.
Their cabin crew are NOT employed by Flyjet....in name. They are employed by a company called Sky Management, whos offices are in Nicosia, Cyprus. Id say the chance of the 2 companies being unconnected are slim. We were never led to believe they were unconnected anyway. One interesting point, their first a/c G-FJEA
was with Inter European Airways, which flew for Aspro! So the old bird came back to her original owners technically!
The lease rates on both EA
were very favourable, hence the lack of commonality between the aircraft's cabin/galley setup. EA
was with AIH as G-LCRC and EB
was with AMM as G-OOOJ. Both interiors were worn and pretty ropey. The ex AMM cabin was the usual red/brown trim with multi coloured seats, and the the ex AIH machine has the previous owners seat covers on the crew seats, and the leasing company had put old Caledonian seat covers on with small thistles woven in. Not a good look. When EA
was with AIH, it was constantly going tech, was very well used. I just hope they get their 767 from a carrier that know how to look after their aircraft.