Kevin Keegan Will Now Be Flying High

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has had an aircraft named after him today, and maybe that’s because he will be flying high over the next few seasons.


Kevin Keegan
– with the aircraft named after him

Flybe is Europe’s largest regional low-cost airline, and the company has today launched ‘The Kevin Keegan’, a specially branded Q400 aircraft named in honor of the Newcastle United manager – what a great idea.

The aircraft was unveiled today by Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Newcastle-born Chief Commercial Officer, and the ceremony was attended by Kevin Keegan himself, along with his family.

Kevin Keegan is back at Newcastle, and now has a monumental job ahead of him, and the signings he makes this summer, will be so important to get Newcastle United back to the top, where we belong.

Keegan said today:

“I’m genuinely touched that Flybe have named one of their aircraft after me.”  “I saw the George Best and Matt Le Tissier plane namings in the paper but I never thought that I’d be having one named after me.”

” Now that I have, I’m delighted and honored to be joining this exclusive group.”  “Newcastle is such an important place to me; the club, the fans and the city have all given me so much”

“So I am thrilled that Flybe are giving something back to them with this unique aircraft that many a Geordie will be able to fly on over the years.’

Flybe’s  Chief Commercial Officer Rutter added:

“Dedicating an aircraft seemed the most appropriate tribute and “The Kevin Keegan” will be in active service on the Newcastle to London Gatwick route as part of the Flybe network throughout the UK and Europe.”

“The Kevin Keegan’ is a Bombardier Q400 aircraft and has the registration ‘KKEV’.”

“The Q400 is one the world’s most environmentally-sensitive passenger aircraft available, offering 30 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over many other short haul aircraft, and is the backbone of Flybe’s fleet.

It’s a great honor for Keegan, and he certainly deserves it.

Kevin has had a wonderful career as both a player and as a manager in football, but even more important than all of that, is that he’s just a great guy, with a heart of pure gold.

That’s what is really important about Kevin Keegan.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Stami

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I HATE BL**DY SPUDS!!! they are so bl**dy arrogant…TW@TS!!!

    back to the story at hand! how many managers have a plane named after them…lol

  • Davies

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Love it.

  • DanToon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    ………….. Given

    Baye.. Faye.. Collocini.. Rat

    .. Aimar.. Inler.. Gutierrez

    ………….. Owen

    ………Guiza.. Martins

    I would be more than happy if this was the team to face Man Poo on the first game of the season! Anyone agree or change it?

  • cam_toon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Whats up with the north london Machems now man?? or just the usual

  • Dannufc

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Not more English players? Dan Toon

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Not bad Dan but I’d have Enrique before Rat and would line up:


  • toonfan1

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7


    hope the words are right lol

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Jul 3, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Dan / Petworth


    Beye Faye Cuellar Rat

    Arda Sidwell Aimar Spiderman

    Owen Mutu

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 3, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes Petworth Mag, it is fun 😛

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jul 3, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    nice 1 Ben haha

    I just love using the “easiest 6 points in a season”

  • DanToon

    Jul 3, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Nah, english players are over rated and expensive, what’s the point no other clubs seem to care why should we be any different?

  • Ross

    Jul 3, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #13

    petworth mag, im posting as ToonRoss over there, think im being pretty heavily modirated though,haha

  • King Kev

    Jul 3, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Long live King Kev.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 3, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Listening to Century Legends on way home and Bernie Slaven said he would never get on a plane named after Keegan as it would only go down!!

    oooooo naughty Bernie

  • Leo

    Jul 4, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #16

    bernie slaven is going down


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