Flybe Group has signed heads of terms with Eastern Airways (UK) to establish a new alliance.
Flybe said this comprised:
- a five-year franchise agreement in which Eastern would operate its scheduled route network under the Flybe brand;
- a joint revenue and risk sharing agreement, covering four Eastern aircraft, to fly existing Flybe branded routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
Flybe said the four aircraft would be operated under the Flybe franchise and would improve connectivity for Scotland significantly.
It said the aim was for contracts to be finalised and signed within the next few weeks.
However, tickets would go on sale immediately and flights would start operating under the new arrangements from September.
Chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener said "This alliance with Eastern Airways is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Flybe network.
"We already operate flights at a number of common airports and this will enable passengers to connect to a greater number of destinations, across the UK and into Europe, all booked through Flybe.com.
"Eastern will operate routes from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester to offer an enhanced service to passengers based in Scotland and travelling to Scotland.
"Combined with our flights to Heathrow from Edinburgh and Aberdeen, this demonstrates our strong commitment to serving Scotland."