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Major Announcement: CEO & Vice CEO

We would like to inform all members that Chris Sutcliffe, CEO of Fly UK and Lee Appleby, Vice CEO of Fly UK, have announced their intentions to step down from their current positions on the staff team as of 1st March 2008, to pursue other interests, mainly their new venture - the AviaOne Group.

Comments from Chris & Lee:

"Four years ago, we had a vision to create a community orientated, enjoyable and realistic virtual airline, with the aspiration to be one of the best in the UK. Through the continued enthusiasm, commitment and determination shared by the staff members we have worked with over the years, we feel that together we have achieved what we originally set out to do and have made what was once just a small vision, into a reality. We believe that the recent overhaul of Fly UK and our new website has brought together all the ideas and features we have strived to implement over the years and that the time is right to step aside, and let someone else, with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm take the reigns and take Fly UK into its next stage, ensuring the continued growth and future development of this organisation."

We are pleased to announce that as of the 1st March 2008, current Marketing Senior Manager Adam Hillier will assume the CEO position, and Carl Richards, previously Senior Manger and Vice CEO will return to the team, working alongside Adam as Vice CEO."

"We have given this decision huge consideration and we are confident both Adam and Carl have the qualities and skills required to lead this virtual airline into the future. Adam and Carl have vast experience of virtual aviation management, and understand the core values of our community and organisation and the keys to its success."

Fly UK is now part of the newly formed AviaOne Group, a new online business group setup by Chris and Lee.

"We can assure all members that our decision to leave Fly UK is not because there are problems or that we do not see a future for Fly UK. We have learnt many things from running this organisation and built up our own skills and knowledge. We are leaving to concentrate on giving our full attention to setting up our new real world business. The AviaOne Group will be made up of Fly UK Virtual Airways, SkyHigh Radio and two new web design and hosting brands which we are working to setup and establish. We believe that Fly UK being part of our new business venture gives the VA a secure future and professional backing."

"Finally, we would like to thank all members for their continued support. We have met so many great people over the last 4 years and it has been both an honour and pleasure to run this unique organisation. We would like to wish Adam and Carl all the best in their new positions and thank all staff members past and present for their hard work and support. The staff team at Fly UK are a great bunch to work with and we have always been amazed by the commitment shown by staff and the amount of their spare time invested to run Fly UK. All the best for the future!

Comments from Adam & Carl:

"On behalf of ourselves and the rest of the staff team, we would like to thank Chris & Lee for all their hard work and we wish them all the best with their new venture. We look forward to taking up the challenge of taking on the running of Fly UK and thank both Chris and Lee for providing us with this unique opportunity. As highlighted by Chris & Lee, it is all business as usual for Fly UK and we have many new and exciting projects planned which we thoroughly look forward to implementing in the future. We also plan to carry out a member survey in the next few weeks to get an idea of your opinions on the new website and also on a number of future developments we have in mind too. This is so we can continue to shape Fly UK around what is most important; you the members!"

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For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Chris Sutcliffe - CEO
Email: chris.sutcliffe[at]flyukva.com

Lee Appleby - Vice CEO
Email: lee.appleby[at]flyukva.com
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