A former travel agent with a surname that matches the registration of a Flybe Bombardier Q400 has had a chance to take a flight on the aircraft.

Graham Ecob, from Aylesbury, spotted the aircraft with his own name reflected in its registration and was determined to travel on it.

The regional airline made his dream come true with a flight between Heathrow and Edinburgh.

Ecob said: “I did a double take when I first spotted the registration on the Flybe aircraft. It made me laugh so I wrote to them with a photo and a copy of my identification.

“I was a travel agent in a family business for 42 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before.

“I’m delighted that this coincidence has led to such a lovely opportunity – and I’ll be spending my day in Edinburgh catching up with an old friend.”

Flybe chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear added: “We’re thrilled that Graham contacted us and we, too, thought this a truly bizarre coincidence – that also makes our aircraft pretty special.

“I imagine it’s not every day you discover you have a plane that has the same name as yourself.”