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Scotland’s Airline Loganair Spreads its Wings

Loganair Saab 340
Mark Harkin

Loganair will take to the air in its own right once again in Autumn 2017 after nearly quarter of a century flying under franchise arrangements with other airlines.

Scotland’s Airline Loganair has today announced that it will operate flights in its own right from 1 September 2017. After 24 years of operating under franchise agreements with other airlines, the Glasgow-based company will once again market its services and fly under its own name, introducing a new, definitively Scottish identity to the skies.

The move will create a national airline for Scotland, headquartered in Scotland.

Loganair Saab 340

(credit: Loganair)

Loganair will provide over 1,000 flights each week across 46 routes, offering unrivalled connectivity for Scotland and with operations stretching as far afield as London, Norwich, Manchester, Dublin, and Bergen in Norway.    It has almost 300 flights each week to and from Glasgow, and is the largest operator at key airports throughout the Highlands & Islands including Inverness, Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway.

The extensive Loganair network also includes the world-famous “times subject to tide” operations to the beach airport at Barra and the world’s shortest scheduled flight, linking the Orkney islands of Westray and Papa Westray with daily flights taking only two minutes.

Scotland’s Airline has operated its services under franchise agreements with British Airways, from 1993 to 2007, and latterly with Flybe from 2007.   The current franchise arrangement with Flybe will conclude on 31 August 2017, although the two parties are continuing to discuss potential opportunities to work together in future.

Loganair’s long-standing and successful codeshare arrangement with British Airways will also continue, enabling customers to make a single booking for a journey from points throughout the Highlands and Islands to London and onwards to British Airways’ worldwide network.

Employing over 600 people, Loganair operates a fleet of 28 aircraft and alongside its scheduled services, undertakes an extensive range of contract services for Royal Mail and oil and gas companies. These will also carry the resurgent Loganair – Scotland’s Airline identity.   After a number of recent successful contract awards, the airline is actively pursuing its ambitions to widen both its contract and scheduled service operations in future.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the 54-year history of Loganair,” says Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Airline Investments Ltd, Loganair’s parent company.

“Although Loganair has flown as a franchise carrier for larger airlines over the last 24 years, there is still a huge level of recognition and affinity for the Loganair name throughout Scotland and beyond. We believe the time is right for Scotland’s Airline to now spread its wings once again, and are delighted to be introducing a bold new corporate identity to accompany this important move.”

“On behalf of the 600-strong team at Loganair, I’m delighted that Scotland’s Airline will be taking to the skies in its own right,” says Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director.

“All of us are very much looking forward to providing the highest standards of safety, punctuality and customer service synonymous with the Loganair name. We hold tremendous responsibility to operate services on lifeline routes and provide connectivity for Scotland – operating more flights in Scotland than every other airline put together – and I am wholly confident that Loganair’s independence will be warmly welcomed by both our customers and our dedicated team of professional employees.”

The transition will take place on 1 September 2017. Loganair will establish its own reservations system by March 2017 for flights on and after that date.

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