Scotland’s airline Loganair will fly solo again from September 1, after nearly quarter of a century operating under franchise arrangements with other airlines.
This will create a national airline for Scotland, headquartered in Scotland.
The airline will once again fly under its own name with a livery of black, white and red tartan – introducing a new, uniquely Scottish identity to the skies.
Loganair provides over 1,000 flights each week across 46 routes, offering unrivalled connectivity for Scotland, 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, over 100 flights each week to and from Aberdeen, and is the largest operator at airports throughout the Highlands & Islands including Inverness, Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Benbecula.
The Loganair network also includes the world-famous beach landing at Barra and the world’s shortest scheduled flight, linking the Orkney islands of Westray and Papa Westray with flights taking only two minutes.
Scotland’s Airline operated its services under franchise agreements with British Airways, from 1993 to 2007, and latterly with Flybe.
Loganair’s codeshare arrangement with British Airways will 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. Discussions are continuing with Flybe around opportunities to work together in future.
Employing over 600 people, Loganair operates a fleet of 28 aircraft and, alongside its scheduled services, undertakes contract services for Royal Mail and oil and gas companies. Loganair is actively pursuing its ambitions to further widen both its contract and scheduled service operations.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said: “This is a major milestone in our 54-year history. Although Loganair has flown as a franchise carrier for larger airlines over the last 24 years, there is a huge level of recognition of and affinity with 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 mark our break from the past and herald our arrival on September 1.
“We will continue to provide the highest standards of safety, punctuality and customer service synonymous with the Loganair name and we remain mindful of our responsibility in operating services on lifeline routes in the Highlands and Islands, with onward connectivity throughout Scotland and beyond.
“We operate more flights in Scotland than every other airline put together – and I am wholly confident that this new chapter for Loganair will be warmly welcomed by both our customers and our dedicated team of professional employees.”
Loganair now has its own reservations system, taking bookings for flights from September 1 via its website at www.loganair.co.uk. Flights prior to September 1 are bookable via www.flybe.com.