Category Archives: Loganair

Loganair to end its Flybe relationship, will revert to its own brand in 2017

loganair-2016-livery-loganairlr

Scotland’s Airline Loganair has announced that it will operate flights in its own right from  September 1, 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.

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 lately with Flybe from 2007. The current franchise arrangement with Flybe will conclude on August 31, 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.

The transition will take place on September 1, 2017. Loganair will establish its own reservations system by March 2017 for flights on and after that date via its website at http://www.loganair.co.uk and will continue to take bookings via key travel agents and partner airlines in future.

Image: Loganair. Loganair will also introduce a new livery with the change.

ag-thank-you-for-your-support

 

Advertisements

BBC: Four injured at Stornoway as a Loganair SAAB 340B is flown off the runway on take off

Loganair (Flybe) (Glasgow) flight BE 6821 to Glasgow on January 2 did not operate as planned. According to this BBC report, the Flybe flight, operated with a SAAB 340B (G-LGNL, msn 246) with 25 passengers and three crew members, was caught in a crosswind as it was attempting to take off. The SAAB 340B, after lifting off the runway, veered left and came to rest off the runway. Two passengers were taken to the hospital and two others received minor injuries according to the report but declined medical assistance.

Loganair is a Flybe franchise and operates under the Flybe brand.

Stornoway is a town on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Stornoway is the largest town in the Western Isles and often receives stiff winds from the adjacent Atlantic Ocean.

The airline issued this short statement:

On departure from Stornoway Airport the 8.30 am flight BE 6821 for Glasgow left the runway during take off. The SAAB 340 aircraft was carrying 25 passengers and three crew members.

All passengers and crew were safely evacuated and returned to the airport’s terminal. Two passengers sustained minor injuries and have gone to the local hospital. A full investigation is now underway to ascertain the cause of the incident and the Air Accident Investigation Branch has been notified.

Read the full BBC report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister-ship SAAB 340B G-LGNF (msn 192) taxies at Glasgow with the special “Serving Scotland for 50 Years 1962-2012” logo.

Flybe-Loganair aircraft slide show:

Loganair logo-1

Route Map:

ROUTES 2014 map 11-12-13.fhmx

Loganair to launch Dundee – London Stansted flights on March 30

Loganair (Flybe) (Glasgow) will operate a twice daily weekday service, and once on a Sunday, from Dundee to London (Stansted) starting March 30, replacing the CityJet service to London City which is due to be withdrawn at the end of March.

In the meantime, tenders will soon be issued to secure a Public Service Obligation that will ensure the long term future of air services between Dundee and London.

Flights will operate twice daily on weekdays, with flights leaving Dundee at 7.00 am and 4.25 pm. Return flights depart Stansted Airport at 9.00 am and 6.25 pm, allowing business passengers to complete a full day’s work in London. There will also be a flight to and from London Stansted every Sunday afternoon, leaving Dundee at 4.25 pm and departing Stansted at 6.25 pm.

The new service, operated by a 32-seat Dornier 328 turboprop aircraft, is the result of weeks of negotiation between Dundee Airport operator HIAL, Dundee City Council, Transport Scotland and the airline.

Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Suckling Airways, the Dornier 328-110 will be operated on the new route. G-BWWT (msn 3022) taxies at Manchester.

Loganair: AG Slide Show

Loganair logo-1

Current Route Map:

Loganair 1.2014 Route Map

The unique beach air service at Barra to continue

Loganair (Flybe) (Glasgow) will continue to operate its unique de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter service to the island of Barra in Scotland. The service is unique because the STOL aircraft lands on the beach and the timetable is variable due to the changing tides. In February the Western Isles Council voted to end its subsidy for the Barra to Benbecula leg of the Twin Otter service. The service was due to end on March 31. The move was designed to enhance service to Glasgow.

Read the full account (with a video) from the STV News: CLICK HERE

However the Scottish Government has now confirmed it will “enhance” flights between Barra and Glasgow for the summer season but said they have no further plans to change the number of flights during the rest of the year according to this report by the Stornoway Gazette. The unique “beach service” will continue.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw. Loganair’s de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter G-BVVK (msn 666) makes its unique landing at Barra (BRR). Barra is the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides in western Scotland. Loganair as a Flybe franchise, operates in the brand of Flybe (Exeter).

Loganair-Flybe: AG Slide Show
Flybe-Loganair 50 Years logo
Routes from Glasgow:
Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Video:

Loganair celebrates 50 Years of serving Scotland

Loganair (Flybe) (Glasgow) yesterday celebrated 50 years as an airline. The pictured SAAB 340B G-LGNF (msn 192) operating as a Flybe franchise wears a a special “Serving Scotland for 50 Years 1962-2012” logo by the nose and mid-section for the special occasion.

The company’s fleet of 20 aircraft is now carrying the new logo featuring a Saltire and the Loganair name.

Read the interview of CEO Scott Grier in the Herald Scotland: CLICK HERE

Loganair was established on February 1, 1962 as the air taxi service of the Logan Construction Company Ltd, operating a single Piper Aztec from Edinburgh.

Almost immediately, it was apparent that there was a demand for scheduled services in addition to the primary role as an air taxi, and as such Loganair’s fleet grew. As the network expanded to take in more remote islands and communities, Loganair’s scheduled network began to emerge.

In 1964 Loganair mounted an inter-island scheduled network in Orkney and a similar network in Shetland commenced in 1970, and the strong association with these island communities continues today. Air ambulance services were established in 1967 covering Coll, Colonsay, Oronsay, Mull and Oban, and Loganair is proud to maintain the relationship with the Scottish Ambulance Service, and to continually provide air ambulance cover with dedicated Britten Norman Islander aircraft at Glasgow, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Under the ownership of the Royal Bank of Scotland between 1968 and 1983, the Loganair network, serving the Highlands and Islands, was assuming its now familiar shape. The growth was spurred by the rationalisation program that British Airways commenced in 1975 with the transfer of ‘thin’ routes to Loganair. Grasping the opportunity, Loganair’s scheduled network grew, and Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles were served comprehensively from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and mainland routes were now firmly established. In 1979, Loganair launched an air service between Glasgow and Derry, with Northern Ireland becoming the focus of expansion, as the stage was now set for the next major step forward – a hub of business routes.

Firmly established as Scotland’s Airline, new horizons were sought, and in 1980 Loganair took over the Belfast to Edinburgh route from British Airways. In 1981, Loganair faced the might of the flag carrier and competed on the Glasgow to Belfast route, stealthily managing to win market share by transferring its operations to Belfast City Airport. Manchester then became the focus of attention, as Loganair commenced daily services to Edinburgh, Belfast City and Glasgow.

With business traffic representing an ever-increasing proportion of Loganair’s annual passenger carryings, Loganair acquired larger aircraft, the Shorts 360 and Fokker Friendship. In September 1983, the British Midland Group took a controlling interest in Loganair, and riding a wave of success and optimism the time came for Loganair to enter the jet market. The BAe 146-200 jet, known as the ‘Whisper Jet’, was at the forefront of short-haul aircraft technology providing a high level of passenger comfort and load-carrying capacity, and two jets were brought into the fleet to expand the growing network to include services to the Channel Islands and mainland Europe.

The fleet continued to grow with the acquisition of BAe Jetstream 31, Jetstream 41, and ATP aircraft, and in the late 1980’s Loganair had a comprehensive schedule and charter network. Loganair became the second busiest airline at Manchester, the dominant carrier at Belfast City airport, and a significant player in the development of scheduled services at Southampton. With aircraft utilisation being such a vital factor, Loganair also secured contracts with the Post Office for the night movement of mail and datapost.

However, the promising eighties gave way to the turbulent nineties, and a reorganisation of the British Midland Group activities in 1994 saw the transfer of Loganair’s cross-border services and associated aircraft to Manx Airlines (Europe). 1994 also saw the significant forging of a relationship between Loganair and British Airways in Scotland, as Loganair became British Airways’ second franchise operator, with the residual Scottish internal routes being flown in British Airways livery, but with the same professionalism that typifies the Loganair operation. Whilst still under the ownership of the British Midland Group, a further transfer of the main internal Scottish services took place in 1996.

March 2004 saw a transfer of routes and aircraft from British Airways CitiExpress with Loganair now operating the Glasgow to Benbecula, Stornoway, Shetland and Isle of Man routes, as well as Shetland to Aberdeen.

After a 14 year franchise association with British Airways, Loganair forged a new franchise partnership with Europe’s largest regional carrier, Flybe, in July 2008. Loganair began operating under the Flybe brand on October 28, 2008.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Loganair’s routes from Glasgow:

Click on the map to enlarge.

Loganair will acquire Suckling Airways (ScotAirways)

Loganair (Glasgow) announced yesterday (July 8) it will acquired Suckling Airways, doing business as (dba) ScotAirways.

Here is the statement by Loganair:

“Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has announced that it is to acquire Suckling Airways, the Cambridge-based charter specialist.

Suckling is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Loganair upon completion of the deal at the end of this month, and will continue to trade as a separate airline which holds its own licences and approvals. It operates a fleet of five Dornier 328-100 fast turboprop aircraft on ad-hoc and contract charter flights, servicing an extensive customer base which includes high profile sports teams, political parties, blue-chip corporate clients and other airlines. The aircraft seat 31 or 32 passengers and can fly throughout Europe.

Suckling is also one of a limited number of airlines able to offer ad-hoc charter services to and from specialist airports such as London City. The company has operating and engineering bases at Cambridge, Dundee and London City, employing a total of 60 staff. No job losses are anticipated, although the two organisations will immediately commence working together to identify synergies and cost savings through joint purchasing of items such as fuel, insurance and ground handling.”

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Please click on the photo for the complete story of this airline.