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NAC delivers a ATR 72-500F to Loganair

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has confirmed that it has delivered one ATR 72-500, msn 570, to Loganair on lease. 

Prior to delivery, the aircraft has been converted to freighter configuration by NAC, providing Loganair with a 75m3 cubic capacity / 7.5t payload aircraft to operate on behalf of one of its major customers. This represents the first ATR aircraft to join Loganair’s fleet.

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The story of Loganair’s “Spirit of Sandy”:

By Jonathan Hinkles.

It was a flat calm day in Kirkwall – one of the most magical places in the world on such days – and so I could clearly hear the chatter between the two customers behind me as we all walked towards one of Loganair’s Saab 340s bound for Glasgow.

“Aye, they’ve not spelled that right.”

“No – you’d think they’d know better after all these years they’ve flown tae Orkney.”

I looked around uneasily to see what might have prompted this terribly un-Orcadian expression of opprobrium.  Had we committed some cardinal sin in the painting of our aircraft like missing the “f” out of Cathay Pacific?   Thankfully not.  I saw where my fellow passengers were pointing, and suddenly twigged.

Our Saab 340 aircraft are all named after the destinations to which we fly – so you could be boarding the Spirit of Lewis or the Spirit of Islay for your flight.

The one exception – that we were just about to board – is the Spirit of Sandy. Our Orcadian customers clearly thought we’d missed the “a” from the island of Sanday.  [We’ve flown there since 1967, albeit not with our Saab 340 aircraft which I think would be a shock to the islanders and our wonderful pilots alike if we tried.]

Although any of the Loganair team could have set our customers straight, it struck me that we’d never really told the story of the Spirit of Sandy – and so today of all days, I think it’s probably high time that we do.

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On 21 October 2014, we lost one of our most fantastic colleagues, Captain Sandy Torrance. Barely a month earlier, Sandy had gone home early from work – which he loved and where he was equally loved by all his colleagues – complaining of a headache.

It sadly turned out to be an inoperable brain tumour, which took Sandy’s life just five weeks after that shocking diagnosis.

Sandy is fondly remembered by all who flew with him, and had that rare ability to enliven everyone around him.  You simply knew that a working day with Sandy would be a good day, no matter what happened or whatever challenges you would face.

As we were establishing Loganair’s awards programme three years ago, we were struggling to define that distinctive, cheerful and inclusive member of the team whom we wanted to be able to recognise.  Uniquely, for such a potentially divisive topic, we got there very quickly.  The Spirit of Sandy summed it up perfectly.  What better way to name our award – and one of our aircraft too?

It’s thus been our great privilege at each of the three Loganair team awards ceremonies held so far to welcome Theresa, Sandy’s wife, to personally present the Spirit of Sandy award to the recipients – Captain Eddie Watt in 2017, cabin crew member Colin Hough in 2018 and Captain Simon Carroll in 2019.   It’s a high point of the evening for all of us, and I hope and trust it will continue long into the future.

I didn’t have chance to explain all this in Kirkwall to our two customers chatting away behind me without needlessly delaying our departure – something of which Sandy would never have approved.    Yet five years on, I’m delighted that we can keep his legacy alive with our annual award and keep the Spirit of Sandy plying our routes around Scotland (and a bit further beyond, too).  It’s the least we can do, and is a fitting tribute to a much-missed friend and colleague.

Thanks for reading.

Jonathan

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Loganair is expanding, announces six new routes

"Clann Dail Gheal"

Loganair continues to expand its network after unveiling six routes to commence in 2020  -  including new destinations and additional connections linking airports across its extensive route map.

The airline has announced:

  • Glasgow to Cardiff – the first time it has connected the two cities
  • Aberdeen to Haugesund  – its first route from the Northern Norwegian airport and third from Norway
  • Aberdeen to East Midlands – growing its presence at both airports after being welcomed as East Midland’s newest operator last week
  • Aberdeen to Brussels – an optimised schedule via Newcastle to significantly reduce journey times compared to current travel options
  • Newcastle to Bergen – the airline’s fourth service from the North East airport and third from Bergen
  • Newcastle to Guernsey – a summer seasonal service to the popular Channel Island destination

The developments are the latest phase of the Scottish airline’s ‘Where next?’ program, expanding its route map both within the UK and across northern and mainland Europe – introducing 19  routes since the beginning of 2019 – now ranking as the UK’s 5th largest airline by number of flights operated.

Loganair now operates to a total of 36 destinations in seven countries, which includes more domestic options than any other carrier.  However, its extended network spans the globe through a broad-reaching selection of codeshare and interline arrangements with some the industry’s biggest airlines – recently adding Norwegian regional carrier, Wideroe alongside Emirates, Qatar, British Airways, KLM, Air France and Turkish Airlines.

All of the services will be operated by Embraer 145 or 135 jets, part of Loganair’s overall fleet of 45 aircraft, and will be year-round, with the exception of the seasonal summer link between Newcastle and Guernsey.

The new services from Aberdeen to Haugesund and East Midlands, as well as Newcastle to Bergen will each link regions with notable energy, oil and gas or maritime sectors – combined with the Norwegian cities strong leisure offering.

Glasgow to Cardiff is a popular business service connecting Scotland and Wales, which should also be frequented by leisure customers on long weekends or extended breaks, while Newcastle’s link with Guernsey is a Saturday service for weeklong summer holidays in the beautiful channel island.

Loganair will provide daily services to Cardiff with the remaining year-round schedules operating six days per week, excluding Saturdays.

With a long history serving the oil and gas sector, Loganair offers customers holding Vantage Cards or valid offshore ID’s extra flexibility from the airline to help with changes in shifts patterns or weather that impacts upon connecting helicopter flights.

Lead in fares and start dates for each route are detailed below:

  • Glasgow to Cardiff operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will commence on February 27 with lead in fares starting at £44.99
  • Aberdeen to Haugesund operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will commence on February 24 with lead in fares starting at £89.99 / NOK 990
  • Aberdeen to East Midlands operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will commence on February 24 with lead in fares starting at £54.99
  • Aberdeen to Brussels via Newcastle operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet aircraft will commence on October 28 with lead in fares starting at £89.99 / €100
  • Newcastle to Bergen operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet aircraft will commence on April 26 with lead in fares starting at £89.99 / 929 NOK
  • Newcastle to Guernsey operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet aircraft will commence on May 23 with lead in fares starting at £74.99

Top Copyright Photo: Loganair Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) G-SAJS (msn 145390) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 947541.

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Carlisle now has airline service again after over 25 years

"Spirit of Lewis"

Carlisle Lake District Airport is once again a commercial airline passenger service airport.

The airport launched commercial and business services from Carlisle for the first time in more than 25 years with Loganair on Thursday, July 4.

Above Photo: Michael Kelly. SAAB 340B ES-NSD (msn 171) “Spirit of Carlisle” is pictured at Dublin heading back to Carlisle.  It is leased from Estonian operator NyxAir.

Flights now connect Carlisle and the Lake District, which attracts 45 million visitors per year, with the South East of England (London Southend Airport), Northern Ireland (Belfast City Airport) and the Republic of Ireland (Dublin Airport) from Thursday July 4 thanks to Carlisle Lake District Airport’s partnership with Loganair, Scotland’s Airline.

Carlisle Lake District Airport is the gateway to the Lake District National Park, the Pennines, South West Scotland and Border regions, located just six miles east of Carlisle City and the M6 (J43 or J44).

From Southend, Loganair has also commenced flights to Aberdeen and Glasgow in Scotland generally using Embraer 145s and the occasional SAAB 2000 and Embraer 135s.

Top Copyright Photo: G-LGNA “Spirit of Lewis” is seen at Southend, a new destination of the carrier. Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNA (msn 199) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 946946.

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Loganair to launch routes between East Midlands, Brussels and Inverness

First Embraer in the new livery

Loganair has announced it will commence scheduled services from East Midlands Airport, introducing two new routes to Brussels and Inverness, this autumn.

Starting on September 2, 2019 the airline will begin an early morning and afternoon rotation to Brussels between Monday and Thursday as well as afternoon services on Friday and Sunday. It will also provide six flights per week between East Midlands and Inverness, in the North East of Scotland.

Operated by Embraer jet aircraft and with a flight-time of only 1 hour and ten minutes, the airlink will offer a convenient gateway to Belgium’s capital city – which is also a centre onward rail travel to a wide range of European cities. A popular  destination for business passengers, the timetable has been created to enable a full day’s business on the continent, departing at 06:50 before returning to the UK via a well-timed 19:00 service.

Meanwhile the journey to Inverness takes one hour and 35 minutes, setting off at midday before returning to England at 14:00.

Previously operated by flybmi, services between Brussels and East Midlands ceased on February 16.

Loganair currently operates freight services from East Midlands Airport but this announcement marks the first time it has provided passengers flights from the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Loganair Embraer ERJ 135LR (EMB-135LR) G-SAJB (msn 145473) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 944080.

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Loganair and Emirates sign a major interline agreement

"Spirit of Benbecula"

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Loganair and Emirates have signed a major interline agreement which opens up the Dubai carrier’s global destination network to Loganair’s passengers.

The partnership enables customers from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands to travel via Glasgow and Edinburgh with their luggage on one ticket to Emirates network of 155 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world.

Passengers have the added advantages of being protected should their connecting flights be disrupted while also saving on an APD charge of £78.

The agreement will see some of Scotland’s smallest and most remote airports displayed on Emirate’s online booking system between many of the world’s biggest cities.

It is the latest addition to Loganair’s “Better Connected” programme, which provides the Scottish airline’s key destinations with a wide range of easy to access international connections.

Carriers including Turkish Airlines, Air France, Dutch giants KLM, Emirates and Thomas Cook Airlines have already signed up to the ‘Better Connected’ initiative.

Loganair passengers can now travel with these airlines on a through-ticket where flights connect at Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Manchester and Norwich.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Loganair): Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNJ (msn 173) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 940890.

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easyJet extends ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ to seven airports and adds new connections airline partners

easyJet has announced that it is extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. This means that, combined with the connections already announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year – will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.

easyJet has also brought new connecting airlines onto the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ booking platform and has also announced partnerships with Thomas Cook Airlines at Gatwick meaning easyJet customers can now travel as far as the Caribbean or to the USA, Africa and the Indian Ocean with La Compagnie and Corsair who will both fly from Paris Orly.

easyJet’s existing relationship with WestJet and Norwegian will enable the airlines to offer long haul connectivity at more of Europe’s biggest hub airports – Norwegian will extend connecting services from Paris Charles De Gaulle and Paris Orly in the coming weeks, from Amsterdam Schiphol in the summer when the airline launches its service to New York from the Dutch capital and also from Edinburgh. Meanwhile easyJet’s existing relationship with Loganair will allow easyJet customers to connect to the highlands and Islands via Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

Airport                           Go live date           Partners

Gatwick                                 September 2017       Norwegian, Thomas Cook Airlines,

WestJet, Aurigny

Venice                                    Mid-April 2018           To be announced

Paris CDG                              Spring 2018               Norwegian

Paris Orly                               Spring 2018               Corsair, La Compagnie, Norwegian

Milan Malpensa                     Spring 2018               Neos, Norwegian

Berlin Tegel                           Summer 2018            To be announced

Amsterdam Schiphol          Summer 2018            Norwegian

Edinburgh                              tbc 2018                     Loganair, Norwegian

Inverness                               tbc 2018                     Loganair 

Worldwide by easyJet explained

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With Worldwide by easyJet these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

 

Loganair to add new routes from the Carlisle Lake District

Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNJ (msn 173) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 940889.

Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) has unveiled Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, as its airline partner with flights to George Best Belfast City Airport, Dublin Airport and London Southend Airport.

The six times weekly service to Belfast City Airport, which will commence on June 4, 2018, will connect passengers to Cumbria and the Lake District, which receive 45 million visitors per year.

The airline will be operating this route as a partner of the Stobart Group.

The first flight from Carlisle Lake District Airport will arrive in Belfast on June 4 with the following week seeing the launch of Flybe’s four times weekly service to Doncaster Sheffield Airport from Belfast City.


In other news, Loganair is launching a Glasgow to Derry air service after the recent Ryanair announcement to discontinue the route.

The regional carrier, which has a long history of operating between the two cities, will commence the link on Sunday, October 28 – the day after Ryanair’s service ceases.

Operating five days per week, Loganair will utilise a 33-seat SAAB 340 aircraft on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a larger, 50-capacity SAAB 2000 aircraft used for Sunday evening services.

Services will depart Glasgow at 10.55 am on Mondays and Saturdays, arriving in Derry 50 minutes later at 11.45 am. The return trip from Derry will take to the skies at 12.15 pm.

The Thursday, Friday and Sunday services leave Glasgow at 6.55 pm, with return flights leaving Northern Ireland’s second largest city at 8.15 pm.

Loganair first served Derry in April 1979, becoming the first airline to operate to City of Derry Airport at the time.

 

Derry becomes Loganair’s 12th destination from Glasgow, the home base for Scotland’s Airline.   Loganair has added Guernsey and Donegal to its Glasgow network this year and will also resume nonstop flights in May from Glasgow to Bergen in Norway for a second summer season.

Copyright Photo: Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNJ (msn 173) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 940889.

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