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Loganair takes over 16 routes formerly flown by Flybe

Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has reacted to the closure of Flybe by announcing plans to safeguard UK regional connectivity by taking up 16 routes formerly flown by Flybe. The airline will be adding nearly 400 new flights each week and has opened a special recruitment line for former Flybe employees seeking to continuing their aviation careers with Loganair.

The 16 routes – from existing Loganair base airports at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle – will be launched progressively over the next four months. Flights on the first and largest group of these key air routes will commence as early as Monday, March 16.

The routes are:

Route between Flights commence Lead in fare One-way Outline of Loganair service
Aberdeen & Belfast City 16 March £ 49.99 Daily ERJ service
Aberdeen & Birmingham 16 March £ 57.99 Up to 3 x daily ERJ service
Aberdeen & Jersey 09 May £ 79.99 Saturday ATR72 service
Aberdeen & Manchester 16 March £ 57.99 4 x daily ERJ service

More seats with 4x daily ATR72 service from 1 September

Edinburgh & Cardiff 23 March £ 49.99 Daily ERJ service

More flights with 10 x weekly ERJ from 1 September

Edinburgh & Exeter 23 March £ 54.99 Daily ERJ service (excl Wed)

More seats with daily ATR72 service from 6 July

Edinburgh & Manchester 23 March £ 49.99 Up to 4 x daily ERJ service
Edinburgh & Newquay 20 June £ 69.99 2 x weekly AT7 service
Edinburgh & Southampton 15 June £ 54.99 Up to 4 x daily AT7 service
Glasgow & Exeter 30 March £ 54.99 Daily ERJ service

More seats with daily ATR72 service from 6 July

Glasgow & Southampton 30 March £ 54.99 3 x daily ERJ service

More flights & seats with 4 x daily ATR72 service from 6 July

Inverness & Belfast City 23 March £ 49.99 Daily Saab 340 service
Inverness & Birmingham 16 March £ 54.99 4 x weekly ERJ service

More flights with daily ERJ service from 23 March

Inverness & Jersey 30 May £ 79.99 Saturday ATR72 service
Newcastle & Exeter 6 July £ 54.99 Daily ERJ service
Newcastle & Southampton 23 March £ 54.99 3 x daily ERJ service

[Aircraft – ERJ is an Embraer Regional Jet with 49 or 37 seats; AT7 is an ATR72 with 70 seats; SF3 is a Saab 340 with 33 seats.]

Loganair’s Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said:

“The collapse of a long-standing airline like Flybe marks a desperately sad day, especially for the airline’s dedicated team of employees and for customers facing disruption to their journeys. By stepping in quickly with a comprehensive plan, Loganair is aiming to maintain essential air connectivity within the UK regions to keep customers flying, and to offer new employment to former Flybe staff members who are facing an uncertain future today.”

Customers formerly booked on Flybe services on the same routes will need to make new bookings at http://www.loganair.co.uk, and obtain a refund via their payment card provider for tickets booked with Flybe. In common with all other airlines, Loganair has no access to Flybe systems or customer data to be able to facilitate re-bookings.

Loganair has partnership arrangements with several international airlines including Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines. Customers who held a Flybe booking including onward travel with one of these airlines, or as part of a package holiday, should contact the travel agent or airline with whom the booking was made to arrange for re-booking onto the new Loganair flights on equivalent routes.

The addition of 16 former Flybe routes to Loganair’s network will see the airline operate up to 400 new services each week, cementing its position as the UK’s fourth largest airline by volume of flights. Additional 70-seat ATR 72 turboprop aircraft will join Loganair’s fleet over the coming weeks to service the new routes, alongside the existing 44-strong fleet of turboprop and Embraer Regional Jet aircraft. The ATR aircraft have the lowest carbon emissions per passenger of any regional aircraft.

Loganair will be recruiting for additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers to be based at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle airports to support the expansion. It is expected that over 100 new positions will be created across the four locations, and Loganair will be prioritising applications from former Flybe staff for all of these roles. There will also be a small number of new head office support roles.

The safeguarding of these routes by Loganair will also help former Flybe ground handling agents and airport operators at locations such as Southampton and Exeter to preserve employment in their businesses.

Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles concluded:

“The plan represents the outcome of several weeks of behind-the-scenes contingency planning work, during which we’ve evaluated many routes and aircraft. It’s critical to the continued success of our own airline that we refrain from over-expansion, and that our growth can be delivered within our operational and financial means. I am confident that the plans being announced today are robust and sustainable, enabling former Flybe customers to benefit from Loganair’s high standards of customer service and on-time performance on a range of new routes, with a strong emphasis on those to and from our Scottish heartlands.”

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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.

From Loganair:

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"

Loganair has made this announcement:

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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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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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easyJet teams up with Loganair for booking flights

easyJet's new Amsterdam logo jet, rolled out March 25, 2015

easyJet made this announcement on December 7, 2017:

easyJet has announced that Loganair flights are now on sale at easyJet.com as part of its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ product, which launched in September.

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline, which also offers stand-alone flights from partner airlines with complementary networks.

Booking Loganair flights via the easyJet website will enable easyJet passengers to easily book onward flights – e.g. from Glasgow and Edinburgh with Loganair to Scotland’s Highlands and Islands, including the Glasgow – Barra link, the world’s only scheduled service to a beach airport.  ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ provides partner airlines with access to one of the biggest travel websites in Europe.

The launch in September was a first step and easyJet will now continue to sign up and integrate other airlines with the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ product.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDN (msn 3608) (Amsterdam) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934179.

Loganair responds to Flybe’s withdrawal from Shetland

Loganair moves back closer to British Airways (again)

British Airways (London) has issued this statement:

British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with Scottish airline Loganair.

The new agreement, which comes into effect on September 1, 2017 when Loganair begins operating again as an independent airline, will enable customers from the Highlands and Islands to book directly onto services on British Airways’ global network at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City Airports, serving more than 200 destinations..

Loganair customers will be able to connect onto British Airways domestic services at Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, flying on a “through ticket”, with the facility to check in hold baggage at their departure airport straight through to their destination.

Loganair flights between the Highlands and Islands airports and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness under the new codeshare agreement will be eligible under the Scottish Governments Air Discount Scheme.

The new Loganair services to and from Manchester will also be included in the codeshare parthership, enabling customers to take advantage of new connections from points including Glasgow, Inverness and Norwich onto the growing family of British Airways services at the north-west hub.

Under the new agreement, British Airways is operating a codeshare with Loganair for the first time as an independent airline, although the two companies have had a business relationship that has stretched over a quarter of a century.    The airlines operated as franchise partners between 1994 and 2008 and have operated a code share agreement under the Loganair/Flybe franchise.

Photo: Loganair.