Loganair, the vital air link
Aviation in Scotland has a brave and pioneering heritage, and Loganair is proud to have played it’s part in that whilst looking firmly forward to the future.
Loganair began in 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 1967 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.
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 became served comprehensively from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and mainland routes were now firmly established.
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. The long association with BA continues however, via a codeshare arrangement, with Loganair’s flights marketed as connecting BA flights to London and beyond, but its niche markets and regional strength now benefit from the Flybe brand expanding into the Highlands and Islands, allowing its loyal Scottish passengers the benefit of regional connections and a seamless service with the ever expanding Flybe regional airline.
In 2014, HQ moved to the Cirrus Building on the grounds of Glasgow Airport and SAAB 2000 aircraft joined the fleet. The larger, faster 50 seat aircraft allowed Loganair to enter new markets and operations commenced on Glasgow-Manchester. In 2015, Inverness-Manchester and Inverness-Dublin also joined the network.
From modest beginnings Loganair has developed into a regional commuter airline with a comprehensive network of scheduled services, and is now one of the longest established airlines in the United Kingdom. It is the continued support and enthusiasm of the people we serve which has given us the strength to expand, and is the foundation of our success.