History and Heritage of Loganair
Prior to 1962 William Logan used the air taxi company Capital Services to travel the country between construction sites. However, in 1962 the company faced financial difficulties resulting in Willie Logan buying over the company and renaming it Loganair. Following the takeover, Loganair was based in Renfrew with a Piper Aztec as the sole aircraft.
In October 1963 Loganair’s first scheduled flight took off between Dundee and Turnhouse. The flight coincided with the requirements of Duncan Logan contractors who were working on the Tay Road Bridge Contract. Another ‘scheduled’ service was also set up for the business personnel travelling between the two cities, however, this service was on an ‘if and when required’ basis.
In 1964 Loganair won the contract to deliver the Stornoway newspapers. The Piper Aztec was used to carry the papers to the island. The pilot would help unload the papers and reload the aircraft with freight for the return leg – mainly Harris Tweed.
In 1967 Loganair commenced the Orkney Inter Isles service which connected mainland Kirkwall to the smaller islands. In the same year, Loganair won the award of a supplementary air ambulance contract. The Britten Norman Islander aircraft was to be key in the Loganair ambulance operation, however the first air ambulance flight was operated on the Piper Aztec.
In October 1968 the capital share of Loganair was acquired by the National Commercial Bank of Scotland. This allowed the introduction of mobile banks for islanders on Lewis.
In 1976 a new airstrip was built on Fair Isle to replace an old strip from World War 2. This allowed Loganair to reintroduce Shetland ponies on Fair Isle after 80 years of their absence on the island.
In 1980 Loganair introduced 2 Embraer 110 aircraft to the fleet. The increased speed, range and passenger comfort allowed Loganair to serve oil companies with requirements to travel offshore.
In December 1983 Loganair was acquired by British Midland Airways. Following the partnership, Loganair’s route map expanded throughout Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.
In 1994 Loganair became a British Airways franchise partner. The agreement between the two airlines meant that Loganair would operate on behalf of British Airways on Loganair’s highland routes and also British Airways; Glasgow – Aberdeen, Glasgow – Inverness – Kirkwall- Sumburgh, and Glasgow – Belfast.
In 1997 Loganair were part of a management buy out, purchased by Chairman Scott Grier. This allowed Loganair to continue operating its Scottish routes. 5 Britten- Norman Islanders operated for Shetland and the Orkney Inter-Isle services. The Twin Otter was used on services between Glasgow and Tiree and Barra and later on that year the Twin Otter was also used on the Glasgow to Campbeltown route.
By 2004 Loganair had acquired all the Scottish routes previously operated by British Airways CitiExpress. This meant that Loganair now operated services between; Glasgow – Stornoway, Glasgow – Benbecula, Aberdeen – Sumburgh and Aberdeen Kirkwall.
In 2008 the British Airways franchise agreement came to an end as the airline rationalised its route network and concentrated on larger markets. Loganair took this opportunity to enter into a new franchise agreement with Flybe. The long association with British Airways continued, via a codeshare arrangement, with Loganair’s flights marketed as connecting BA flights to London and beyond.
In July 2011 Loganair acquired Cambridge based Suckling Airways, bringing Dornier 328 aircraft into their fleet. The Dornier aircraft gave operational and commercial options that weren’t available on the Saab aircraft due to the superior speed and range.
It was time for Loganair to fly once again under its own name, The airline started flying “solo” from 1st September 2017. This was the first time in 25 years that Loganair had flown under its own brand, requiring a brand re-launch, new website and reservations systems. The new identity was inspired by the Scottish tartan pattern that flew with British Airways 20 years ago and the Loganair Tartan is registered as number 11744 in the Scottish register of tartans.
The route network has grown with now over 70 routes to and from; Scotland, England, the Channel Islands, Belgium, Isle of Man, Norway, Ireland, Denmark and Germany. New interline arrangements have been agreed with some of the world’s leading airlines to further enhance connectivity for our customers. Loganair has also introduced Embraer jets to the fleet to enhance the destination offering and improve the customer experience.