LOGANAIR UNVEILS ‘SPIRIT OF CAITHNESS’ AS LATEST PHASE OF AIRCRAFT MODERNISATION
Loganair has named an aircraft in honour of the most northerly airfield on the UK mainland, Wick John O’Groats Airport.
The official unveiling ceremony was attended by Iain Alexander Gunn, Chief of Clan Gunn – Caithness’s Highland Clan with ancient roots to the region.
The aircraft is the third in the Scottish carrier’s 13-strong Saab 340 fleet to undergo a full internal refit as part of a £3.5million renewal programme.
Named the Spirit of Caithness in recognition of Loganair’s links with the airport, the plane has been completely refitted, repainted and upgraded at a cost of nearly £270,000.
Improvements to the aircraft include the installation of new lightweight, ergonomically-designed modern seating to provide improved leg room.
Interior panels were re-covered to help reduce vibration and latest technology sound-proofing was fitted to improve cabin acoustics, while new LED lighting and carpeting have also helped to raise comfort levels.
Loganair has been operating daily services to Edinburgh from Wick for over 35 years, acting as a vital air-link for the north-easterly region.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said: “As an airline which serves remote communities across Scotland, it’s extremely fitting to name this plane in honour of Caithness.
“It’s our most northerly operating base on the mainland and the route is a gateway to the rest of the UK and indeed, beyond for the people who use it.
“It’s great to see the new colour scheme on the Saab 340 and I’m confident our customers will be pleased with the modernisation of the aircraft’s interior.
“We’re continuing this extensive programme of investment to our fleet and feedback has been really positive.
“I’d also like to thank Chief Gunn for coming along to see the aircraft and we’re extremely proud to host him, given his family’s extensive historical ties to the area.
Clan Gunn is a Highland Scottish clan associated with lands in north-eastern Scotland, including Caithness, Sutherland and the Orkney Isles. The Clan Gunn is one of the oldest Scottish Clans descended from the Norse Jarls of Orkney and the Pictish Mormaers of Caithness but today has members all over the world.
Iain Gunn of Gunn said: “It’s fantastic to see Caithness being recognised in this unique way. This airport is really important to people in the region and I think it’s tremendous to have an aircraft christened to reflect this distinct heritage.”