-Veteran passenger, Royal Bank Scotland ‘flying banker’ Anne Rendall honoured by Orcadian who is Orkney Inter-Isles Air Service’s newest pilot –
The globally acclaimed air-link which includes the world’s shortest fight, today welcomed its millionth passenger (Monday, 31 October).
During a ceremony at Kirkwall Airport to mark the impressive milestone, one of the Orkney Inter-Isles Air Service’s most frequent and long-serving flyers, Royal Bank of Scotland mobile-banker, Anne Rendall was gifted with a celebratory bouquet of flowers by Orcadian native and newly appointed route Captain Alex Rendall.
Operated by Loganair since 1967, the Orkney Inter-Isles Air Service connects seven Orcadian islands and includes the 1.7mile hope between Westray and Papa Westray which is officially recognised by Guinness as the world’s shortest flight.
The duration is officially two minutes, but under ideal wind conditions can be completed in only 47 seconds.
Other stops include Eday, Stronsay, Sanday and North Ronaldsay, plus the airport of origin, Kirkwall.
Alex Rendall, 27, from Kirkwall is the latest Loganair pilot to take over cockpit duties on the famous route having recently completed an extensive training programme to operate the eight-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft.
He started his career with Loganair when he was only 17, working in the airline’s Kirkwall office while undertaking flight training during his days off. Alex has been flying for eight years and after completing four years of training, gained his Commercial Pilot Licence.
Earning his opening role behind the controls with Loganair at the age of 23, Alex initially flew Saab 340 aircraft as a First Officer out of Aberdeen Airport.
Anne Rendall has completed over 10,000 trips on the service, visiting island communities across Orkney and tending to their banking requirements.
Her trips take her to Sanday, Westray, Stronsay, Papa Westray and North Ronaldsay, and once a month she boards the ferry to Hoy. On each island she opens up the Royal Bank of Scotland office there and will serve 40 to 50 customers during each visit, from crofters to fishermen to those serving the tourist industry by running B&Bs.
Anne is only the second Royal Bank Scotland flying banker. The service was launched in 1969 by Mary Muir, who did the job for 20 years until Anne took over. Anne has led the role for 21 years.
Royal Bank also runs a fleet of mobile banks serving remote communities throughout the country, with teams of staff multitasking as drivers, clerks and security staff. Its fleet of 23 mobile banks helps serve more communities than any other bank in Scotland.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said: “The route is a jewel in our network and known across the world. However, despite its fame, it’s an essential life-line service for the people of Orkney, connecting the individual islands via a convenient air-link.
“It’s used by teachers, doctors, policemen and school-pupils, helping them to go about their daily routines with ease and simplicity.
“We’ve been operating the service on behalf of the Orkney Island Council for 49 years, with our eight-seater aircraft a stable fixture above the Orcadian skies during the time.
“I’d also like to congratulate Alex for being promoted to Captain of the Britten Norman aircraft while thanking Anne as one of the airlines most frequent passengers.”
Anne said: “It is fantastic to have become Loganair’s ‘Millionaire’.
“Our Flying Banker service is crucial for so many individuals and businesses in the Islands and thanks to Loganair we can make it a reliable and regular service for our customers and helping us serve more communities than any other bank.
“Loganair’s service has become part of the fabric of Island life and the Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to have helped celebrate this milestone.”