Loganair prepares to fly solo

Scottish carrier Loganair has posted record passenger numbers and unveiled bold new branding ahead of its forthcoming independence.

The Glasgow-based airline carried 80,000 passengers in July, up 18% on the previous year, and will begin flying under its own name from September 1, having operated under franchise agreements with British Airways and Flybe for over 20 years.

Passenger numbers to/from Kirkwall were up 14% and to/from Sumburgh by 17%, amid growth on routes across its network.

The airline’s first passenger aircraft featuring new tartan branding is now operating flights around its Scottish network, with a further 15 aircraft due to receive a makeover in the coming weeks.

The unique black, red and white ‘Loganair Tartan’ has become entry number 11,744 on the official Scottish Register of Tartans.

“It will make a tremendous impression for our customers but also around over 30 airports in the UK and Europe,” says Loganair’s Managing Director, Jonathan Hinkles.

“The bold image means that we’ll immediately be recognised as Scotland’s Airline wherever we fly, whether we’re landing in Manchester, Bergen or the Outer Hebrides.”

The airline will continue to operate all of its existing routes, offering over 600 flights a week on 36 routes across Scotland, Manchester, Norwich, Jersey, Dublin and Bergen.