Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Loganair - 50th Anniversary

The company began in 1962 as the air taxi service of the Logan Construction Company Ltd, operating a single Piper Aztec from Edinburgh.When it became that there was a demand for scheduled services in addition to the primary role as an air taxi Loganairs fleet grew.In 1964 Loganair mounted an inter-island scheduled network in Orkney and a similar network in Shetland commenced in1970, and the strong association with these island communities continues today. Air ambulance services were established in 1967 covering Coll, Colonsay, Oronsay, Mull and Oban and it continues to provide cover with dedicated Britten Norman Islander aircraft at Glasgow, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

Over the years it has gone through various ownerships until it was bought by management in 1997 led by current chairman Scott Grier. Grier, who has written a book on its history,says that no other airline has operated for nearly  as long under its original name."During the lifetime of Loganair, at least 50 Scottish-based airlines and aviation companies have come and gone, but were still here and thriving," he says."There have always been airline failures and this will continue, but were in good shape to face the endemic uncertainties and vagaries of the airline industry for the next 50 years."Following the buy-out in 1997,the company had just five 8-seat Britten-Norman Islander and a single Twin Otter aircraft. Today, Loganair now operates a fleet of 20 aircraft delivering vital services throughout Scotland and beyond."

Loganair chairman Scott Grier celebrating the airline's 50th birthday

Loganair Short SC-7 Skyvan 3 back in 1971 @ Manchester

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