Scottish airline Loganair is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the announcement of a special diamond ticket competition and an agreement with partner airline BA that will make air travel smoother.
Based in Glasgow, the UK’s largest regional airline was established on 1 February 1962, now flies over 70 routes across the British Isles, Norway and Denmark, and serves a total of 34 UK airports.
With a fleet of 43 aircraft, it now employs 830 people, the vast majority of whom live and work in Scotland.
Loganair’s anniversary was marked in true anniversary style with balloons and cakes, commemorative chocolates for customers on every flight and a special 60th anniversary offer for its Clan Loganair frequent flyer club.
To celebrate this special anniversary, Loganair has also launched a competition to offer a diamond ticket, consisting of 60 free flights on its network, to one lucky winner. The airline is asking people to enter the competition by nominating an individual or group – perhaps a sports team, a youth group, a Gaelic choir – as the most deserving of this unusual giveaway.
This special day also sees a very significant expansion of Loganair’s partnership with British Airways, with 18 additional Loganair routes added to its BA codeshare agreement. This will provide greater choice and connectivity for customers by enabling the purchase of flights through BA’s ticketing channels and facilitating transfer to connecting flights.
The new agreement includes the Loganair Inverness service to Birmingham as well as Aberdeen flights to Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Southampton, flights between Norwich and Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and the Isle of Man route to Edinburgh.
The airline also announced Greenock IT lecturer Davy Nicol as the winner of its competition for a commemorative soundtrack to mark his 60 years of service with his title, Fly with Me.
Jonathan Hinkles, Managing Director of Loganair, said: “We are delighted to celebrate our 60th anniversary, an unprecedented milestone in the UK regional airline industry. Since Loganair has served customers in Scotland and beyond, more than 50 other airlines have come and gone, but one constant has been Loganair’s commitment to keeping communities connected.
“Today’s milestone could never have been reached without the efforts and dedication of Scott Grier, President of Loganair and engine of the airline from 1976 to 2012; Loganair’s dedicated team of people over the past six decades; and the unwavering commitment of our owners, Stephen and Peter Bond, who have now been involved with the airline for over 20 years.
“We are delighted to announce a major expansion of our partnership with British Airways, doubling the number of routes on which we cooperate to bring benefits to customers. The development cements what we believe to be the longest standing relationship between two British airlines, and it’s a partnership that will continue to deliver to customers across the UK.
“The next 60 years will no doubt see a different set of challenges, but I am already extremely encouraged by the progress being made to develop new carbon-neutral electric and hydrogen power sources for domestic flight. It’s clear that short-haul domestic flights will be the first to benefit from these new technologies, and I expect we’ll see the first of them propel Loganair customers to the destination in the first six of our next 60 years.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated the airline on reaching this milestone and said: “For six decades now, Loganair, Britain’s oldest airline name, has made an outstanding contribution to Scotland’s economy.
“Since 1962, the airline has helped to move the country, ensuring that people across Scotland are connected – especially those who live in and visit our most remote communities. has never been clearer than during the pandemic as the airline continued to operate, transporting patients, tests and equipment across Scotland and beyond.