18 Oct 2018
Just over one year since it began ‘flying solo’, Loganair has been named the Airline of the Year by the European Regional Airline Association.
The Scottish airline has been recognised by the judges for its impressive achievements over the previous 12 months since it ended its franchise agreement with Flybe.
Loganair was honoured as an ‘exceptional regional airline which has rebuilt its commercial infrastructure after the end of its franchise’ while implementing ‘a complete rebrand’ undertaken by a ‘young and inspirational CEO.’
It was commended for its ‘handling with success of the instant competition from its previous franchise partner’ across six crucial routes in the Scottish islands, communities it serves ‘in tough and challenging conditions’.
The judging panel comprised senior industry experts including past CEOs of European airlines, independent aviation journalists and industry academics from a variety of European countries.
The award was collected by the airline’s managing director, Jonathan Hinkles, heading up the 700 employees who contributed to Loganair’s success.
Mr Hinkles said: “Receiving an award of this calibre is a tremendous privilege, highlighting everything Loganair has achieved since flying solo last year.
“Everyone in the team has worked incredibly hard to build a regional airline providing sustainable and reliable services for the communities to which we fly. The foundations that we’ve laid over the last year will serve Loganair well for decades to come, and we’re very much looking forward to playing a leading role in the future of the UK’s regional air services.”
ERA’s Director General Montserrat Barriga commented: “Loganair serves its community in remote areas of Scotland in tough and challenging conditions. Despite this, in the past year, the airline has successfully rebranded and begun operating in its own right as a truly independent regional airline. Loganair absolutely deserves this award – huge congratulations.”
To herald the receipt of the Gold Award Loganair is launching a golden ticket competition for its customers, with the chance to win 12 return tickets on its network.
ERA is a trade association representing the European aviation industry. Its membership includes 50 airlines and 150 associate and affiliate members who jointly cover the entire spectrum of the aviation sector - airlines, airports, manufacturers and suppliers.
Loganair is the only major UK airline owned and headquartered in Scotland. Part of the Airline Investments Limited (AIL) group, Loganair was founded in 1962 and employs approximately 600 staff to undertake approximately 1000 air services each week using a fleet of 30 aircraft. The company is privately owned and consistently profitable.
It carries nearly 700,000 passengers each year and connects Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles to key destinations in Scotland, as well as providing other regional air links from its operational bases at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall and Norwich. Loganair is a codeshare partner of British Airways and sister airline of bmi Regional.
Pictured: Loganair Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles with cabin crew Sharon Williams.