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Editorial comment - October 2017

On 1 September, Scottish regional carrier Loganair finally took off as an independent airline, free from the shackles of franchise agreements that have shaped its past for decades
 

On 1 September, Scottish regional carrier Loganair finally took off as an independent airline, free from the shackles of franchise agreements that have shaped its past for decades. 

 

Having lived in Aberdeen (Scotland) for a number of years in the mid-2000s, it’s nice to see this small but gutsy operator reflect its own Scottish identity again.  

 

Loganair operated in British Airways colours for 14 years between 1994 and 2008 under a franchise partnership. Loganair then forged a new franchise partnership with Flybe, in July 2008. That agreement was terminated at the end of August this year.

 

Going it alone should inject a renewed level of rejuvenation into the carrier as it launches services in its own right, operating independently after 24 years of providing its services under franchise arrangements with other airlines.

 

The airline’s unique knowledge of operating to Scotland’s remote islands and communities puts the carrier in a good position to forge new codeshare services, and not surprisingly, British Airways is interested in expanding that. Continued codesharing with BA will be essential at Edinburgh and Glasgow, while beefing up secondary links from Dundee and Aberdeen would also be prudent (specifically on routes that are too thin for the LCCs). They must then decide whether and when to go head-to-head with Flybe, as there’s inevitably going to be overlap in the regional networks. 

 

The new corporate identity does open the door for a flag-carrier of some sort, and that should win favour with patriotic Scottish travellers. Some in the Scottish press have alluded to the dawn of a Scottish flag-carrier, but it might be a bit of a stretch in the traditional sense. 

 

From its modest beginnings, Loganair has developed into a regional commuter airline with a comprehensive network of scheduled services. It will be interesting to see what options the airline will take in the future as an independent entity. 

 

Low Cost & Regional Airline Business wishes Loganair every success as it steps out as an autonomous airline. 


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