Scottish regional carrier Loganair is to revamp its livery following the dissolution of its franchise partnership with Flybe.
The airline will emerge from the pact at the beginning of September 2017, marking the first time it has operated in its own right for 24 years, having flown for British Airways from 1993 and subsequently for Flybe from 2008.
Loganair is upbeat about the carrier’s prospects. “We hold tremendous responsibility to operate services on lifeline routes and provide connectivity for Scotland,” says managing director Jonathan Hinkles.
“I am wholly confident that Loganair’s independence will be warmly welcomed by both our customers and our dedicated team of professional employees.”
Loganair uses a turboprop fleet mainly comprising Saab 340s and Saab 2000s. The airline will have a network of some 46 routes including links to London, Dublin, Manchester and the Norwegian city of Bergen.
The carrier is to adopt a new colour scheme, based on the traditional Scottish tartan, to mark its break from franchise operations.
Loganair parent Airline Investments’ chief executive, Peter Simpson, says the company believes the “time is right” for the carrier to stand on its own and that the “bold” new corporate identity – which it describes as “definitively Scottish” – will underline the move.