Loganair’s 50 today

Loganair chairman Scott Grier celebrating the airline's 50th birthday on Wednesday - Photo: Loganair
Scott Grier -aka Mr Loganair - at the golden anniversary ten years ago.

LOGANAIR has launched a year-long celebration to mark the company’s 50th anniversary as “Scotland’s Airline” on Wednesday.

The airline, which operates FlyBe routes north of the border, has outlived every Scottish competitor and says it is confident about facing the future.

Chairman Scott Grier said: “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 we’re still here and thriving.

“There have always been airline failures and this will continue, but we’re in good shape to face the endemic uncertainties and vagaries of the airline industry for the next 50 years.”

Mr Grier, who plans to publish a book on Loganair’s history shortly, said that when he led a management buy-out in 1997 they had just five 8-seat Britten-Norman Islander and a single Twin Otter aircraft.

“Today Loganair operates a fleet of 20 aircraft delivering vital services throughout Scotland and beyond,” he proclaimed, while paying tribute to the “dedication and enthusiasm” of staff.