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Transport / Christmas is coming, says Loganair

Loganair's ATR72 mail plane at Sumburgh airport on Monday morning. Photo: Ronnie Robertson

WITH LITTLE more than seven weeks to Christmas, Loganair has – for the first time – brought the airline’s large ATR72 freighter into service to carry the mail.

The airline’s managing director Jonathan Hinkles said the aircraft could carry up to 7.5 tonnes of mail, more than double the capacity of the much smaller Saab 340 which normally operates the Shetland mail flight.

He said Loganair would be operating the ATR72 freighter every day between now and Christmas.

“It’s the first time we’ve deployed the ATR72 freighter into Sumburgh, although of course, our passenger ATR aircraft are operating more and more of the Shetland scheduled and oil and gas industry flights,” Hinkles said.