11 JULY 2011
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Loganair has purchased Cambridge-based Suckling Airways, better known up north as Scot Airways with Stagecoach as a previous major shareholder.
Suckling was founded by the late Roy and Merlyn Suckling in 1984 and these days is essentially a specialist executive and charter operator with a fleet of five 32-seat Dornier turboprops.
“Scotland’s Airline” Loganair is even older and goes back to 1962. It operates scheduled services under a Flybe franchise in mainland Scotland and to Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. From Dundee it flies to Belfast City and Birmingham.
Commenting on the acquisition, Loganair’s Chairman Scott Grier said: “The acquisition of Suckling Airways is a major change for Loganair, but one which reflects our increasing ambition to diversify and expand our business. Today’s announcement brings a new, yet mature revenue stream from specialist charter flights into the company. We look forward to working with Mrs Merlyn Suckling and her team to develop its exciting business over the coming months and years whilst we continue to grow Loganair’s own operations as and when opportunities arise.”
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