Seen recently at Inverness Airport, one of Loganair's recently introduced jet aircraft. Photographs by Inverness Aviation Photography
Loganair has introduced a discount fare for members of the armed forces veterans and the armed forces community.
The airline has teamed up with Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion.
The Armed Forces Fare will give eligible passengers a 10% reduction in their core ticket price – launched to coincide with Remembrance Sunday and the final year of the WW1 centenary.
Reservations can be made on the Defence Discount Service website; the official Ministry of Defence discount service for the armed forces, used by companies across the United Kingdom including global airline and Loganair codeshare partner, British Airways.
Those eligibile are serving armed forces, reserve forces, spouses and partners of serving personnel, HM armed forces veterans (ex-serving), MoD civil servants, bereaved family members, war or service widow(er)s, cadet forces and NATO personnel in the UK.
Earlier in the year Loganair commissioned a unique aircraft livery to raise awareness of the important services and support that both Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion provide to service men and women, veterans and their families in the time of need. Each of the airline’s Saab 2000 aircraft has a logo from each organisation printed onto each side of its 3m tail-fin.
Kay Ryan, commercial director at Loganair said: “The discount has been created to honour the servicemen and woman who have dedicated their lives to serving their country.”
The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland together form the largest charity group supporting the Armed Forces community across the UK. Best known for running the annual Poppy Appeal, they work year-round to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families.
Mark Bibbey, chief executive of Poppyscotland said: “Members of the Armed Forces are often based far away from home so an initiative like this which offers a significant discount on travel must be applauded.”
Earlier Loganair announced its largest expansion programme at Edinburgh Airport, with four new routes being launched as part of its summer 2019 schedule. Named last month as European Regional Airline of the Year, Loganair will introduce regular year-round services to the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Stavanger; to the island of Islay; and a seasonal link between Edinburgh and Guernsey.
Bergen, Stavanger and Guernsey will each be operated by the airline’s newly acquired 37-seat Embraer 135 jet, the latest addition to its fleet of 30 aircraft. A 34-seat Saab 340 will fly the Edinburgh to Islay route – the capital city’s first ever scheduled air link to the Inner Hebrides. The service will commence on 25 March and will operate up to daily.
And Loganair jets are also set to operate the Manchester, Dublin and Bergen flights from Inverness. Originally delivered to BMI Regional as G-RJXJ in 2001, Embraer ERJ 135 is Loganair's latest addition to the fleet and was delivered in October 2018 then re-registered as G-SAJB.
This aircraft will be joined next year by a larger Embraer ERJ 145 (G-RJXF) which was originally delivered to BMI in 2000 and will be based in the Central Belt..
It was back in August 2015 that a major shake-up in the regional airline business was started with Loganair and bmi regional becoming part of a new group, under Chief Executive, Peter Simpson.
The new holding company, Airline Investments Limited (AIL), acquired the shares in bmi regional from British Airways after it bought the BMI operation from Lufthansa. This created a regional airline group with - at the time -: 46 aircraft, carrying approximately. 1.5 million passengers each year, turnover of circa £200m and employing 960 people, flying 47 routes across 10 countries as far apart across Europe as Sumburgh and Toulouse.