AIRLINE Loganair today (Wednesday, February 1) launched a year-long celebration to mark the company’s 50 year as ‘Scotland’s Airline’.
Chairman Scott Grier was joined by Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan to cut a specially commissioned cake in celebration of Loganair’s half-century landmark this morning.
And a spectacular water cannon salute – normally reserved to mark the launch of a new route – was also performed by Glasgow Airport’s Fire Department to honour the 50 year milestone.
Scott Grier, who led a management buy-out of the company in 1997 and set about rebuilding the operation to become Scotland’s Airline, hailed the unique achievement of Loganair’s 50 years in the aviation business.
He said: “No other airline has operated for nearly as long under its original name. During the lifetime of Loganair, as least 50 Scottish-based airlines and aviation companies have come and gone, but we’re still here and thriving.”
To commemorate the anniversary the company’s fleet of aircraft are now carrying the new ‘Serving Scotland for 50 years – 1962 to 2012’ logo featuring a Saltire and the Loganair name.
Passengers flying with Loganair today will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly and a cupcake featuring the new birthday logo.
And Loganair check-in desks are being specially decorated for the day, whilst Loganair headquarters and hanger at Glasgow Airport will also carry to 50th anniversary signage.
Commenting on the milestone, Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Over the years Loganair has provided vital lifeline air links which are essential for maintaining the economic and social viability of Scotland’s remotest communities.
“Loganair’s longevity is such a competitive and fast-changing industry is testimony to the acumen and commitment of its management and its workforce and I congratulate them for their success.”