While most of the UK’s airlines work either on the low-cost model or target holiday destinations, Loganair is very different. It’s a regional airline with a focus on Shetland, Orkney and the Hebrides in Scotland where its services are vital for many smaller communities. It operates a fleet of small aircraft and regional jets, such as Twin Otters, BN-2’s, Saab 340’s, Embraer 135’s and 145’s.
Loganair offers a much more personal service and experience than almost any other airline in the UK. And their Orkney Inter Island Air Service takes your flight experience to a completely different level. I had the following conversation when I went to the check-in desk in Kirkwall:
“Hi, what can I do for you?” “I’m on the flight to Westray” “What’s your name” “David” (note: I said only my first name, not my full name) “OK, then you’re checked in” “There’s no boarding pass?” “No. Boarding will be through this door five minutes before departure.”
I was originally planning to spend the night at Westray but as my flight from Shetland to Orkney was cancelled the day before I was rebooked on the Kirkwall – Westray – Papa Westray – Kirkwall flight, flying on the same plane and staying on (or near to) it on both small islands.
This flight report is the third segment of Loganair’s Orkney Inter Island Air Service that also included the shortest flight of the world. To see the context of this flight please check the reports about the two previous flights:
A view of our 1986 aircraft at Papa Westray where we spent about 10 minutes.
The engines were started at exactly at 10:00:00, we departed 5 seconds later at 10:00:05 and we took off at 10:00:05. When you fly on such short distances you count in seconds, not in minutes!
Leaving Papa Westray
This flight of 44 kms felt very long after the less than 3 kms of the previous flight from Westray to Papa Westray. The views were fantastic. Doesn’t it feel like we’re somewhere in the tropics?
Fish farming in Northern Orkneys
More nice views
A small island on the way
The Orkneys are full of beautiful beaches
What about this castle on a small island?
Entering Orkney Mainland
Flying over Orkney Mainland
Another detour to the tropics
A cabin view of our BN2A Islander before landing
We landed at 10:17:35.
The aircraft at Kirkwall Airport after landing
The terminal was a short walk only
Papa Westray - PPW
Orkney Islands - KOI
Loganair’s Orkney Inter Island Air Service is a pure enjoyment for everybody who enjoys flying: personal, stress-free experience at the airport, friendly staff, small aircraft and exceptionally beautiful views.
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