While most of the UK’s airlines work either on the low-cost model or focus on holiday destinations, Loganair is very different. It’s a regional airline with a focus on the Shetlands, the Orkneys and the Hebrides in Scotland where its services are vital for many smaller communities. It operates a fleet of small aircrafts and regional jets, such as Twin Otters, BN-2’s, Saab 340’s, Embraer 135’s and 145’s.
This was my last flight on my trip to Shetland and Orkney.
The terminal landside
There’s a café with a choice of hot meals, snacks and drinks, all at reasonable prices
Check-in at Orkney took only about 15 minutes. Check-in luggage is always included with Loganair.
Security was friendly like everything on the islands.
There’s a small waiting room airside which was enough as there are not many flights and all of them are operated on regional aircrafts
There are no shops or cafes here but there’s some interesting art on the walls.
Let’s have a closer look
This one is a bit stranger
Have a look at this “bookshop”. This is what I call a friendly airport
Boarding started at 19.05. Our plane today was a Saab 340B, registration numer G-LGND, called Sandaidh. It first flew in 1989.
This Saab 340B has 10 rows in a 1+2 configuration plus the last row with four seats. Load was about 30/34 on today’s flight. The seats are in a good condition.
G-LGNB, another Saab 340B, built in 1990, was standing next to us and was to fly to Shetlands.
The pilot announcements after boarding were unusual: “In the cabin you can find [name] the number one Spice Girl fan”
An expected flight time of one hour and five minutes was announced.
Take-off was at 1920 from runway 09 for a scheduled departure time of 1935.
The views were immediately beautiful in perfect weather.
More nice views as we were flying over the southern Orkneys
The last view of the Orkneys
Some people laughing all the way, everybody seemed to be in a very good mood. The only one cabin crew (the Space Girl fan) was also in a very good mood.
Despite being on a short one-hour regional flight we had a full service including tea or coffee, a soft drink and a snack.
We reached the Scottish Mainland at 19.45
The weather around Edinburgh was nowhere as nice as in the Orkneys
We landed at 20.20 and we were at our parking position at 20.25 for a scheduled arrival time of 20.45
Orkney Islands - KOI
Edinburgh - EDI
I really enjoyed this flight, just as much as I enjoyed everything on the Shetlands and the Orkneys. Loganair is a small and friendly airline and it is a bit as aviation used to be decades ago: you have to pay a relatively high price but you get good service and the entire flight is a good experience.
My notes: Cabin: very comfortable for a regional aircraft, 10/10 Cabin crew: friendly and laughing yet efficiant at work, 10/10 Entartainment: beautiful views, 10/10 Meal: tea, soft drink and a choice of snacks on a one hour regional flight, 10/10
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