Review of Loganair flight Orkney Islands Edinburgh in Economy

Airline Loganair
Flight LM394
Class Economy
Seat 10A
Aircraft Saab 340
Flight time 01:00
Take-off 05 Jun 19, 19:20
Arrival at 05 Jun 19, 20:20
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By GOLD 250
Published on 28th July 2019
I have been planning to visit the Shetlands and the Orkneys for a long time, and I also wanted to try the world’s shortest flight between Westray and Papa Westray.

My itinerary was:

Keflavík to Glasgow, Icelandair, business
Edinburgh to Shetland Sumburgh, Loganair
Shetland to Orkney Kirkwall, Logainair
Orkney to Westray, Loganair
Westray to Papa Westray, Loganair
Papa Westray to Orkney, Loganair
Orkney to Edinburgh, Loganair

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

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There’s a café with a choice of hot meals, snacks and drinks, all at reasonable prices

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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

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There are no shops or cafes here but there’s some interesting art on the walls.

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Let’s have a closer look

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This one is a bit stranger

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Have a look at this “bookshop”. This is what I call a friendly airport

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Boarding started at 19.05. Our plane today was a Saab 340B, registration numer G-LGND, called Sandaidh. It first flew in 1989.

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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.

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G-LGNB, another Saab 340B, built in 1990, was standing next to us and was to fly to Shetlands.

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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.

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The views were immediately beautiful in perfect weather.

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More nice views as we were flying over the southern Orkneys

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The last view of the Orkneys

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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

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The weather around Edinburgh was nowhere as nice as in the Orkneys

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We landed at 20.20 and we were at our parking position at 20.25 for a scheduled arrival time of 20.45
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Verdict

Loganair

10.0/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering10.0

Orkney Islands - KOI

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Edinburgh - EDI

8.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access10.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

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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