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Suckling Airways was acquired by Loganair Ltd in July 2011. The Dornier 328 fleet is now fully integrated into the Loganair operation.
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About Us

In April 2011, Suckling Airways celebrated its 25th Anniversary of scheduled service operations, with a 100% safety record, and its 27th anniversary as an AOC holder in the UK.

The final ScotAirways Dornier 228 aircraft, G-BUXT, departs Amsterdam Schiphol for Cambridge, Friday 19th January 2000.
The first Dornier 328-100 aircraft, G-BWIR, joined the fleet to commence services between London Luton & Paris Charles de Gaulle in October 1995.

Currently, Suckling Airways operates six Dornier 328-110 series aircraft, and employs 70 staff. Key ACMI contract customers include Air France/CityJet, Loganair, Aer Arann and Svenska Direktflyg, with ad-hoc and AOG ACMI contracts being carried out for British Airways CityFlyer, Eastern Airways, VLM Airlines, BMI Regional, Golden Air Sweden and Cirrus Airlines. In addition, Suckling flies to more than 100 different UK and European destinations each year on both ad-hoc and seasonal charter contracts.

Examples of charter customers include: in the entertainment world, European tours for music stars from the pop, jazz and classical genres. Premier League football teams in both the UK and France. Large corporations for events such as international customer visits and car launches. In 2010, Suckling Airways was contracted to provide two aircraft each for one month for two UK political parties, both of which selected the airline as its charter provider for the duration of the General Election campaign. Following the conclusion of the campaign, Suckling Airways flew the new Prime Minister for his first national visits, the third successive UK Prime Minister proudly flown on the Dornier 328-100 aircraft by the Company.

Long range and multi-leg European charter is a particular speciality – with European destinations such as Skopje, Sofia, Istanbul, Bucharest and Kiev being regularly served destinations from the UK.

The airline is proud of its very long-standing relationships with many of its key charter customers, particularly the football teams, some of whom have been flying regularly with us for more than ten years.

Jet services commenced between London City Airport and Edinburgh in May 2005.
ScotAirways Director Merlyn Suckling (right) cuts the 20th Anniversary cake at the Business Travel Show 2006 at Olympia with Steve Savage, former Director of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Some Key Dates:

Suckling Aviation was founded in 1984 by Roy and Merlyn Suckling, as an air-taxi operator based at Ipswich Airport, primarily to cater for the shipping and marine traffic between Felixstowe Port and Europoort, Rotterdam.

  • 2011: July: A natural full circle, as ScotAirways re-brands to its former name of Suckling Airways once again. Suckling is re-born on the date of the 100% purchase of the airline by Scotland’s Airline, Loganair. Suckling and Loganair will continue to offer independent services, maintaining their own AOC’s and licences, but will compliment each other’s operations in key areas.

  • 2011: April: More activity for Blue Islands as ScotAirways provides the aircraft and crews which enable to launch of the new Blue Islands services between Jersey and London City Airport.

  • 2011: The year starts well for ScotAirways with a new long-term customer – Aer Arann, which sees two Dornier 328’s based in Dublin to operate many of Aer Arann’s domestic Irish services.

  • 2010: Autumn – ScotAirways operates the European Tour for World famous jazz musician Herbie Hancock, taking in Sofia, Istanbul, Kiev, Helsinki, Lisbon, Porto and ending at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, as well as other destinations over a twenty day period – showing the capability of the Dornier 328 to operate longer missions for customers

  • 2010: April: ScotAirways provides two aircraft to UK political parties for the one month duration of the UK General Election campaign.

  • 2010: January: ScotAirways joins the ERAA (European Regional Airlines Association) as a full member.

  • 2009: October: ScotAirways is once again nominated as ‘Best UK Charter Airline – Passenger’ by the Baltic Air Charter Association.

  • 2009: September: ScotAirways moves its head office to The Quorum in Cambridge, to allow all head-office staff to operate from the same location.

  • 2009: ScotAirways begins a new partnership with Svenska Direktflyg AB, opening its first non-UK ACMI contract to provide flights between Sundsvall and Gothenburg. Initially for ten weeks, the contract is quickly extended to more than a year of flying commitment, with the ultimate aim of a permanent Sundsvall base.

  • 2008: Eindhoven is added to the CityJet network, from London City Airport. Initially for one month, the route is operated successfully for more than a year.

  • 2007: November. A new contract commences with Blue Islands, a Channel Islands based airline, who take one Dornier 328 aircraft on an initial one-year deal to provide ACMI services from Guernsey and Jersey to the Isle of Man, Zurich, Southampton and Geneva. This activity subsequently extends to an on-going flying commitment of over 2.5 years.

  • 2007: September. A major development for ScotAirways as it announces a far-reaching partnership with CityJet, the Irish subsidiary, 100% owned by Air France. ScotAirways hands over its scheduled services to CityJet, in return for a long-term contract to operate them, and other routes, as an ACMI provider to CityJet. As such, Dundee and Edinburgh to London City are joined in the route network by Strasbourg flights. Southampton to Amsterdam is ended as part of the strategic move to ACMI and charter operations.

  • 2007: ScotAirways nominated by BACA as ‘Best UK Charter Airline – Passenger’. In February 2007, wet-lease flights on behalf of CityJet for Air France commence between Belfast and London City Airport.

  • 2006: ScotAirways is nominated as ‘Best UK Domestic Airline’ by the prominent business travel magazine ‘Buying Business Travel’. In addition, for the third year in succession ScotAirways wins the award for most on-time airline between Edinburgh and London, once again beating British Airways, BMI, easyJet and BA Connect.

  • 2006: February: ScotAirways celebrates its 20th Anniversary as a scheduled airline with a celebration in London’s Olympia at the Business Travel Show. In addition, the BBC marks the occasion with a follow-up to its original documentary, called ’40 minutes On’.

  • 2005: ScotAirways selects SITA to be its provider for all airline business IT systems, including Gabriel Reservations, SITA Departure Control System and SITA Passenger Revenue Accounting. As a result of this development, ScotAirways begins its IATA e-ticketing programme, and ends 2005 as a 100% e-ticket airline, winning praise from its corporate market.

  • 2004:    ScotAirways is the most punctual London to Edinburgh Airline!  As proven by figures released on the 12th September by the independent travel website www.flightontime.info, ScotAirways beats all of its competitors to become the most on-time carrier flying between the Capital of England and the Capital of Scotland, great news for the tens of thousands of business travellers who use ScotAirways each year. Edinburgh/London is the busiest air route in Europe, with five carriers serving the London Airports.

  • 2003:  June, ScotAirways opens its first dedicated Executive Lounge at Edinburgh Airport. Adjacent to gate 3, the gate used for the majority of ScotAirways departures and arrivals, the lounge is operated from 0530 – 1915 each weekday. In addition, ScotAirways also opens its own ticket desk at Edinburgh Airport. Edinburgh – London City now grows to fourteen daily departures in each direction, utilising four aircraft.

  • 2003: February, ScotAirways signs a new commercial agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to allow seamless connections to take place between either Airline’s flights at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. In total, over 400 destinations can now be reached with a simple connection from Southampton.

  • 2001: December, On-line booking launched on the new look ScotAirways website, www.scotairways.com.

  • 2001: January, The Edinburgh/London City service increases in frequency to 9 daily return flights.  In total, the fleet size is now 8 and the expected passenger figure for 2001 in the region of 240,000.  In August, a full ticketing and codeshare agreement is signed with British European.

  • 2000: November, a special reception is held at The House of Commons to celebrate the first anniversary of the ‘ScotAirways’ brand, and also to launch the new-look cabin crew uniforms.

  • 2000:  January, The final Dornier 228 aircraft is retired from the Cambridge/Amsterdam route in January to be replaced by Dornier 328 services. The Dundee maintenance hangar and reservations call centre are opened. Edinburgh/London City route commences with 3 return flights each day. By September, seven return flights are offered. The strategy behind this was to change the overall mindset of passengers using London City Airport who previously had felt that only Heathrow would provide the necessary flight frequency for business travellers.

  • 1999: March and April saw the commencement of the London City operation with routes commenced from Glasgow and Dundee. October 1999 saw the re-branding of Suckling Airways to ScotAirways to reflect the growing focus on the Scottish operation to London City, as a result of an investment by Brian Souter and Ann Gloag.

  • 1998: January: operations on Southampton/Amsterdam route commence.  The route is initially operated as a codeshare with KLM UK.

  • 1996: In October 1996, Suckling Airways commenced flights on an eighteen-month contract on behalf of AirUK on the London Stansted/Zurich service. Operated as a wet lease, the operation included the re-branding of a Dornier 328 aircraft into AirUK colours, and staff into AirUK uniform.

  • 1995: First Dornier 328 Aircraft was introduced. G-BWIR took to the skies in October on the London Luton/Paris CDG service, a route taken over from British Airways. At the same time, the Luton engineering facility was opened.

  • 1994: Suckling Airways finished as the most reliable and on-time airline at Schiphol Airport, beating the other 83 scheduled carriers. In total, over 6,000 scheduled flights were operated through Amsterdam in that year. 1994 also saw the commencement of services from Luton.

  • 1993: Suckling Airways launched flights between Manchester and Amsterdam in competition with both British Airways and KLM, and had the very real advantage of offering the first departure to Manchester every morning. This led to immediate success for the route, together with an excellent relationship with the competitor carriers as customers moved between the three airlines to suit their business needs.

  • 1990: The airline was featured in a BBC ’40 minutes’ documentary, ‘Darling, lets start an airline’.

  • 1988: Suckling Airways left Ipswich Airport and moved to Cambridge, which is still head-office today.

  • 1986: The first Suckling Airways ‘First’ was that upon commencement of its operations it became the first entirely non-smoking airline in Europe.

  • 1986: The first scheduled service takes to the skies in April 1986 as Suckling Airways. The first flight was from Ipswich Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol, and was operated by the airline’s first Dornier 228, G-BMMR.