Scottish regional carrier Loganair raised more than £18,500 for its charity partner Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), following a special weekend of events staged to pay tribute to its Saab 340 fleet.
The airline is retiring its venerable Saab 340s after more than 24 years of service. Loganair opened the doors to its hangar at Glasgow Airport for a charity visitor day on 21 January.
All proceeds from the £25 tours, where a Saab 340, ATR 42 and Twin Otter were available to view, went directly to CHAS, which supports children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
From 20 to 21 January, Loganair also offered eight 45-minute circuit flights over Loch Lomond and the Clyde coast, with capacity for 270 people, followed by an additional flight between Glasgow and Aberdeen.
The profits from the £89 ‘farewell’ flights, which sold out in less than 12 hours, raised even more than expected thanks to Glasgow Airport waiving its usual airport fees to support the charity drive.
Luke Lovegrove, chief commercial officer at Loganair, said: “We were determined to send off our last Saab 340 aircraft with the fanfare they deserve, but had no idea our plans would be so warmly embraced by the aviation community.
“Thanks to their enthusiasm and the generosity of our staff, who kindly volunteered their time, we raised over £18,500 for CHAS, which will make a big difference to the families that they support.”
Rami Okasha, chief executive of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, added: “Loganair has used this momentous event to support the work of CHAS, helping to raise vital funds and awareness so we can provide unwavering care to children who may die young and their families, at every step on this hardest of journeys.”
A former mainstay of Loganair’s islands services, the airline’s Saab 340s have completed more than 430,000 flights, both passenger and cargo, and carried in excess of 8 million passengers over their lifetime.
The Saab 340s are being replaced by Loganair’s new ATR turboprops aircraft, which are larger, quieter and more efficient.
Image credit: Dylan Morrison/Loganair