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Suckling Airways IATA CB ICAO SAY Callsign SUCKLING Founded 1984 Hubs Dundee Airport Fleet size 6 Destinations Parent company Loganair Headquarters Cambridge Airport Cambridgeshire, England, UK Key people Merlyn Suckling, Website Suckling Airways is an airline that focuses on ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) work and ad hoc corporate charters for business and sporting organisations. It has its head office at Cambridge Airport, Cambridgeshire.[1][2] Suckling Airways (Cambridge) Ltd holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. [3] On 8 July 2011, it was announced that Glasgow based airline Loganair had agreed to buy Suckling Airways, the airline will continue to trade as a separate airline which holds its own licences and approvals. [4] The company reverted back to its registered name of Suckling Airways in July 2011, before this the company was trading as Scot Airways. The re-brand was part of the deal with LoganAir. Contents 1 History 2 Destinations 3 Fleet 4 External links 5 References History ScotAirways plane at London City Airport The airline was established in November 1984 and started operations in 1986. It was founded as Suckling Aviation by Roy and Merlyn Suckling, originally operating charter and air taxi services from a grass runway in Ipswich. Scheduled services began on 26 April, 1986 from Ipswich Airport to Manchester and Amsterdam using a single 18-seat Dornier Do228-200. The service was distinguished by the friendly 'family' atmosphere engendered by both flight and ground staff. Roy Suckling had been a flying instructor at Ipswich Flying Club, and his wife Merlyn was a lawyer. In the winter of 1987, higher than average rainfall began to cause problems at Ipswich Airport, with the grass runway reportedly being damaged by the Suckling Dornier. The damage was particularly acute at the ends of the runway where the aircraft would make its turn. Region Air, the airport operating company, complained vociferously that the Dornier was churning up the runway, and in February 1988, Suckling was forced to temporarily relocate to RAF Wattisham, before finding a more permanent home at Cambridge. Ipswich Airport has subsequently closed. A prominent moment at this time was a lengthy feature about the airline on BBC television's "40 Minutes" [5] which showed the introduction of the Dornier 228, and the in-flight meals being prepared in a private home kitchen, although by a professional chef. Modest expansion followed the airline's move to Cambridge, and the airline upgraded to the larger Fairchild Dornier 328. Services to Edinburgh began, as well as a parallel service from Norwich to the city. By 1999 the airline was carrying 110,000 passengers on its fleet of Dorniers and had started services from London City Airport to Dundee and Glasgow. ScotAirways Dornier 328 version 110, registration number G-BWIR, readies for takeoff at Dundee Airport, Tayside Region, Scotland It was during that year that investment was secured from Brian Souter, founder and chairman of the Perth-based transport group Stagecoach and his sister Ann Gloag. Souter and Gloag purchased a 90% stake in the airline for £5m and announced its rebranding as ScotAirways. The Suckling family would remain in charge of the day to day management of the airline keeping the head office in Cambridge, while Souter became chairman. The aircraft were repainted with a red tartan tailfin, still using the previous sa logo. A rather ambitious expansion programme began, establishing a hub at London City with services to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Paris, and also from Inverness and Southampton to Amsterdam. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, the airline found itself in the midst of the crisis surrounding the aviation industry. Cutbacks were required for ScotAirways’ survival, and the services from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Paris, Norwich and Cambridge were axed, some only a matter of months since their launch. With the abandonment of Cambridge Airport, Dundee effectively became the base for the carrier’s reservations and maintenance, while the head office remained in Cambridge. During 2004, the airline marked its recovery by recording its first profit in several years. Frequencies on the remaining routes were increased, with Southampton – Amsterdam and Dundee – London City operating 4 times daily and Edinburgh – London City 10 times daily. The airline carried over 200,000 passengers in 2004, achieving a far higher figure on just three routes than the previous larger network. In the face of heavy competition from British Airways on the Edinburgh to London City route, ScotAirways introduced its first jet aircraft, an 80-seat British Aerospace 146, onto the route on 9 May, 2005. Code share arrangements were put in place with Flybe on the Edinburgh service and KLM Cityhopper on the Amsterdam route. On 18 September, 2006 it was announced that Ann Gloag and Brian Souter had sold their combined stakes in the airline to Roy and Merlyn Suckling. Between 26 March 2007 and 31 December 2010[6], ScotAirways operated as a partner airline to the brand new 'CityJet for Air France' concept which took to the skies from London City Airport. ScotAirways operated its existing services to Edinburgh and Dundee as codeshare services with Air France, and in addition launched new services to George Best Belfast City Airport, Strasbourg and Eindhoven from London City Airport on behalf of CityJet. On the 10 August 2007 ScotAirways ceased operations on the Southampton-Amsterdam route, and the route to Belfast was discontinued in Spring of 2008. By the 2 September 2007 the airline stopped operating its own scheduled services, repositioning the business to concentrate on ACMI lease work.[7] In November 2007 ScotAirways began providing ACMI services for Channel Islands airline Blue Islands. One Dornier 328 was painted in the Blue Islands livery and operated routes from Jersey Airport to Geneva Airport and Zurich Airport. Roy Suckling died in late January 2008. His contribution to the airline industry was recognised by many pilots who had started their careers with his airline and had then moved on to operate larger aircraft at internationally known carriers like British Airways. On 8th July 2011 it was announced that Loganair had aquired ScotAirways which would continue to operate under its own banner as the charter division of Loganair.[8] Scot Airways became known as Suckling Airways once again as of July 2011 as part of this acquisition by Logan Air. Destinations List of Destinations Airport Brand Routes Notes  Jersey Jersey Jersey Airport Blue Islands Geneva, Zürich Until April 2010  United Kingdom  England London London City Airport CityJet Dundee, Edinburgh Until January 2011  United Kingdom  Scotland Edinburgh Edinburgh Airport CityJet London City Dundee Dundee Airport CityJet London City Engineering Base  United Kingdom Northern Ireland Derry City of Derry Airport Aer Arann Dublin Until July 2011 Fleet The ScotAirways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 25 May 2011) [9][10]: ScotAirways Fleet Aircraft Total In Service Passengers Notes Dornier 328-110 6 31/32 all white External links England portal Companies portal Aviation portal ScotAirways - Official website References ^ "Contact Us." ScotAirways. Retrieved on 29 September 2009. ^ "Local Plan 2004 map 27b - Cambridge Airport." South Cambridgeshire District Council. 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