Loganair strengthens management ahead of operations in its own right

Loganair strengthens management ahead of operations in its own right

Two senior management appointments have been made by Loganair.

The additions come as the Scottish carrier prepares to operate flights in its own right after 24 years of working under franchise agreements with other airlines.

Finance director David Dishon and commercial director Kay Ryan both bring transport industry experience to Glasgow-based Loganair.

Dishon was previously finance and commercial director of Caledonian Sleeper and route finance controller in Scotland for Network Rail.

He takes up corporate board responsibility with Loganair, joining managing director Jonathan Hinkles, chairman David Harrison and Peter Simpson, chief executive of parent company AIL Group.

Former Eastern Airways commercial director previously held senior positions at Thomas Cook Group.

Loganair has operated its services under franchise agreements with British Airways, from 1993 to 2007, and latterly with Flybe from 2007.

The current franchise arrangement with Flybe will conclude on August 31, although the two airlines continue to discuss opportunities to work together in future.

Loganair’s long-standing codeshare arrangement with British Airways will continue, enabling travellers to make a single booking for a journey from points throughout the Highlands and Islands to London and onwards to BA’s global network.

Loganair will operate flights in its own right from September 1 under a new tartan livery.

Hinkles said “All of us are very much looking forward to providing the highest standards of safety, punctuality and customer service synonymous with the Loganair name in this new era, and there are many tasks to be carried out to a tight deadline to make that happen.

“It’s important to get the right team in place, and David and Kay have been carefully chosen to play key roles in taking the transition forward.”

Dishon said: “This is both a challenge and a fantastic opportunity at what is an important time for the airline.

“Loganair has flown as a franchise carrier for larger airlines over the last two decades, but there is a still a huge level of recognition and affinity for the brand throughout Scotland and beyond.”

Ryan said: “I’m very excited to be joining such a great organisation at such an important time in its history.Loganair is an iconic name in the airline industry.”

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