Loganair has become one of only two airlines selected by Royal Mail to operate its mail air freight programme which delivers letters and parcels to Scotland’s major islands and into the wider UK postal network.
A new 5-year agreement, the largest single contract award in Loganair’s 54-year history, began on February 1.
On behalf of the Universal Service Provider, Loganair will use larger Saab 340 Freighter aircraft on dedicated services to Orkney and Shetland will increase the air capacity for mail and small parcel deliveries to Scotland’s islands.
The airline says the new contract will lead to the creation of 24 new Loganair jobs based in Scotland for pilots, engineers and ground handling staff. Employment opportunities are being created for pilots and engineers in Inverness and Aberdeen and for ground handling staff in Orkney and Shetland.
The airline will continue to provide the Western Isles mail service linking Inverness with Stornoway and Benbecula. It will also have new responsibilities for linking Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness and continue to fly between Inverness and the mail hub at East Midlands as part of Royal Mail’s overnight delivery network.
To provide the new contract, Loganair will expand its fleet of Saab 340 freighter aircraft from two to four. All four aircraft will be exclusively used on Royal Mail’s network and carry its well-known insignia, and one will serve as a dedicated standby aircraft that will be stationed at Inverness.