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Currently, ScotAirways operates six Dornier 328-110 series aircraft, and employs 107 staff. Key ACMI contract customers include Air France/CityJet, Aer Arann and Svenska Direktflyg, with ad-hoc and AOG ACMI contracts being carried out for British Airways CityFlyer, Air Southwest, VLM Airlines, BMI Regional, Golden Air Sweden and Cirrus Airlines. In addition, ScotAirways 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, tours for music stars such as. Premier League football teams in both the UK and France. Large corporations have been flown for events such as international customer visits and car launches. In 2010, ScotAirways were 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, ScotAirways 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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


(from: http://www.scotairways.co.uk/aboutus.asp) www.scotairways.co.uk