After over two decades of service, Paisley-based aviation company Loganair bid farewell to its Saab 340 aircraft fleet. The retirement marked the end of an era, as the Saab 340s, which carried more than 8 million customers over 430,000 flights, were replaced by Loganair's new ATR turboprops.
Commemorating the Saab 340 Fleet
Loganair organized a series of events over a weekend to commemorate the fleet's retirement. These included providing tours of its hangar at Glasgow Airport, where the Saab 340, alongside the ATR 42 and Twin Otter aircraft, were exhibited. These tours, priced at £25, drew aviation enthusiasts from around the world who eagerly took the opportunity to explore the hangar's treasures.
Loganair turned this milestone into a charitable endeavour by donating all proceeds from the tours to the Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). This charity provides invaluable support to children with life-shortening conditions. Glasgow Airport also contributed to the cause by waiving its usual fees for the event. The generosity of all involved resulted in over £18,500 being raised for CHAS.
'Farewell' Flights and More
In addition to the hangar tours, Loganair offered eight 45-minute scenic flights over Loch Lomond and the Clyde coast, as well as a special flight between Glasgow and Aberdeen. These 'farewell' flights, priced at £89, sold out in under 12 hours, attesting to the popularity of the Saab 340 fleet. A range of Loganair and Saab memorabilia was also sold, including a specially created Saab 340 book. A raffle and a silent auction featuring various prizes and experiences, such as a day's work experience at Loganair's hangar, added to the fundraising efforts.
A Successful Event
The retirement event was well attended and received widespread support from the aviation community. Both Loganair's CCO, Luke Lovegrove, and CHAS's CEO, Rami Okasha, expressed their gratitude for the support and generosity that made the event a success. They also highlighted the importance of the Saab 340 fleet in the memories of many, including CHAS families who had previously enjoyed a scenic flight tour.