Loganair Is Put up for Sale
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Loganair Is Put up for Sale

DALLAS – Brothers Stephen and Peter Bond have announced that they are to sell their Scottish airline Loganair (LM).

The brothers, 72 and 61 years old, respectively, have owned the carrier for 25 years and helped LM to become the UK’s biggest regional operator.

The airline has a proud Scottish heritage which was highlighted when the airline became an independent carrier again in 2017 after 24 years of franchise operations. Photo: Loganair

Passing on the Baton

Peter Simpson, LM’s Executive Chairman, told The Sunday Times newspaper, “It’s been a success story in terms of where we’ve got to, and the shareholders now feel it’s the right time to pass the baton onto new owners.”

Arrowpoint Advisory has been appointed to look for a buyer. However, city analysts have said that the airline may have a relatively low value due to the current uncertainty in the aviation industry and LM’s thin profit margins.

This comes after the airline doubled revenues to £161m (US$178.5m) and posted earnings of £9m (US$9.9m) in the year to March 2022. It is now forecasting revenues of £240 million (US$266m) and earnings of over £15m (US$16.6m) for the current financial year.

LM Britten Norman BN-2A Islander (G-BJOP). Photo: Loganair

Humble Beginnings

The Bond brothers took over the running of Loganair from British Midland (BD) in 1997. At the time, LM had a fleet of just one, 18-seater de Havilland Twin Otter and five, eight-seater Britten Norman Islanders in its fleet, plus just 44 employees.

Today, LM has a fleet of 42 aircraft, including Saab 340, ATR-42, de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, and Embraer ERJ-135 and -145 regional jets. It currently operates a network of around 80 routes across the UK, Ireland, and Norway, and has recently announced a bumper summer 2023 schedule.

Featured Image: The Bond brothers have controlled the airline since the management buyout from British Midland (BD) in 1997. Loganair G-LGNH Saab 340B. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

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Writer, aviation fanatic, and Airways European Deputy Editor, Lee is a plant geek and part-time Flight Attendant for a UK-based airline. Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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