Posted on: 04 March 2016 by Mark Howells
Loganair, which is currently undergoing a three-year £3.5 million renewal programme for its Saab 340 fleet, has revealed ‘The Spirit of Orkney’, the first of 13 aircraft to be completely refitted, repainted and enhanced.
The aircraft’s interior and exterior have been completely overhauled at a cost of almost £270,000 and now feature lightweight ergonomically-designed seating to provide improved leg room; recovered interior panels to help reduce vibration; sound proofing between the interior panels and aircraft structure to improve cabin acoustics; LED lighting to enhance cabin ambience; and new carpeting.
The final touch of the renewal project saw the aircraft painted
in franchise partner Flybe’s new purple
|ttttThe Loganair Saab 340 interior 'before'|
branding. It is the fourth Loganair-owned aircraft to feature Flybe’s distinctive exterior colour branding.
Loganair’s engineering crews co-ordinated the renewal project to be completed in conjunction with the aircraft’s Heavy Maintenance Check (which is carried out every 36 months). The combined renewal and maintenance work was completed by a team of 32 engineers working in shifts seven days a week. Approximately 7000 man hours were invested in the process.
“We are extremely pleased with the completion of this, the first of 13 Saab 340 aircraft to be upgraded as part of our renewal programme. Our engineers and support teams put an incredible amount of time and effort into the project, and I’m certain our customers will appreciate their endeavour and enjoy the comfort benefits the renewal project brings to the Saab 340 fleet,” exclaimed Loganair’s chairman, David Harrison. “This Saab 340 renewal programme again underlines the commitment made by Loganair at the beginning of the year to embark on a significant investment programme to enhance the fleet and ultimately improve customer experience.”
|ttttThe Loganair Saab 340 interior 'after'|
The Saab 340 renewal project is part of a wider £15 million investment programme previously announced by Loganair, which in the 2015/16 financial year includes £4m on the purchase of two 50-seater Saab 2000 aircraft; £1.5m to buy a 31-seater Dornier 328 turboprop; and £6m investment in a new spares hub at Glasgow Airport which now houses the most regularly-used parts to allow for faster and more efficient servicing and repairs.
In addition, Loganair has invested heavily in its engineering operation, and now employs more engineers than at any other time in its history.
Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, continued, “I’m pleased to see Loganair investing in the fleet that serves our island communities. The upgrades they are making to their aircraft will improve the passenger experience, offering those on board greater comfort and convenience.
“Loganair has embarked on a significant programme of improvements, including engineering support, and is making significant investment in new planes and the existing fleet. This is another welcome step in that process and I hope passengers will start to see the benefit of this investment as soon as possible.”