Highland games: no BA / Loganair codeshare deal as Flybe launches in competition

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Loganair operates flights to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, primarily from Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh.  It is probably best known for its service from Glasgow to Barra, where the plane lands on the beach and the flight times are adjusted to the tide table (photo below).

Between 1993 and 2007, Loganair operated as a British Airways franchise.  In 2007, it switched to being a Flybe franchise.  It remained a British Airways codeshare partner, however, and because Flybe is a BA and avios.com partner you have been able to redeem Avios for these services.

Loganair and Flybe are ending their franchise agreement on 1st September 2017.  From that date flights will operate under the Loganair brand.

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When this news was first reported in November 2016, it was said that the British Airways codeshares would remain in place.  This would allow you to, for example, book through tickets from Heathrow to Sumburgh in Shetland via Edinburgh.

It wouldn’t have been a perfect arrangement.  Unless Loganair signed up as an Avios partner, you would not have been able to redeem Avios on these routes.  You WOULD have been able to continue to earn Avios and British Airways tier points as long as you booked revenue tickets under a BA flight code.

But nothing has been announced ….

1st September is now getting very close.  There have been no announcements from British Airways about what is happening.

As far as ba.com is concerned, destinations such as Barra simply disappear from the BA route map in three weeks time.  The flights will still be operating – and will be bookable on the Loganair website – but not as a BA codeshare.  This will create issues over through-checking of luggage and of course you won’t earn any Avios or tier points.

Last week, a statement appeared on the Loganair website.  All it says – stripping out the waffle – is “Loganair has confirmed that it is in discussion with British Airways on an expanded code share agreement, with a view to its introduction in the near future.”  On the upside, the statement implies that we could eventually see a broader deal than the current one which does not cover all Loganair routes.

And more confusion as Flybe launches a partnership with Eastern Airways

Clearly annoyed at losing its deal with Loganair, Flybe has agreed a joint venture with Eastern Airways.

Eastern will use four of its aircraft to operate the following new routes, using Flybe branded aircraft and with tickets sold via the Flybe website.  The joint venture covers services from:

  • Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow to Sumburgh, Shetland
  • Aberdeen to Kirkwall
  • Glasgow to Stornoway
  • Glasgow to Manchester

Eastern / Flybe will now operate in direct competition to Loganair on these routes.  The strategy is that flyers will remain loyal to the Flybe brand that they have used for the last eight years.

These flights will launch on 1st September.

It appears that these six routes are not available for Avios redemption, despite the Avios deal with Flybe.  You will be able to earn Avios on these flights at the standard Flybe rates although it is not possible to earn British Airways tier points.

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Comments

  1. Alvin Leong says:

    I fly Loganair quite regularly from LSI-***-LHR and beyond for 5 years and now I fly from KOI, also Loganair. Most recently I flew KOI-***-LHR-SIN on one ticket. It stinks now that nothing is available on either BA or Loganair for flights beyond August 2017. Given how often the planes fail on these route (crapped out old SAAB 340s), I want to have the security of one ticket booking when I fly. The alternative is to fly out to ABZ/GLA/EDI and connect onward on a separate booking but that either increase risks of a missed connection, or I have to waste an extra day to make sure I have enough time to connect the next day. For example, on my most recent flight, I had 1 hour connection at LHR, but the plane was 45 minutes late. However I still made the connection on time. This has to be increased to over 4 or 5 hours minimum or a whole day to be safe. And since I was on a through booking, even if I missed the connection, BA will be responsible to put me up in a hotel.

  2. Codeshare in place.
    Seems Avios redemptions are gone.

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