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Two key hires for Loganair leadership team

David DishonLoganair has added two key appointments to its leadership team as it prepares to operate its own flights after 24 years of working under franchise agreements with other operators.

The new members of the senior staff are finance director David Dishon (pictured) and commercial director Kay Ryan.

Mr Dishon previously worked as finance and commercial director for the Caledonian Sleeper, and prior to that, was route finance controller in Scotland for Network Rail.

He takes up corporate board responsibility with Loganair, joining managing director Jonathan Hinkles, chairman David Harrison and Peter Simpson, chief executive of parent company AIL Group.

He said: “This is both a challenge and a fantastic opportunity at what is an important time for the airline. Loganair has flown as a franchise carrier for larger airlines over the last two decades, but there is a still a huge level of recognition and affinity for the brand throughout Scotland and beyond.”

Ms Ryan was previously commercial director of Eastern Airways, and prior to that held senior positions at Thomas Cook Group.

She said: “I’m very excited to be joining such a great organisation at such an important time in its history. Loganair is an iconic name in the airline industry.”

Managing director Mr Hinkles said “It’s important to get the right team in place, and David and Kay have been carefully chosen to play key roles in taking the transition forward.”

Loganir operated its services under franchise agreements with British Airways, from 1993 to 2007, and with Flybe since 2007.   The current franchise arrangement will conclude on 31 August, although the two parties are continuing to discuss opportunities to work together in future.

Loganair’s long-standing codeshare arrangement with British Airways will also continue. 

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