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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Years ago, I watched and recorded a brilliant documentary on Suckling Airways. It was a BBC2 40 minutes programme and was all about how Merlin and Roy Suckling had founded and started this airline.

In those days they only operated Cambridge to Amsterdam with their sole Dornier 228.

It was a fascinating programme and even relatives did the catering for the airline at home!

I know Suckling grew but I would love to know more about the company and how they became ScotAirways?

I also would love t know whether Roy and Merlin Suckling are still involved in the airline.

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User currently offlineBlooBirdie From Lesotho, joined Sep 2003, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

There's a brief history here:


User currently offlineCKT789 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

I remember seeing that programme as well. It was really good.

The Suckling's are still involved in the airline but I don't think they have a controlling interest anymore as Stagecoach owners (Brian Suter and Anne Gloag) invested in the airline a few years ago (which is when the name change happened). The main thing that arose from the buyout was the introduction of flights from Dundee to LCY to help fly Stagecoach's employees from Perth (Stagecoachs HQ) to London.


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7717 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3077 times:
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The other original route was Ipswich-MAN; they moved to RAF Wattisham after a disagreement with Ipswich City Council and then to Cambridge. They also operated Cambridge-MAN, MAN-AMS and I believe NWI-MAN, withdrawing from MAN 4 years ago?


User currently offlineBMED From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 863 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days ago) and read 3010 times:

One thing though I have never really understood the Southampton operations though? It seems pointless, why not just leave southampton and let KLM fly the route?

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5494 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

I understand the reason for naming a company after yourself, but "Suckling"? Too many connotations there, glad they changed the name!

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User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1611 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

I remember that one too!

Even making the in-flight meals in their kitchen at home!


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