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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2699 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, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

There's a brief history here:

http://www.scotairways.co.uk/mediacentre.asp?Id=3


User currently offlineCKT789 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2578 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.

Jamie.


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2493 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?

David


User currently offlineBMED From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 860 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2426 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, 5008 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2311 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, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

I remember that one too!

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


Mark



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