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Suckling Airways

Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:29 pm

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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RE: Suckling Airways

Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:38 pm

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RE: Suckling Airways

Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:36 am

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.

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Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:03 am

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?

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Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:02 am

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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RE: Suckling Airways

Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:40 am

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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RE: Suckling Airways

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:51 am

I remember that one too!

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

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