Loganair has appointment former chief operating officer Jonathan Hinkles as its new managing director.
Mr Hinkles is returning to the company after four years at Virgin Atlantic – where he holds a senior role as vice-president of operations and crewing.
His arrival comes at a crucial time after the announcement of a £15 million investment programme following widespread concerns over the airline’s quality of service.
Mr Hinkles replaces Stewart Adams, who left Loganair at the end of April.
His entire 23-year career has been within the airline industry. According to Loganair he has “extensive experience” in all aspects of airline management. He will take up his post in late June.
Chairman David Harrison said: “We are extremely pleased that Jonathan is rejoining the company. During his previous time here he became well-known and respected by all our stakeholders.
“His extensive industry experience, expanded by four years at the sharp end of the Virgin Atlantic operation, combined with his deep knowledge of the Loganair operation, means Jonathan is uniquely well-qualified to lead Loganair in the coming years.
“He joins at an important time for the company, as we continue to implement previously announced initiatives to ensure punctuality and customer service are fully returned to the levels our customers have rightly come to expect over many years.”
Mr Hinkles said: “I previously spent almost four years with Loganair and this feels like coming home.
“It is a fantastic company which has long prided itself on offering a quality, customer-focused service to the Highlands and Islands, as well as many other parts of the UK and beyond.
“I’m familiar with the airline and its markets from my earlier time as chief operating officer. It’s an exciting and challenging time for the business.”