Air Ecosse

Air Ecosse was a Scottish commuter airline based in Aberdeen operating in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. They flew between Aberdeen and cities in northern England, such as Liverpool and Carlisle as well as to Edinburgh and Glasgow.[1] They also carried out mail flights for the Royal Mail. The company's first scheduled flight was in June 1977, between Aberdeen and Wick.[2] By 1985 the company had 165 employees.[2]

Air Ecosse
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJune 1977
Ceased operationsNovember 1988 (rebranded as Aberdeen Airways)
HubsAberdeen Airport
Northern England
Parent companyFairflight Charters
HeadquartersAberdeen Airport

Air Ecosse was a subsidiary of Fairflight Charters based at Biggin Hill. In November 1988 it was taken over by Peregrine Air Services Limited.[3] The new company became Aberdeen Airways (Callsign: Granite). Aberdeen Airways subsequently also filed for bankruptcy protection, moved to East Midlands (EMA) and finally died.


The airline was formed in June 1977 as a subsidiary of Fairflight Charters based at Biggin Hill in Kent, England.[4] The airline started flights from Aberdeen to Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, Wick and Sumburgh.

In the 1980s, the airline started flights to other destinations such as Edinburgh, Liverpool and Carlisle. The airline also started flights for the Royal Mail.[5]




Faroe Islands

Northern Ireland


The Republic of Ireland


Air Ecosse had the following aircraft in their fleet at the time that operations ceased;


  1. ^ "Air Ecosse". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Imrie, Ian (30 June 1981). "How it can pay to think small when island hopping". The Glasgow Herald. p. 9. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Another Scottish airline takes off". The Herald. 8 March 1989. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
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