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Airline Couple in Festive Advert About Bringing People Together

Alison Rennie

November 16, 2021

A couple who met while working at Glasgow Airport are starring in a heartwarming new festive advert about bringing people together. Captain Lionel McClean and his wife Linda, a senior ground and in-flight trainer, star in the new advert for Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline.

The couple, who are both based at Glasgow Airport, met at work 14 years ago. In the advert, they tell the story of bringing together lost bears Logie and Lottie. They both feature as they fly lost bear Logie home and back into Lottie’s arms, after Linda finds him in her suitcase one cold winter’s evening.

Logie and Lottie were introduced as a special keepsake for children flying with the airline back in 2018, after Loganair reunited an eight-year-old girl from Orkney with her lost cuddly toy ‘Teddy’, flying him over 200 miles back to Kirkwall for a tearful homecoming.

Left: Linda on set, filming the advert.

Linda, who has been with Lionel for 11 years and married for eight, said: “Lionel and I were delighted to be asked to be part of the Christmas advert and it was a lot of fun filming together.

“Loganair is at the heart of so many stories of people coming together and through the airline, Lionel and I not only have our own tale to tell, we have been honoured to be part of that journey for so many others.”

To celebrate the story of Logie and Lottie’s reunion, Loganair is running a competition to give a family the chance to reconnect with their loved ones this Christmas. To enter the competition, families across the UK should head to Loganair’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@FlyLoganair), to tell the airline their own hopes for reuniting this Christmas.

Kay Ryan, commercial director at Loganair, said: “We are incredibly excited to be launching our very own Christmas advert and want to give a family the chance to have their own story as they reunite during the festive season.

“We are wholly committed to keeping people connected and we wanted to encapsulate that special journey of bringing loved ones back together following a Christmas where they were apart.

“It was important to us that our own people were involved in the campaign as we mark a festive period together once again and who better than Lionel and Linda who were themselves brought together via the airline.

The airline's aircraft dominate at Aberdeen


After the demise of Flybe in March 2020, Loganair took the opportunity to start operating some of Flybe's former routes expanding the route network and working with new airports such as Newquay, Southampton, Birmingham, Exeter and Belfast City.

This increase in destinations and routes mean that Loganair is now the largest operator of domestic routes in the United Kingdom and also the largest operator at Aberdeen Airport.

A fleet renewal program was put in place replacing Loganair's Dornier 328's with ATR 42's and 72's increasing the capacity on many of Loganair's core routes.

To watch Loganair’s Christmas advert, head to:

© Alison Rennie / Daily Record, 2021.

All images via The Daily Record unless stated otherwise.

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