Suckling Airways becomes OASES user following Loganair acquisition

    13 Aug 2012


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Charter and ACMI specialist Suckling Airways has joined the family of users of Commsoft’s OASES maintenance management software.

Suckling Airways, who maintain a separate AOC, becomes an OASES user following its acquisition by Loganair, one of Commsoft’s longest-standing customers.

The deal adds Suckling Airways’ six Dorner 328-110 regional turboprop aircraft to the existing Loganair fleet maintained in OASES. The fleet is comprised of primarily Saab 340s, plus Britten Norman Islanders and De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters – for a combined fleet total of 26 aircraft.

Suckling Airways, based at Cambridge Airport, UK, performs ACMI contract work for airlines including Air France / CityJet, Loganair and Direktflyg; has ACMI AOG contracts with carriers including British Airways, SunAir and Blue Islands; and flies to more than 100 ad hoc and seasonal charter destinations each year.  It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Glasgow-based regional airline Loganair but maintains a separate AOC, Part M and Management structure.

Suckling Airways is using the following OASES modules in conjunction with Loganair and the latter’s Part 145 approval:

  • Inventory Control & Purchasing
  • Electronic Demands
  • Reliability, Technical Log Entry & Defect Control
  • Workcard Production & Planning
  • Technical Records & Forecasting
  • Job Scheduler
  • Line maintenance control

Nick Godwin, Commsoft Business Development Director said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Suckling Airways into the OASES user community and we’re looking forward to Suckling Airways realising the same operational and cost advantages in their fleet that OASES has provided to Loganair for some years now.”

Suckling Airline exec David Knight said:
“Obtaining access to OASES is exactly the type of operating benefit that we and Loganair are looking for. This is a great opportunity to apply a first class maintenance management tool to the Dornier fleet and capitalise on the efficiency gains that it can bring us.”


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Notes to Editors:

About Commsoft

Commsoft (Communications Software (Airline Systems) Ltd) has been developing and selling aircraft maintenance software since 1971. Headquartered at Tiptree, UK, it has UK regional offices in Derby, Norwich and near Gatwick Airport as well as an office in Australia. Its flagship product is the Open Aviation Strategic Engineering System (OASES), which is in service with more than 40 airlines and maintenance organizations worldwide, supporting over 70 aviation operations.

OASES is a highly sophisticated, modular family of Oracle-based software applications that brings increased efficiency and lower costs to a wide range of MRO activities. Areas covered include among others: inventory control, purchase order processing, technical records, aircraft-check planning and recording, and line maintenance control. Designed by and for engineers, it is one of the most successful MRO software products in the world.

About Suckling Airways
Based at Cambridge Airport, Suckling Airways is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glasgow-based Loganair following its acquisition in July 2011. It employs some 60 people and operates six Dornier 328-100 aircraft. In April 2011, Suckling Airways celebrated its 25th Anniversary of scheduled service operations, with a 100% safety record, and its 27th anniversary as an AOC holder in the UK.

It performs contract ACMI work for airlines including Air France / CityJet, Loganair and Direktflyg; has AOG ACMI contracts with carriers such as British Airways CityFlyer, SunAir and Blue Islands; and flies to more than 100 UK and European charter destinations each year. It has carried the last three British Prime Ministers as well as numerous showbiz stars, musicians and Premier League soccer teams. More information available at