Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has today welcomed news that Loganair is set to carry defibrillators on their planes in line with industry practice.
The news comes on the back of representations Orkney’s MSP made to Loganair at the turn of the year, following concerns raised by constituents. In a letter to Loganair, Mr McArthur drew attention to reports that the airline was one of the few in the UK that did not carry defibrillators on their aircraft.
At the time, Loganair’s Managing Director, Jonathan Hinkles agreed to investigate the matter, taking into consideration the type of services Loganair operates. In a response this week, Mr Hinkles confirmed “a contract for the supply of defibrillator equipment for our aircraft within the next three weeks.” He added: “Stowages on the aircraft have been identified and we have already had productive discussions with the CAA to agree our training plan and the electronic isolation issues.”
Inter-isles Islander aircraft, however, will not be fitted with defibrillators. Unsurprisingly, Mr Hinkles confirmed such a move was “impractical because of the seating layout on board.”
Loganair are aiming to implement the new arrangements over the summer this year.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“We know that defibrillators can save lives, but are best used in the first 10 minutes of a heart attack. Waiting for an emergency landing, in many instances, is not a practical option.
“I therefore welcome the steps Loganair is now taking to address the concerns I raised on behalf of constituents. Clearly, there was work that needed to be done to assess how defibrillators might be used on shorter fights with single cabin crew, but it is good news that Loganair has been able to find a workable solution.
“This move shows a commitment from Loganair to Orkney’s lifeline air services and will provide added assistance to the airline's passengers, not least patients traveling between the islands and mainland Scotland for hospital treatment.”