ScotAirways was an English airline that focused on aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance work. It also provided ad hoc air charters for business and sporting organisations.
The airline was founded as Suckling Aviation by Roy and Merlyn Suckling in November 1984. In 1986, the airline began operating charter services from Ipswich. Scheduled passenger service began in April 1986 with flights from Ipswich Airport to Manchester and Amsterdam. Sometime in 1999, 90% of the airline's stake was purchased by Brian Souter, founder and chairman of a Perth-based transport group (Stagecoach), and his sister Ann Gloag. The airline announced its rebranding from Suckling Airways to ScotAirways. Souter became the chairman, while the Suckling family kept the head office at Cambridge Airport, Cambridgeshire, and remained in charge of the day-to-day management of the airline. A hub was established in London city, and the airline provided services to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Paris. The airline also operated from Inverness and Southampton to Amsterdam. These routes were axed only months after they were launched, following the 2001 September 11 attacks in the United States that resulted in crisis in the aviation industry. In 2004, the airline made its first profit in several years, with increasing frequency on the remaining routes. On September 2006, Souter and Gloag sold their stakes back to the Sucklings.
Between March 2007 and December 2010, ScotAirways served as a partner airline to the CityJet for Air France concept. ScotAirways provided additional new services to George Best Belfast City Airport, Strasbourg and Eindhoven from London City Airport in place of CityJet. On August 2007, operations on the Southampton-Amsterdam route were ceased, as was the route to Belfast on 2008. ScotAirways ceased all of its own scheduled services by September 2007, and began focusing on providing ACMI services for the Channel Islands airline, Blue Islands.
In 2011, Glasgow-based airline Loganair agreed to buy ScotAirways, which dropped its trading name of ScotAirways and reverted back to Suckling Airways. By April 2013, Suckling Airways ceased to operate as an airline. Its aircraft was transferred to Loganair, and the flight deck, engineering, and cabin crew became Loganair employees.