A Scottish airline is to retire its fleet of aircraft that has served travellers for more than two decades.

Fans of the Loganair Saab 340 fleet, a favourite on social media feeds, snapped up all the tickets for the final farewell flights in January in just a few hours.

"Having completed over 430,000 flights and carried more than eight million passengers, the Saab 340 holds a special place in Loganair's heritage," Loganair said.

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"To commemorate this extraordinary record of service, we’re throwing open the hangar doors to say farewell to the Saab 340s – with the opportunity to fly on a specially-arranged flight aboard the Saab 340s on their final weekend in service or tour our Glasgow Hangar for a last chance to see the aircraft before it leaves our fleet."

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It said it is "celebrating the legacy of the Saab 340 as we bid a fond farewell to the trusty aircraft that has formed the backbone of Loganair’s fleet for over 24 years".

Circuit flights are operating from Glasgow Airport are flying passengers on a 45-minute west coast tour, on two days.

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The airline is offloading the Saab aircraft through a £10 million sale agreement.

Loganair said the additional ATR turboprops will bring a reduction of up to 27% in carbon emissions.

Glasgow-based Loganair has been replacing eight Saab 340s aircraft with Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR's turboprops in recent months.

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Both the flights and hangar tours were sold out on the same day they were put on release.

The events attracted attention on social media, with one flyer saying: "I really hope I will be able to be part of this sad day.

"I love the Saab 340 so much and it’s a dream of mine to fly one. Hopefully I will be able to come."

One fan said on X, formerly Twitter: "Love flying on the Saabs from Orkney. Always seen it as if I'm flying on a private jet."

Another said: "It's been a bucket list item for a very long time to fly on one of these planes again. Just booked my tickets from Switzerland to Glasgow - and one of the farewell flight tickets. Can't wait."

The airline operates 42 aircraft on 70 routes.