Greenland Express (Aalborg) last operated a passenger flight on September 18, 2014 with Fokker 100s leased from Denim Air. The company had been in negotiations with BH Air to operate an Airbus A320 this summer. As the season in Greenland now starts to close, the virtual airline has now issued this statement:
Dear Greenland Express Air traveler
It is with the deepest regret we have to announce that all flights between Greenland and Denmark have been cancelled for the remainder of 2015. Unfortunately, this means that we are not able to provide the transport service, you have bought from us.
All paid amounts for bought tickets are refunded as soon as possible, and directly from the credit card companies or banks, which was originally used to process your payment.
Greenland Express Air is working to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges, which, at present, prevent us from executing our schedule this year. As soon as these challenges has been overcome, we shall provide a more detailed explanation to our customers.
Greenland Express Air deeply regret the inconvenience the cancellations causes our passengers.
Greenland Express Air
Top Image: Greenland Express. The carrier had also been planning to operate domestic flights with 19-seat Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft.
Greenland Express (Aalborg) has been officially authorized to operate domestic flights in Greenland. The virtual airline issued this statement:
Decades old monopoly on scheduled domestic flights in Greenland has finally come to an end.
Greenland Express has been waiting since last summer for authorization to start domestic flights between as many as seven Greenlandic towns, including the capital Nuuk.
The Government of Greenland decided at its meeting on April 7, 2015, to award Greenland Express with an official authorization to carry out scheduled domestic flights in Greenland, as well as giving a positive answer to the Civil Aviation authority in regards to Greenland Express being able to operate scheduled domestic passengers flights between different destinations within Greenland.
“We are obviously very pleased at the positive outcome” says director and founder of Greenland Express, Gert Brask. He continues: “With the authorization to fly domestically, we are able to transport passengers from Billund and Copenhagen right through to their final destinations in Greenland, and likewise transporting the Greenlandic people from their homeland on to the two main airports in Denmark, and at prices that opens up a whole new possibility for people travelling between Greenland and Denmark “.
Greenland Express anticipates that the domestic flights in Greenland, may commence no later than the end of August 2015. The company is currently working on route planning to seven Greenlandic towns: Nuuk, Upernavik, Ilulissat, Aasiaat, Sisimiut, Manitsoq, Paamiut as well as helicopter flights to cities in southern Greenland.
Meanwhile, the company is close to completing the purchase/lease of new aircraft as well as an helicopter, to serve the Greenlandic market with domestic flights.
“We expect to announce the details of both route networks and frequency along with the aircraft and helicopter types we will be using on our domestic routes in early June” said Gert Brask.
Images: Greenland Express. The company is still considering adding Airbus A320 for its routes to Europe.
Greenland Express (Aalborg) is planning to resume operations on May 11, 2015, this time using a leased 168-seat Airbus A320-200 from an unnamed carrier. The A320 will operate from Billund to Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq in Greenland via Copenhagen (Kastrup). The flights will operate until late October.
Last time the virtual airline depended on Denim Air Fokker 100s. The company suspended flight operations on September 18, 2014.
Greenland Express (Keflavik and Aalborg) has suspended operations according to this report by check-in.dk. The flights were being operated with a Fokker 100 operated by Denim Air (above) twice-weekly. The flights from Denmark were making a technical stop in Keflavik, Iceland which was adding to the costs incurred by the company. According to the report, the company intends to restart operations with new investors and will look at possibly using an Airbus A320 for nonstop flights to Greenland. Greenland Express will lease the aircraft directly from the leasing company.
Greenland Express has had to deal with two cancelled flights and other operational issues recently with operator Denim Air (Amsterdam) according to Nordjyske.dk. According to the report, the airline has issued refunds for the cancelled flights.
Greenland Express CEO Gert Brask also stated to the Danish website that a new investor will have to be found in the future. He will determine the time when new capital is needed.
Greenland Express Air is a Greenlandic/Danish virtual airline, established in the beginning of 2013.
Greenland Express Air chose Dutch flight operator Denim Air to operate the flights. Greenland Express Air uses a Denim Air 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft (above) on flights between Denmark and Greenland.
Greenland Express has now set the date of June 17 as its launch date, delayed from June 2. Denim Air will wet lease and operate its Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) PH-MJP (msn 11505) for the new airline in its colors. The company issued this statement:
Due to events beyond our control, Greenland Express Air is forced to postpone the start up of our new routes between Greenland, Denmark and Iceland for 15 days. Thus, the initial flight is now moved from June 2, 2014 to June 17, 2014.
Greenland Express Air uses the Dutch aircraft supplier Denim Air ACMI as operator of the Fokker 100 aircraft which is being used for the routes, and Denim Air ACMI is still awaiting the Dutch aviation authorities’ approval of the aircraft register on the company’s AOC (Airline Operators Certificate). Denim Air ACMI has informed Greenland Express Air that this approval is expected within the next few days. Hereafter, registering of the aircraft on the AOC is subject to approval from the Danish aviation authorities.
The Fokker 100 aircraft arrived as scheduled to its new base in Aalborg Airport on June 2, in Greenland Express Air livery. The aircraft has been declared ready for operations.
Greenland Express Air also has a spare aircraft available under our agreement with Denim Air ACMI. The spare aircraft is being painted into its new livery during this week. The spare aircraft is already registered on Denim Air ACMI’s AOC, and it is expected ready for flight operations no later than the new date for initial flight operations. The spare aircraft will be based in Holland and can enter into service with a few hours’ notice, should it become necessary.
Passengers who are already booked on Greenland Express Air flights affected by the above stated cancellations have been contacted directly and have been either re-booked with other carriers, re-booked at later departure dates or have received a refund of their ticket, depending on the wishes of each passenger.
Greenland Express plans to operate on the following routes:
Greenland Express will start scheduled passenger operations using a wet-leased 100-seat Fokker 100 from Denim Air on June 2 on the routes above. The first Fokker 100 will be delivered in late May and will be flown in Greenland Express colors. The wet-lease is for three years. Previously the new airline had looked at Airbus and Embraer aircraft but settled on this current arrangement.
Greenland Express (Greenland Express Air) is a new airline that expects to launch scheduled passenger operations in March or April. Denim Air will operate an Embraer 190 for the new airline. The up-start has merged with Air Arctic and Eyjaflug.
On December 16, 2013 the company issued this statement:
Greenland Express/Air Arctic hooking up through stakes
The basic idea of Greenland Express is to provide affordable traffic between Greenland, Denmark and other destinations in the North Atlantic markets, while Air Arctic will be the perfect provider of connections between our hub in Greenland and domestic destinations in this country, says Gert Brask, Greenland Express.
We have solidified our cooperation by taking stakes in each-others companies. Air Arctic thus now holds 40 percent of the shares in Greenland Express while my holding company retains 60 percent in Greenland Express as well as one-third in each of the two companies held by Air Arctic through fresh capital brought in by Air Arctics investors in Iceland and USA, says Mr Brask.
As earlier reported by newstodate, Greenland Express is to launch flights from spring 2014 with wet-leased Denim Air Embraer 190 aircraft operating on the basis of the Dutch carrier’s AOC that is immediately valid in all EU countries while still awaiting the Dutch authorities’ clearing for Arctic operations.
At the same time, Air Arctic is working on a new business plan including implementation of a fleet program comprising new ATR aircraft as well as larger jet aircraft for ACMI and charter services offered in the European market.
This was followed the next day with this announcement:
The Dutch CAA has now amended the Dutch carrier Denim Air’s AOC to allow for arctic operations.
Denim Air will provide flights for Greenland Express with an Embraer 190 aircraft capably of operating the North Atlantic routes connecting Greenland and Denmark as well as other points in the region within a route network yet to be announced.
Prior to this, Greenland Express has also obtained all other pertinent permits and commercial rights required to approach the market.
According to its website, the airline is planning the following routes:
First flights to Denmark, then the rest of the world.
The first flights will begin this summer season between: