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:
Contact Air’s (Stuttgart) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) D-AFKE (msn 11505) made an emergency landing at Stuttgart this morning due to landing gear problems. The passengers and crew escaped using the emergency chutes. The incident made headlines in Germany because one of the passengers on board was the chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic Party headed to Stuttgart to make a speech.