Great Dane Airlines (Aalborg) filed for bankruptcy on October 11, 2021. The airline will be liquidated.
The airline announced on social media:
“Great Dane Airlines has gone bankrupt. We have struggled through time with Corona, but unfortunately we can’t fly anymore. Thank you to the many guests who have flown with us. Thanks to our partners.”
The airline commenced operations on June 14, 2019 but was heavily impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Between September 2020 and May 2021, the airline wet-leased two of its aircraft to Bamboo Airways in order to keep its aircraft and crews active.
Top Copyright Photo: Great Dane Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) OY-GDA (msn 19000213) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 946769.
Scandinavian Mountains Airport made this announcement:
Dutch BBI-Travel will relaunch the route to Scandinavian Mountains Airport starting on December 19, 2021. Two days a week, Thursdays and Sundays, Dutch passengers can now travel from Groningen Airport to Sälenfjällen and Trysil where they can enjoy real winter and skiing. The flights are in cooperation with Great Dane Airlines, which will use the pictured Embraer 195 with room for 118 passengers.
Timetable winter 2021/2022
Scandinavian Mountains Airport is located on the national border between Sweden’s largest alpine ski area of Sälen and Norway’s largest alpine ski resort of Trysil.
The region offers four ski resorts with more than 100,000 beds in hotels, apartments, cottages. The area has 250 pistes and a large selection of restaurants, entertainment, shopping and activities. Scandinavian Mountains Airport is a state-of-the-art airport with remotely controlled air traffic control tower. The terminal building has the capacity to handle four flights at once. Scandinavian Mountains Airport is wholly privately owned by 33 companies.
Top Copyright Photo: Great Dane Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) OY-GDA (msn 19000213) TFS (Richard Vandervord). Image: 949099.
Bamboo Airways is leasing two (OY-GDB and OY-GDC) Embraer ERJ 195s of Great Dane Airlines for a period of 6 months. Great Dane Airlines will also move 45 employees to Vietnam to operate the aircraft.
The aircraft will operate charter flights from Can Tho to Con Dao, Da Nang to Con Dao, and Hanoi to Con Dao. Services from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao are expected as well but not yet confirmed. Great Dane Airlines will become the first Embraer operator in Vietnam.
In a near future Bamboo could exercise its option for an additional Embraer ERJ 195 aircraft, bringing its fleet of the type to four aircraft. This would allow it to continue to pursue growth in Denmark while 2 of its planes operate in Vietnam.
The aircraft are being gradually painted in the Bamboo Airways livery. Great Dane Airlines has given Bamboo Airways the possibility to extend the wet lease agreement until the Summer of 2021, by which time it wants the aircraft back.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): OY-GDC is seen at Palma de Mallorca still flying for Great Dane Airlines. Bamboo Airways (Great Dane Airlines) Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) OY-GDC (msn 19000204) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 950868.