Great Dane Airlines is set to debut in European skies in June 2019. The airline will launch from Aalborg, Denmark with two Embraer 195 118-seater aircraft. The aircrafts will have 12 cabin crew members and 8 pilots. The initial target of the airline will be business and charter customers.
Two once weekly flights to Nice and Dublin along with a thrice-weekly flight to Edinburgh have been announced. It has partnered with Bravo Tours to offer charter destinations such as Varna, Chania, Rhodes and Palma de Mallorca. The 4000km range of Embraer jets will open up a range of potential destinations in the future.
The Great Dane Airlines venture has been backed by Huy Duc Nguyen and Thomas Hugo Miller. Thomas Moller, a former compliance officer at Aalborg Airport where the airline is based, will be the CEO of the Airline Company. Moller said that the Great Dane Airlines will primarily focus on charter customers which are demanding new charter routes in Europe.
He added that Northern Europe does not have enough capacity in regional scheduled flights and charter flights with 100-120-seat jets, this under-capacity is the primary motivator for the launch of North Jutland based airline.
The other Nordic airline which has also launched similar-sized jets is the Norwegian Airline Widerøe which started two Embraer jets in 2018. The Airline is also planning to launch new routes to Munich, Hamburg and Liverpool. As European aviation market has seen huge consolidations happening in recent years, these small airlines will pave the way forward for more diversified routes.
The ticket price for a one-way route to Nice will start from $75 while for the Edinburgh and Dublin routes, it will be $85. The checked-in luggage and seat reservations can be availed with additional fees. With more expensive tickets, the customer will also give customers the choice to rebook. The tickets for charter routes is already on sale via agencies while tickets for scheduled flights will be available on Great Dane’s official website from March 5 2019.