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Great Dane Airlines' first aircraft at Aalborg (photo: Ole Kirchert Christensen)

Great Dane Airlines unveils first aircraft, start date

The Aalborg-based regional start-up has shown off its first aircraft, previously flown by Flybe and ready for charter and scheduled flights.

The regional start-up carrier Great Dane Airlines has unveiled its first aircraft at Aalborg Airport, an Embraer 195, painted in the new operator’s livery.

The aircraft, EI-GGC, dating from 2008 and previously flown by Flybe, is owned by the Cayman Islands-based lessor Propius, which has connections with Stobart Air, a company recently acquired, along with Flybe, by Connect Airways, HMG Aerospace reports.

The new airline is planning to serve three destinations from Aalborg in northern Denmark – Edinburgh, Nice and Dublin.

The first Great Dane Airlines flight is scheduled for June 14, a charter to Rhodes on behalf of Bravo Tours. Later the scheduled routes will begin.

First of two
The E195 is the first of two for Great Dane Airlines. It arrived from Dublin and is now registered as OY-GDA, or Alpha as the pilots are already calling the aircraft, while Bravo, OY-GDB, is due to arrive in a little more than a month’s time.

“[Here] stands the solid evidence of years of planning, many months of hard work, a team spirit and an unwavering belief that Danish aviation needs a company that has values such as presence and focus on the region’s needs,” declared CEO Thomas Hugo Møller in his welcome speech.

“It’s a great day for all of us at Great Dane, it’s a great day for North Jutland and a great day for Danish aviation.”

Karsten Lauritzen, a local who is also and MP and Denmark’s tax minister, pledged his support for the new airline.

“I really think that what you have created is a good picture of what we need in North Jutland. It is at least time for us to get a North Jutland airline, and I am convinced it will be a great success. But if there is something that I or some of the other elected representatives in North Jutland can do for you, then remember to ask because we would very much like to help,” he said.

Generously pitched
Great Dane has already been contracted for flights to Egypt and Gran Canaria for the coming winter season, Bravo Tours CEO Peder Hornshøj told Check-In.dk.

With 118 leather seats, the ERJ-195LR aircraft has a 31-inch seat pitch, two inches more than what many other charter airlines offer.

Great Dane Airlines still lacks an Air Operators Certificate for making passenger flights for more than 20 passengers. The last time such a license was issued was in 2017, when Billund-based Blackbird Air Charter was granted one.

Great Dane has been majority-owned since March by investor SEBC Holding, which has diverse interests in hotel operations, business software and a motor-racing circuit.

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