Northernlights From Iceland, joined May 2004, 87 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3131 times:
Just in on the Icelandic TV Teletext News (directly translated):
"The Icelandic investment company that already owns Iceland Express and Sterling Airlines from Denmark, has purchased the Danish airline Maersk Air. With this new acquisition almost all flight operations from the Danes, with the exception SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, are now in the hands of Icelanders".
How about this news?
This is quite remarkable for a nation of less than 300.000 inhabitants, imagine there are 3 big airline groups here! The above mentioned Fons Group, the Avion Group (Air Atlanta, Excel Airways, Travel City Direct Airlines) and the FL Group (Icelandair, Loftleidir Icelandic, Air Iceland, FL leasing, 11% shares of Easyjet)
AMSSFO From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 953 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 2881 times:
I assume that Maersk was still part of the Maersk group? Now they have sold the airline, are they going to rename the airline?
Or merge it with Sterling? I do not really know either of them; are they very different companies?
CRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2264 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
Quoting AMSSFO (Reply 3): I do not really know either of them; are they very different companies?
Both Maersk and Sterling operated charter/leisure routes to Southern Europe for decades. In the late 1990s both airlines were transformed into good quality low-fare carriers and started the Scandinavian LCC "revolution".
If Sterling and Maersk merge it will be a powerful airline with an economic B737NG fleet and a big, well-established customer following. Look out, Ryanair and easyJet, I say... the Danes are coming (with a little help from Bjork and her fellow Icelanders).
Copenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 599 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
I think it is the the best happening. 2-3 month ago a development company was going to bye both companies to merge them. It was told openly inside the airlines industry. The Maersk people have to thinking different. Before they had a company with ties. Maersk is a company behaving conservative. The new Island guy, well in fact I like him. Representing the new airline in t-shirt and jeans, and some leather around his arm. Maybe I should try to make an advertise, saying "you need me"
PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7056 posts, RR: 63
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
I flew Maersk last month (on a 737-500). Very odd. Their seats are S, M and L. That's Small, Medium and Large. They sell you a 'Small' (which is an ordinary 737 economy seat) and then offer you the opportunity on board to 'upgrade' to a Medium (more leg room) or a Large (a wider seat, I think).
Didn't like it and the interior was dreary. Not an airline I'd hurry to fly again.