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Icelandic Fons Buys Maersk Air  
User currently offlineNorthernlights From Iceland, joined May 2004, 87 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3009 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)

[Edited 2005-06-30 10:25:53]

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User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

I expected Maersk Air to be sold, but not to Sterling which itself is suffering from heavy losses.

Now we only have Cimber Air as a Danish airline. In that perspective it is a sad move.

Interesting however what Maersk Group will do with Martinair if the purchase of Nedlloyd becomes reality. Probable hand of the shares to KLM/Air France..


User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

Quoting TR (Reply 1):
Now we only have Cimber Air as a Danish airline. I

What about DAT ? Are they still around ? I remember having seen a nice coloured ATR. Looked as designed by Lego.


User currently offlineAMSSFO From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 952 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2759 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?


User currently offlinePW2040 From Denmark, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

Hi Guys.

Cimber only danish airline ?????? What about DAT , Star Air

Star Air is still in the A.P.Moeller group , so it will still be possible to see the Maersk colours in the european night sky....

Greetings,
PW2040


User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2673 times:

Quoting PW2040 (Reply 4):
Cimber only danish airline ?????? What about DAT , Star Air

What about Sunair? Are they owned/managed by BA or simply operate as BA franchise?

Cheers,
Tom


User currently offlinePW2040 From Denmark, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2617 times:

Hi Tom.

Sunair is a BA franchise...

Greetings,
PW2040


User currently offlineCRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2204 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
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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).



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User currently offlineAF-A319 From France, joined Oct 1999, 603 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

What a disappointment to see such a great name leave the realm of commercial aviation  Sad

User currently offlinePW2040 From Denmark, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

That's sadly normal in aviation..... Wink

Greetings,
PW2040


User currently offlineAMSSFO From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 952 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2411 times:

Thanks CRJ900,
How were both companies doing. Sterling made heavy losses according to a reply above. What about Maersk?


User currently offlinePW2040 From Denmark, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2407 times:

Maersk did the same......

But like the new owner said minus + minus equals +  Wink

Greetings,
PW2040

[Edited 2005-07-01 20:43:21]

User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Remember they stil have Star Air flying in Maersk colours and the private jet "Jette".


It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineCopenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 599 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2328 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"  Smile

User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6936 posts, RR: 63
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2316 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.


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