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50 Years Of Air Greenland +New Dash-8  
User currently offlineThule From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 100 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5155 times:

Air Greenland just posted a new section of their site celebrating their 50th anniversary:

http://50.airgreenland.dk/ (in Danish. Visit the Google translation for an English version.)

Included are a photo contest, a thorough history, a fleet profile of past present (and future!) aircraft, and a few other articles on this unique airline.

They also include mock-up photos of their new Dash-8-200 which they'll be receiving shortly from QX, inaugurating service this June from KEF to GOH (Nuuk) and UAK.

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User currently offlineTeneriffe77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5109 times:

Thanks for the link. Very Interesting i had no idea Air Greenland had operated so many different types. The catalina pics are outstanding

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6291 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5054 times:

Air Greenland was founded following the loss of the combined passenger and cargo ship Hans Hedtoft on 30th January 1959.

During the late 50'es it had been discussed whether year around shipping to/from and within Greenland was feasible, or it was time to establish air traffic as the main way of communication also in winter. The pro shipping people won that battle. (Until then traffic had practically only been possible in summer).

A new ship was built to serve Kongelig Grønlands Handel (Royal Greenland trade organization). Specially designed to sail in thick ice. With double hull, and the outer hull out of one inch thick steel up to six feet above water line. Seven separate lockable compartments. The ship was considered unsinkable even in the event of the worst thinkable accident.

It made its maiden voyage from Copenhagen 7th January 1959 to Greenland, where it visited several cities. On its way back on 30th January it hit an iceberg fifteen miles south of the soutmost cape of Greenland. One disstress call was received on the radio. The ship has never been found, and all 95 people on board died. It is often considered "The Danish Titanic".

Following this tragedy the plans for air traffic in Greenland were immediately undusted. Not many years later a substantial fleet of Sikorsky S61 helicopters provided the main intercity infrastructure within Greenland, while SAS served the Copenhagen - Kargerlussuaq route with DC-7, later DC-8.

Today several new runways have supplemented the helipads and Dash-7 is the major workhorse. At great expense for the taxpayers. It is expensive to build runways where you have permanent frost in the underground. Air Greenland now also serves the internatinal connection with its own A330.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineStoliBabe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

That is THE hottest livery of all. Love the color, the font, the tail logo design. And it looks great on every aircraft I've seen it on. It even managed to make the clunky, dowdy Dash 7 look hot!

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4959 times:



Quoting Teneriffe77 (Reply 1):
Thanks for the link. Very Interesting i had no idea Air Greenland had operated so many different types. The catalina pics are outstanding

The Dash 7 photos are also interesting. They must be the only photos of 4 Dash 7s flying in formation (over Greenland's capital, Nuuk).
http://50.airgreenland.dk/dhc7/


User currently offlineThule From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4941 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
The Dash 7 photos are also interesting. They must be the only photos of 4 Dash 7s flying in formation (over Greenland's capital, Nuuk).

I'd never heard about those photos either. Must've been an expensive shoot that really screwed up the schedules for that day, seeing as GL has only six of the type. I think Greenlanders are used to long delays, though.


User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6291 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4933 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
They must be the only photos of 4 Dash 7s flying in formation...

That formation flight was celebrating 25 years of Dash-7 ops by Air Greenland back in 2004.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2797 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4888 times:

Never quite understood Air Greenland's strategy in terms of [briefly] serving the U.S. Why they chose BWI rather than JFK, BOS, or IAD (likely with an interline partner such as AA, DL, or UA) is beyond me...


Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineMaersk737 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4717 times:

A few photos from my visit to Greenland in January 2009. (Kangerlussuaq):

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/gyllesprederen/Greenland/P1230196_edited-1.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/gyllesprederen/Greenland/P1230197_edited-1.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/gyllesprederen/Greenland/P1230195_edited-1.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/gyllesprederen/Greenland/P1120001_edited-1.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/gyllesprederen/Greenland/P1120005_edited-1.jpg

Cheers

Peter



I'm not proud to be a Viking, just thankfull
User currently offlinePlanemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 5925 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4556 times:

In addition to the "New Dash-8" from QX there is now the option of getting brand new Twin Otters from Viking Air... Big grin


Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. - A. Einstein
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6291 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 4462 times:



Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 7):
Never quite understood Air Greenland's strategy in terms of [briefly] serving the U.S. Why they chose BWI rather than JFK, BOS, or IAD

Air Greenland has no sheduled service to any US airport.

If you have seen an Air Greenland plane at a US airport, then it has been on a special charter flight - not unlikely for a mining company, an oil exploration company, or maybe military.

It's not an Air Greenland strategy. The charter customers decide their destinations. It is no more complicated than that.

The population of Greenland is 6,000 times smaller than the US population. Therefore there is a tight limit for how much international traffic there can be. Many US airports serve more pax each day than the total population of Greenland.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4420 times:



Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 10):
If you have seen an Air Greenland plane at a US airport, then it has been on a special charter flight - not unlikely for a mining company, an oil exploration company, or maybe military.

According to their website they had one route to USA in the summer of 2007

/Lars



139, 306, 319, 320, 321, 332, 34A, AN2, AT4, AT5, AT7, 733, 735, 73G, 738, 739, 146, AR1, BH2, CN1, CR2, DH1, DH3, DH4
User currently offlineStoliBabe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

What's with that scary looking nose on the A330 in the pics above?

User currently offlineThule From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4327 times:



Quoting Maersk737 (Reply 8):

Thanks for the pictures! Things actually look a lot more livable there in January than I'd imagined. Do you have any more? Do you think you could put together a more detailed trip report?

For some (selfish) fun, here's my own GL trip report from 2008.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4278 times:



Quoting Larshjort (Reply 11):
Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 10):
If you have seen an Air Greenland plane at a US airport, then it has been on a special charter flight - not unlikely for a mining company, an oil exploration company, or maybe military.

According to their website they had one route to USA in the summer of 2007

Yes, BWI-SFJ.


User currently offlineMaersk737 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4170 times:



Quoting StoliBabe (Reply 12):
What's with that scary looking nose on the A330 in the pics above?

Just a new "nose-dome"  Wink

Cheers

Peter



I'm not proud to be a Viking, just thankfull
User currently offlineMaersk737 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4168 times:



Quoting Thule (Reply 13):
Thanks for the pictures! Things actually look a lot more livable there in January than I'd imagined. Do you have any more? Do you think you could put together a more detailed trip report?

-31 degrees Celsius when we landed. Cold but no wind!

I do have more photos, I will try to put together a trip report!

Cheers

Peter



I'm not proud to be a Viking, just thankfull
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