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Your Experiences On Maersk Air?  
User currently offlineAmo757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 958 times:

hi, has anyone got any info on this airline that they wud like to share from personal experiences?...also about the in flight service and fleet, especially from the uk to european destinations.
thanx
amo

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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6420 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 942 times:

Oh yeah, Maersk Air is hard to avoid here on its homeground, Denmark.

They have a pretty large fleet of 737NG which they use for scheduled and charter flight in Europe. In addition they have a few CRJs and F50s. Their web site tells that today they have "over 40 planes" and the avarage age of the fleet is less than two years.

They are a major player in domestic traffic in Denmark.

Billund Airport in central Jutland is sort of Maersk hub from where they have scheduled routes to for instance Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Lisbon, Venice, Athens, Bussels, Istanbul, Stockholm and a few minor routes. In addition they have flown the Copenhagen - Faeroy Islands route for several decades.

Amo757, you are British. It may indicate that you are more interested in the British subsidiary Maersk Air Ltd, which is operating some feeder routes in Britain on a francisse agreement with BA. I have never flown on them. They operate a few 737s and CRJs. If I remember well they use Birmingham as sort of hub.

Estonian Air is another Maersk Air subsidiary. They operate two 737s and a few F50s from Tallinn, capital city of Estonia.

Service etc. is the same as the major carriers like BA or SAS.

Maersk Air has for several decades had a strange and unusual fleet management procedure. They get a constant flow of new planes from the factories, mainly Boeing, and when the planes are 5-6 years old, then they sell them again.

Maersk Air is a sister company to Maersk Line which is one of the largest shipping companies in the world, mainly specilizing on container traffic on all oceans. They are all members of the A.P. Moller group named after the founder shipowner Mr. A.P. Moller. On the stock market they are known as "Steamship Company of 1912".

Other major units in the A.P. Moller group are:

Maersk Drilling which produces 130% of the Danish oil consumption in the North Sea. Plus minor oil exploration and production elsewhere in the world.

Dansk Supermarked, which is a warehouse chain operating with the brands Foetex, Bilka, Netto, Salling and A-Z as a major player in Denmark, and to a minor extent in neighbour countries.

Maersk has its own shipyard.

The A.P. Moller group is by far the largest business group in Denmark, and the son the the founder Mr. Maersk McKiney Moller is considered by far the wealthiest man in the country. He stepped back as CEO last year at the age of around 80.

The A.P. Moller group has always been a very profitable business. But exactly what divisions make profit is kept rather much as a secret. It has been rumoured that Maersk Air has been a rather expensive way to show the flag (or rather the star). But in any way, even if Maersk Air operates a few dozen airliners, then they are so small compared to the rest of the group that they can hardly be noticed on the bottom line.

You don't need to worry about anything going by Maersk Air. And certainly not that they should go broke as seems to be so common for other airlines these days. Even if they gave all tickets away for free during the next ten years it wouldn't change much on their bottom line.

Regards, Preben Norholm



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineYBG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Flew with them a few times in 1996 between CPH and Odense. Their main hub is in Billund, Denmark. It may sound a strange location but this is where the head office of Lego is located. I don't know if it's still the case but they use to be a subcontractor for BA, operating a certain number of their northern European flights with CRJs, "hubbed" in Birmingham, UK. They got rid of all their F28s. They only have B738 and CRJs. As for their service O/B, nothing outstanding really, pretty much standard.

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6420 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 922 times:

YBG, the CPH - Odense route (90 miles) was discontinued in 1998 when the new Great Belt Bridge was opened for road traffic.

To please the 100,000 cityzens of Odense they have instead put in a beatiful little bus in Maersk Air livery between Odense and Billund. It's only about 50 miles.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6420 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 918 times:

Oh, I forgot to tell that Maersk Air has over and over again been praised as Europe's number one airline concerning regularity.

It's probably natural since for 30 years they have almost only used one plane type, the B737, and they are always new. In addition their Billund hub has a Cat III runway.

I have experienced a delay on Maerk Air only once. It was Copenhagen - Billund during one of the worst snow storms this country has ever experienced. We took off 30 minutes late because we had to wait and take on board passengers for two later Cimber Air ATR-42 flights on mostly parallel routes. The ATR flights were cancelled due to low visibility and extremely strong crosswind at their destinations.

Regards, Preben Norholm



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineYBG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 916 times:

Thanks for the info, Preben.

BTW Excellent description you provided there of the A.P. Moller Group.


User currently offlineAmo757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 899 times:

hey guys thanx for the info both of u, its much appreciated  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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