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Air Greenland Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq (pics/vid)  
User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 20949 times:

I promised myself, when flying over Greenland en route to North America, to fly one day to Greenland and it was a dream come true !

This is quite an unusual Trip. Obviously, its not everyday that you get the chance to fly on Air Greenland ! Their A330 wears surely one of the more gorgeous colorshemes.

You surely dont know a lot of people who travelled to Greenland. Once there, you understand that this is still one of the most marvellous destinations ! So don't be scared by the cold Weather ! I had 24Hours Sunshine with the midnight Sun and comfortable 10° Celsius.
Before all, I was most excited about taking this Plane !


15 July 2007
Air Greenland 781
Copenhagen (CPH) - Kangerlussuaq (SFJ)
Airbus A330-223 OY-GRN
Scheduled Departure Time: 09:15
Actual Departure Time: 09:15
Scheduled Arrival Time: 09:45
Actual Arrival Time: 09:25
Flying Time: 04:10

The Plane was almost empty. This was strange as all other flights to Greenland during the Week were absolutely full. The girl at the Check-in told that usually the process nears Chaos. This time we were lucky and had the choice to take a window seat at the back of the plane which would give us the best views.

Emergency Demonstration was made by the Staff, as the IFE Screens were not working at that time. the demonstration was made in Danish and in greenlandic but not in English !!! Anyway, quickly the Pilot announced (this time in english) that we would have a smooth ride to greenland that would last 04H10 !!

Doors were closed and we were on our way to Greenland !

Departure from Copenhagen :

The routing was Copenhagen-Aarhus-South of Stavanger - north of Faroes Island - Northern Tip of Iceland and then into Greenland.

30 minutes after take-off the crew served Drinks, for the aperitif, but also for the meals and the cafe, if someone would take a Cognac ! So I ended with three drinks on my traytable !


The view outside was fantastic as we flew over Greenland, even if it was cloudy.

Inside the Plane

The meal was served with a choice of Beef or Pasta. I choosed the beef which was OK !

Soon we approached the greenlandic Airspace. The sky was deep Blue and the view outside astonishing !
The thing with such a flight is that there is not a lot to say about the service or the plane, everything happens outside, you just need a window seat as you fly over one of the most marvellous places on earth. Obviously, I had no interest in watching the film on the IFE, which finally started working. I just turned on the Geovision to know where we were!

Approaching the east coast of Greenland

The ice breaks



slowly the mountains disappear and we fly over the Inlandsis. White, white, white....so white that you dont really know where you are, you can differentiate between clouds or snow

Video as we reach the cost of Greenland and the Landing in Kangerlussuaq :

20 minutes ahead of schedule, we landed in SFJ in the middle of nowhere !!
Just a runway, no real town ot city, just an airport (former US Base) used by Air Greenland like a mini hub for the connections to more remote places on the coast.
If you think that this trip report is short, I will agree, as said before, there is not so much to say about the flight. 4Hours is short, especially with the amazing view that you get outside the window. Service was professionnal and efficient, not less not more. The Crews fly the return trip within a day. Catering was not special, but OK. The real special thing is the colour sheme of the plane, this is the most beautifull A330 that I ever saw.

All in all, if you ever get the opportunity to take a ride to Greenland, don't miss it ! This is the kind of place that you remember for a lifetime.

I will try to post a trip report about my flight to Ilulissat later.

Not so much airline related, but here some pictures of the Disko Bay with the midnight Sun

The midnight Sun

Hope you enjoyed the report


36 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1554 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 20916 times:

Great Report I have always been curious about flying Air Greenland you don't see many Trip reports concerning Greenland.

User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 20906 times:

What an amazing trip report! Certainly nothing that I have seen here in a.net. I always wondered to myself how it would look landing in Greenland! Great pictures as well, it looks like a beautiful place worth of visiting! Those pictures with the midnight sun are amazing. The videos are very very cool as well

Hope you write the return trip as well!



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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 20869 times:

Great report! Thanks for reporting your experience, it's not that often we get a TR to Greenland! (let alone experiencing it ourselves  Wink)

"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineCybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 530 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 20861 times:

Wow!! amazing T.R man!!...Awesome pictures and the videos were simply great. In fact is the first time i see something from Greenland!! Lovely place indeed....you must feel like S.Clause!!...Good job bro and keep working on T.R like this one.



LAN Excellence in Flight
User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 20807 times:

Really beautiful pictures! I've always wondered what it would be like flying with Air Greenland.

How did you like CPH? I'm going to be transferring through there in a few weeks and was curious as to what to expect.

Awesome TR again!

Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 20751 times:

I am so glad you did a trip report on Air Greenland! I share your fascination with Greenland, which I also became infected with from the first time I overflew it--on DL 85 in the early 1990s as a former Pan Am A310.

I have even gone to the extent of finding the World Air Routes DVD on Air Greenland and watched it the other day. Their paint scheme is beautiful as you said. The Dash 7s look great too.

And your pictures of the icebergs and the midnight sun are stunning.

I have heard that CPH-Greenland flights are domestic. Did you go through customs at SFJ or was it domestic?

Also, did you know Air Greenland recently started flights to North America (SFJ-BWI) on a 757 a couple times a week?

Please post more from your other Greenland flights when you get a chance.
Great job!

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7100 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 20628 times:


that's a great report with truly awesome pictures! Interesting to read about Air Greenland, probably the first report on a.net. OY-GRN seems to operate with the former Sabena interior.


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20567 times:

Wow. Fantastic. Thanks for posting.

User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20560 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
OY-GRN seems to operate with the former Sabena interior.

Is it a former Sabena aircraft?

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7100 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20533 times:

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 9):
Is it a former Sabena aircraft?

Yes, ex-OO-SFP:

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Photo © Giovanni Verbeeck
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Photo © Andreas Heilmann


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17697 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 20484 times:

Thank you for this amazing TR. Really cool pics,

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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 20341 times:

A fantastic trip report! This is one airline I want to fly, and I WILL do this sometime hopefully soon.

I do agree that the colourscheme does look fantastic on the A330. And that safety card, sure does look very very tempting....

User currently offlineDoor5right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 20268 times:

Excellent report and pictures. Most enjoyable.

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineMack8994 From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 20089 times:

Hello, very nice TR... it was certainly different. The A330 looks nice in an all red scheme. Great pics! Keep them coming.

Mack8994 (aka Greg)

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar!
User currently offlineOsprey88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 19897 times:

Great trip report!

I have always wanted to come back from Europe in an interesting way and my dream would be to connect on GL through GPH-UAK-GOH-SFJ-BWI, which would include some of my favorite planes in beautiful liverys, the 757 and the Dash 7!

Great experience and I look forward to your trip report to Ilulissat.

"Reading departure signs in some big airports reminds me of the places I've been"
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 19819 times:

Amazing pictures of the landscape !

Quoting Myk (Thread starter):
I promised myself, when flying over Greenland en route to North America, to fly one day to Greenland and it was a dream come true !

Copy that, but for me still the very last part needs to be realized. Maybe next year ...  sigh 

Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 19776 times:

Really interesting report, thanks for sharing!

I've always fancied visiting Greenland myself, how are things in terms of hotels, getting to interesting places etc.? And perhaps most importantly, is it expensive?!?!



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12165 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 19747 times:

Excellent report, looking forwards to the next installment! I've always wanted to go there too, one day, hopefully!

Dan Smile

...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlinePagophilus From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 19732 times:

Enjoyed your trip report. I flew this route in July 2003 and I enjoyed the best economy class service on Air Greenland that I have ever experienced (especially so on their 757 from Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen). (You pay for it too. I don't know what it's like now, but in 2003 it was almost impossible to get the discounted tickets during the summer season. We paid in the order of AUD$1700 for the Copenhagen-Greenland return trip.)

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4402 posts, RR: 48
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 19531 times:


Very good report here!  Smile Really amazing to see the beauty of Greenland from the air. No need to write more about it, let the pictures do it  Wink


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19502 times:

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 12):
And that safety card, sure does look very very tempting....

I agree!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 20):
Very good report here! Really amazing to see the beauty of Greenland from the air. No need to write more about it, let the pictures do it

Agreed as well!

User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 514 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19332 times:

thanks for the unusual trip report! I still remember landing in Sondrestrom, Greenland, in 1962, when I was 13 years old. Our family was flying from YVR-AMS on a Britannia, which had to make a fuel stop on the way. The routing for our flight was YVR-YYC-YEG-Sondrestrom-AMS. The entire trip took almost 22 hours, but it was quite an experience during the last years of Britannia service. I still remember, as you said, landing in the middle of nowhere. We waited in some kind of wooden structure and were served what tasted like raspberry juice, while they were fueling the aircraft.
Thanks again.

The only thing a customer should expect for his/her loyalty is good service
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19294 times:

Outstanding report with fantastic pics, I really enjoyed it, thanks for posting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Quoting DFW13L (Reply 9):
Is it a former Sabena aircraft?

Yes, ex-OO-SFP:


Cool, now I know the current operator of OO-SFP. It is the aircraft that gave me my A.net username.  Smile I flew BRU-ATL on it on June 15, 1999. It was a great flight and an unforgettable trip to the USA which I will always remember!

Quoting Myk (Thread starter):
Inside the Plane

I sat somewhere in this area, my friend had an aisle seat and I had a middle seat with an amazing seat pitch, I never felt uncomfortable on the 11+ hour flight!


User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1621 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19228 times:

Absolutely fascinating TR.......Congrats mate!

I have the following questions for you:

1, Is Kangerlussuaq the hub for Air Greenland?If not what is it?

2, What is the fleet strengh of this airline in terms of Jets?

3, What kind of J class does it have?I assume it would not have a F class.

4, Are the women there just as Hot as Iceland?

25 LHboyatDTW : Thank you for this rarity of a Trip Report. Sure it may not have much text, but as they say "A picture is worth a thousand words." However, for me it'
26 Post contains images Mexicana757 : Wonderful trip report. Really enjoyed reading it!!! Good job. Now I want to go to Greenland myself.
27 Post contains links Pagophilus : I'm not the author of the trip report, but I'll answer some of your questions. Yes. They would love to stop flying internationally to Narsarsuaq and j
28 Post contains images Infodesk : Wow, wow wow! I have long been hoping that somebody would write a report on this route here on airliners. Since my childhood I've been fascinated by G
29 Buck3y3nut : wow... excellent trip report. I love such trip reports that cover unique destinations. Air Greenland seems to be a decent airline. Thank you very much
30 Post contains links and images Myk : Dear Friends, Thanks for all your comments. Indeed, its not so often that you see a report about greenland, and in some way, its sad because its a won
31 Post contains images AllegiantAir : Great TR Myk, nice to see something out of the ordinary on this TR forum. Some day I hope to get up to Greenland.
32 Ndebele : Nice report with some great photos and an amazing video! Just like so many of us, I've seen Greenland just from 10,000 meters above when flying from E
33 OA260 : WOW ....I never knew they had A330's.....very nice and unusual TR OA260
34 N272WA : Excellent TR, really enjoyable read and unusal route! The A332 looks glorious in that scheme. Cheers, N272WA
35 Pagophilus : Back in the days when SAS used to fly to Greenland, they did have some night departures from SFJ, arriving in CPH in the morning. The first time I fl
36 Mfz : Great trip report! And as I just came back from Svalbard (79° North!) a few days ago I can more than understand your enthusiasm for the beauty of thi
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