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Air Greenland

Air Greenland
The air greenland workmark and starburst trademark in red on a white background
AirlineAir Greenland
Founded, 1960 (as Greenlandair)
* Copenhagen * Ilulissat * Narsarsuaq (helicopter) * Nerlerit Inaat (helicopter) * Nuuk * Qaqortoq (helicopter) * Tasiilaq (helicopter) * Thule Air Base (helicopter) * Upernavik (helicopter) * Uummannaq (helicopter)
Airline hubKangerlussuaq
Frequent-flyer programnone (EuroBonus "suspended" 1 January 2010)
Member loungeNovia Business Class Lounge
SubsidiariesSubsidiaries List
* Arctic Umiaq Line A/S (50%) * Greenland Travel A/S * Hotel Arctic A/S * World of Greenland A/S * World of Greenland Arctic Circle A/S

Fleet size34
Company sloganWe bring out the best
Parent companyOwnership
* Government of Greenland (37.5%) * SAS Group (37.5%) * Government of Denmark (25%)

HeadquartersNuuk, Greenland
Key peopleMichael Binzer (CEO)
Revenue(-) DKK1,112,900,000 (FY 2009)
Operating income(-) DKK50,000,000 (FY 2009)
Net income(-) DKK36,800,000 (FY 2009)
Total assets(+) DKK611,700,000 (FY 2009)

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Air Greenland A/S is the flag carrier airline of Greenland, jointly owned by the government of Greenland, the SAS Group, and the government of Denmark. It operates a fleet of 38 aircraft, including one airliner used for transatlantic and charter flights, 10 fixed-wing aircraft primarily serving the domestic network, and 26 helicopters feeding passengers from the smaller communities into the domestic airport network. Flights to heliports in the remote settlements are operated on contract with the government of Greenland.

Founded in 1960, the airline started its first services with PBY Catalina water planes, later in the same decade expanding its fleet to include DHC-3 Otter light planes and Sikorsky S-61 helicopters, some of which remain in active service. During the late 1960s and 1970s the majority of aircraft operations in Greenland were based on helicopters. Only in the late 1970s and early 1980s the newly established Greenland Home Rule invested in a network of short takeoff and landing airports, serviced by the new additions to the Air Greenland fleet: the De Havilland Canada Dash-7 turboprops uniquely suited to the harsh terrain and weather conditions in Greenland. The reliability of connections improved as the domestic airport network expanded in the 1990s: the airline was less reliant on weather, with the Dash-7 planes covering the majority of towns in the country. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Air Greenland acquired two airliners, a Boeing 757 and an Airbus A330, opening its first connections to Copenhagen. By 2003, Air Greenland was the only airline providing scheduled services to Denmark.

Besides scheduled services and contractual flights to most villages in the country, the airline operations diversified into specialized charter services for the booming energy and mineral resource industries, as well as the increasing tourism industry in Greenland. Other services involve ambulance flights, supplies to remote research stations, and rescue flights. Air Greenland has two subsidiaries, a travel agency offering flights to tourist destinations such as the inner parts of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and Arctic Umiaq Line, a passenger and cargo ferry, serving coastal communities of western and southern Greenland, and supplementing the airport network.

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