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ESTABLISHED & STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1960. FORMERLY "GREENLANDAIR" (GRL). DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO Box 1012
DK-3900 Nuuk, Greenland
GreenlandAir (GRL) was founded by (SAS) and a mining company called Kryolitselskabet. In 1962, the Greenland Provincial and the Danish State became co-owners. (GRL) began operating its first jet airliner, a 757-200 in 1998. In 2002, GreenlandAir (GRL) changed its corporate identity to Air Greenland (GRL).
MARCH 1998: JOINTLY OWNED BY GREENLAND HOME RULE GOVERNMENT, DANISH GOVERNMENT, AND SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS).
OPERATES OUT OF KASTRUP AIRPORT, COPENHAGEN.
1 757-236 (25620), EX-(GUE), SUNROCK (SNR) LEASED, 200 PAX.
APRIL 1998: 430 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 98 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 124 MMAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
1 DHC 7-103 (106), EX-USA DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY.
JUNE 1998: NUUK-BASED AIRLINE, ALSO OPERATES 2 DHC-6 TWIN OTTERS, AND 4 BOMBARDIER DH DASH 7'S. 757 BASED IN COPENHAGEN ALTERNATES FLIGHTS TO KANGERLUSSUAQ AND NARSARSUAQ, GREENLAND, OPERATED BY ICELANDAIR (ICE) NAMED "KUNUUNNGUAQ" (MEANS "KNUD THE GREAT/RESPECTED ONE").
MARCH 1999: 757 ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE OUTSOURCED TO ICELAND TECHNICAL SERVICES (ITS) (FORMERLY ICELANDAIR (ICE) TECHNICAL DIVISION).
APRIL 1999: 430 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 98 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 124 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
OCTOBER 1999: 1 DASH 7-100 (113), EX-TYROLEAN AIRWAYS.
APRIL 2000: 493 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2000: SVEN OVE NIELSEN, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, REPLACES BJARNE JORGENSEN, WHO HAS JOINED SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS). FINN OELUND, PRESIDENT.
NOVEMBER 2000: ULRIK SPANGE, ENGINEERING MANAGER, REPLACED ANDRE DAHL.
APRIL 2001: GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK OWNS 25%, GOVERNMENT OF GREENLAND 37.5%, SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) 37.5%.
April 2002: (http://www.greenlandair.gl).
June 2002: GreenlandAir changes its corporate identity to "Air Greenland" (GRL).
April 2003: 589 employees.
January 2004: 2003 After Tax = +DKK 35.4 Million/+$5.87 Million (+32%)(net profit).
February 2004: Copenhagen - Thule (A330, monthly).
April 2004: 450 employees.
April 2005: 463 employees.
April 2006: Air Greenland (GRL) plans to open the first route between Greenland and the USA in May 2007. No decision on a USA destination has been made, but the leading candidate is a weekly route between Kangerlussuaq and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. The company's financial report for 2005 shows a profit after tax of +DKK40.8 million/+$6.6 million on turnover of DKK869.7 million. Air Greenland (GRL) operates one A330-200, one 757-200, six Dash 7s and several smaller airplanes and helicopters on its domestic network. International flights will be operated out of Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq, as well as charter flights throughout Europe.
May 2006: Air Greenland (GRL) posted a +DKr40.8 million/+$6.6 million post-tax profit in 2005, on revenues of DKr870 million. The airline operates a domestic network and a connection to Copenhagen, but plans to expand to North America in May 2007. It has tentatively identified Baltimore as its first destination.
June 2006: Air Greenland (GRL) has confirmed it plans on inaugurating service from Kangerlussuaq to Baltimore in May 2007. This would be the airline's 1st route to the USA. The route will likely be served on a seasonal summer basis through October and would be operated with the airline's A330 or 757.
July 2006: Employees = 548.
September 2006: Aviareps reached a General Services Agreement (GSA)with Air Greenland (GRL) covering the US, where a new route is to open in May 2007 to Baltimore/Washington International. (GRL)operates a fleet of 24 airplanes, including one 757-200 and one A330-200 for international services.
April 2007: Air Greenland (GRL) said it posted a +DKK75 million/+$13.7 million profit in 2006 on record revenues of more than >DKK1 billion. It recorded a 2005 profit of +$6.5 million on $137.8 million in revenue.
The company also announced the election of Greenland Tourism and Business Council Communications Manager, Julia Pars as Chairman, replacing retiring Peter Gronvold Samuelsen.
May 2007: Starts Kangerlussuaq - Baltimore, using 757s, and stops on August 20th.
Air Greenland (GRL) named Michael Binzer, Managing Director, effective June 1.
June 2007: (SAS) Group unveiled a new mid-to-long-term strategy that will focus on raising annual pre-tax profit to +SEK4 billion/+$566 million and boosting passenger traffic by +20% by 2011 through divestment of non-core assets, and a renewed focus on "flying to, from and within Northern Europe."
CEO, Mats Jansson said the group will sell Spanair (SPP) and its stakes in bmi (BMA) and Air Greenland (GRL), with proceeds going toward "future capital expenditure and development." It hopes to cut costs by -SEK2.8 billion by 2011 and establish a "new cooperation model with the unions," which have created significant headaches recently at (SAS) Danmark and (SAS) Sverige. "We have to abandon the strike culture that has long existed at (SAS)," Jansson said, adding that the company is committed to "involving employees in the value that is created through profit sharing and part ownership."
This fall, the group will evaluate the future of other operations, such as (SAS) Ground Services and (SAS) Technical Services, to determine whether they will be maintained or spun off. It previously sold (SAS) Flight Academy and (SAS) Component, as well as its stake in Rezidor hotels.
March 2008: Air Greenland (GRL) reported pre-tax earnings of +DKK73.2 million/+$15.4 million in 2007, a result it said was "considerably better than anticipated," but that represented a -2.4% decrease from the +DKK75 million profit earned in 2006. It cited a "high level" of charter activity and an increase in domestic passengers as pluss, but said it suffered low load factors on routes to and from Copenhagen and Baltimore. The latter service, operated during the summer season, has been cancelled as a result of a -DKK15.1 million loss suffered last year on the route, and "predicted expected losses in the 2-digit millions" if restarted in 2008. The falling USA dollar, increased fuel costs, and competition from (SAS) and IcelandAir (ICE) made continuation of its USA service untenable, it said.
April 2008: Air Greenland (GRL) will not now resume its transatlantic connection between Kangerlussuaq and Baltimore this summer as planned. It had been due to offer ten return flights on the route during the peak season, but growing competition and increasing costs mean it would have been unlikely to make a profit. Last summer, in its 1st season serving the route, (GRL) revealed that it made a DKK 15.1 million/$3.2 million loss on the link. Preliminary figures for this year, show a significant fall in forward bookings, suggesting that this would have gone up to 2-digit millions.
January 2010: Skytech-AIC of the UK won a contract from Air Greenland (GRL) to remarket a 757-200ER during the 2nd quarter. The (RB211-535E4/11B)-powered airplane was built in 1992.
February 2010: Air Greenland (GRL) has announced plans to sell its single 757-200 later this year. It will temporarily suspend its Narsarsuaq - Copenhagen route between April 28 and June 19 and then again as of September 1 and will make it a seasonal summer only route in the future using wet-leased equipment as required. (GRL) will continue to operate up to 2 daily services between Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen with its A330-200. (GRL) will add 2 ex-Horizon Air DHC-8-200s and launch a new weekly seasonal DHC-8-200 service from Nuuk to Reykjavik Keflavik between May 8 and September 25. It has also announced plans to add Iqaluit in Canada to its regional network.
April 2010: DHC-8-202 (488, OY-GRH), delivery, ex-(C-GCTX).
May 2010: DHC-8-202 (504, OY-GRG), delivery, ex-(C-FXBO).
August 2010: Air Greenland (GRL) offers concessional fares on air services linking communities in Greenland, and flies scheduled jet airplane services to Copenhagen and Baltimore. Also performs charter, taxi, and special flights, such as air ambulance, and search & rescue.
Employees = 569.
(IATA) Code: GL - 631. (ICAO) Code: GRL - (Callsign - GREENLAND).
Parent organization/shareholders: Greenland government (37.5%); Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Group (37.5%); & Danish government (25%).
Main Base: Nuuk Airport (GOH).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Aasiaat; Alluitsup Paa; Ilulissat; Kangerlussuaq; Kulusuk Island; Maniitsoq; Nanortalik; Narsaq; Narsarsuaq; Nuuk; Paamiut; Qaanaaq; Qaarsut; Qaqortoq; Qeqertarsuaq; Sisimiut; Tasiilaq; Upernavik; & Uummannaq.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Baltimore (suspended) and Copenhagen.
Air Greenland (GRL) has wet-leased a 757-200 from Air Finland (AFZ) for its 2x-weekly seasonal service from Copenhagen Kastrup to Narsarsuaq and additional seasonal flights between Copenhagen Kastrup. and Kangerlussuaq.
September 2011: Air Greenland (GRL) has placed its 1st order for Eurocopter’s EC225 medium twin-engine helicopter, acquiring 2 of these rotary-wing aircraft for duties that are to include all-weather search and rescue (SAR) and all-weather passenger transportation missions.
With the challenging operational environment faced in Greenland, Air Greenland (GRL)’s decision validates the EC225’s role as a preferred helicopter for use in the most demanding operational conditions.
The EC225 acquisition agreement was signed in the presence of Thomas Hein, Eurocopter’s VP Sales & Customer Relations for Central Europe; Michael Binzer, Air Greenland (GRL)’s (CEO); and Jens Wittrup Willumsen, (GRL)’s Chairman of the Board. They were joined by (GRL) VP & Technical Director, Peter Bjerre, along with Florence Cassier, Eurocopter Sales Manager.
SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "GRL-2011-09-EUROCOPTER ORDER."
October 2011: Air Greenland (GRL) acquired 1 A330-200, which it has operated on lease since 2002, advised by Skytech-AIC.
March 2012: DHC-8-102 (496, OY-GRJ), ex-(C-GLVB), delivery.
June 2012: Air Greenland (GRL), in partnership with Canadian carrier First Air (BRS), has re-started flights between Nuuk (GOH) and Iqaluit (YFB), located on the south coast of Baffin Island at the head of Frobisher Bay in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The 2 airlines hold the rights to the route, but it was last served in 2001 when First Air (BRS) flew the route. Now, it is to be operated by (GRL)’s 34-seat DHC-8-202 airplanes on Mondays and Fridays, until September 3. The flight will connect with (BRS)’s daily flights to Ottawa flown with a 737-200. The original start date of June 18 was brought forward by 3 days to enable a delegation from Greenland to attend an oil and gas conference in St John’s. Iqaluit was 1 of the chosen locations for cold weather trials of the A380 back in February 2006.
July 2012: Aviovision, a Belgium-based Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software provider, signed a contract with Air Greenland (GRL), for its AVIOBOOK (EFB) system for a Class 1 iPad device.
"Air Greenland (GRL) has selected the AVIOBOOK (EFB) solution because of its flexibility which matches our need to adapt to the sometimes difficult and extreme operational environment in which we are operating, and provides us with an ideal future platform completely integrated with our existing back-office systems which will allow us to further increase our operational efficiency," said Morten Nielsen, (COO) at (GRL).
(GRL), who has multiple fixed and rotary wing bases across Greenland, intends to implement the AVIOBOOK (EFB) on a Class 1 iPad device. In addition, the AVIOBOOK BASE ground administration tool will serve the flight operations office staff to actively monitor the (EFB) devices and content, and will allow integration with (GRL)’s current back-office operations systems.
“AvioVision is extremely proud to land (GRL) as a key account in the Northern European region and is looking forward to start the implementation soon. At (GRL), we’ve found a very capable and dedicated staff who understands precisely how an (EFB) can contribute to the overall success of the airline in the short and long run. (GRL) is without doubt, a reference carrier in the region and will be a great addition to our customer base," says Kris Van den Bergh, (CEO) of AvioVision. The implementation will start in August 2012.
January 2013: Canadian aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Vector Aerospace has renewed its engine services agreement with Air Greenland (GRL). The 2-year extension includes various repairs, hot section inspections, modifications, overhaul services, and test support on the (PWC) (PT6A), (PW123) and (PT6T) series engines on (GRL) fixed and rotary wing airplanes.
“We believe this latest agreement is a direct reflection of Vectors unique ability to provide both fixed and rotary wing service to its customers,” said Jeff Poirier President of Vector Aerospace Engine Services—Atlantic.
May 2013: Cabinair Services, an SA Group subsidiary specializing in airplane interiors, has reconfigured and refurbished the interior of Air Greenland (GRL)’s A330-200.
November 2013: Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MON) will provide Continued Airworthiness Management for Air Greenland (GRL)’s A330.
May 2015: Air Greenland (GRL) has joined the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), bringing the number of airlines in membership to 53. The flag carrier of Greenland is the 3rd airline to join the (ERA) this year.
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GRL-A330-223 - 2015-02
0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (449-25620, /92 OY-GRL "KUNUUNNGUAQ"), EX-(GUE)/(SNR) 1998-01, LSD, NOT (ETOPS) EQ'PD. RTND. 200Y.
1 A330-223 (PW4168A) (230, /98 OY-GRN "NORSAQ" (MEANS THROWING BOARD (FOR HARPOON), BI MANADALA LSD 2002-10, 55C, 191Y.
2 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (561, /77 OY-ATY "NAAJA" (SEAGULL); 235, /69 OY-POF "SIORARSIOOOQ" (SANDERLING), 18Y.
3 BOMBARDIER DASH 7-103 (PT6A-50) (009, /78 OY-GRD "SAPANGAQ" (PEARL); 010, /79 OY-CBT "PAPIKKAAQ" (BIG TAIL); 020, /80 OY-CBU "NIPIKI" (SILENT); 101, /84 OY-CTC "MINNIKI" (SHORT LANDER); 106, /85 OY-GRE "TAATERAAQ" (KITTIWAKE); 113, /88 OY-GRF "SULULIK" (WING)), 009; 010; 101; 106; RTND. 50Y/COMBI/FREIGHTER.
5 BOMBARDIER DASH 8-202Q (PW123) (488, /97 OY-GRH, 2010-04; 496, /97 OY-GRJ, 2012-03; 498, /97 OY-GRK, 2011-10; 504, /97 OY-GRG, 2010-05). 37Y.
1 BEECHCRAFT KING AIR 200 (PT6A-41) (BB-1675, /99 OY-PCL), 7F. EXEC.
7 BELL 212.
2 SIKORSKY S-61N (61764, OY-HGZ, 2006-01).
2 EUROCOPTER AS350B2 ECUREUIL.
10 EUROCOPTER AS350B3, LSD 2004-04.
2 ORDERS (2014-02) EUROCOPTER EC225:
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GRL-9-SIGURD SCHJOTT - 2013-09
JENS WITTRUP WILLUMSEN, CHAIRMAN.
MICHAEL BINZER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & MANAGING DIRECTOR (2007-06).
FLEMMING KNUDSEN, PRESIDENT.
PETER BJERRE, VP & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (GOHDT)
MORTEN NIELSEN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO).
WILHELM VON PLATEN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
OVE NIELSEN, DIRECTOR FINANCE & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (GOHDV),
HANS PETER HANSEN, DIRECTOR CHARTER & FREIGHT.
MORTEN NIELSEN, DIRECTOR CUSTOMER SERVICE.
SVEND HARDENBERG, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
HANS JORGEN MORCH, DIRECTOR SALES & MARKETING.
BO MOLLER, ENGINEERING MANAGER (BFMoller@airgreenland.gl).
ARNE RASMUSSEN, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
SIGURD SCHJOTT, SAFETY MANAGER.