Danube Wings, a trading name of VIP Wings, a.s., was the flag carrier and the national airline of Slovakia since 2007. Danube Wings operated regional scheduled services on domestic and international routes using ATR 72 aircraft. Its main hub was M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava. VIP Wings, a privately owned Slovak company., was the holder of the licences and the AOC.
VIP Wings was established on May 23, 2000, and was created from VIP Air, the first private aviation company in Slovakia.
In August 2008 operations started with ATR 72 aircraft, offering regular transport to the general public. On November 13, 2008, the company was assigned the V5 IATA code. On July 15, 2009, Danube Wings became a member of the European Regional Airlines Association.
The company faced serious economical problems and on November 20, 2013 ceased all operations on scheduled flights. According to news reports it ceased operations in December 2013 and laid off all employees.
Seasonal services to and from destinations in France were cancelled as of January 2013. On October 19, 2013 Danube Wings announced the immediate cancellation of its last remaining schedule route.
On 2 January 2010, Danube Wings Flight 8230, a Boeing 737-400, was involved in an incident when Slovak Police hid 8 explosives in passengers' luggage to test the airport's security systems. In error, one of the explosives was not removed afterwards, and was later flown to Dublin, causing an international incident.