Cimber (airline)

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Cimber A/S
Cimber (airline) Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded15 May 2012
Commenced operations16 May 2012
Ceased operations2018
HubsCopenhagen Airport
Fleet size9
Parent companyCityJet (since 2017)[2]
HeadquartersSønderborg, Denmark

Cimber A/S was a Danish airline headquartered in Sønderborg and based at Copenhagen Airport. It flies exclusively for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) on a wet lease (ACMI) contract. Cimber has been owned by CityJet since early 2017[2] and was previously a subsidiary of SAS.


Cimber Sterling went bankrupt on 3 May 2012. At that point, the airline had been flying to up to 30 destinations daily, primarily in Northern and Eastern Europe from Copenhagen Airport, on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines, with four Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. This arrangement was extended by the curator, law firm Kromann Reumert, to 16 May, as it was profitable.[3]

On 16 May, it was announced that several parts of Cimber Sterling had been sold, including the ACMI contract with Scandinavian Airlines. The buyers of the contract were former key people of Cimber Sterling, Jørgen Nielsen (son of the Cimber Air founder Ingolf Nielsen), the former juridical director Alex Dyrgaard, and the former CEO of the airline Jacob Krogsgaard. The deal included 114 employees who would continue as part of Cimber A/S.[4] At the same time, Scandinavian Airlines and Cimber A/S signed an extension of the agreement, valid till the summer 2014.[5] Cimber had no plans of flying under own name, but will only operate for other airlines. Cimber began with a share capital of DKK 600,000.[6]

In September 2014, Cimber announced the shutdown of its operations by March 2015 as Scandinavian Airlines as their single customer did not intend to renew their contracts.[7] But in December 2014, Scandinavian Airlines announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Cimber for DKK20 million (US$3.3 million). Scandinavian Airlines planned to transfer 12 CRJ900 aircraft to Cimber to operate from Copenhagen Airport and to continue with the Cimber's previous plans to retire its ATR 72 and CRJ200 aircraft.[8]

In January 2017, SAS reached an agreement with CityJet whereby CityJet bought Cimber and would continue to operate flights on behalf of SAS.[2] Cimber was merged into CityJet in 2018.[9]


Cimber does not operate any routes under its own brand. All flights are conducted on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines, within their regional and European route network.


Current Fleet[edit]

The Cimber fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[10]

Cimber fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ900ER 9 88 Operated for Scandinavian Airlines[11]
Total 9

Former Fleet[edit]

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

  • 2 further Bombardier CRJ200ER[12]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c - SAS sells CRJ900 operator Cimber to CityJet 24 January 2017
  3. ^ Ussing, Jakob (8 May 2012). "SAS er nøglen til salg af Cimber" (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  4. ^ Hove, Jacob (16 May 2012). "Cimber Sterling reddet af ansatte" (in Danish). Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  5. ^ Rying Larsen, Jonatan (16 May 2012). "SAS indgår langvarig aftale med nyt Cimber-selskab" (in Danish). Dagbladet Børsen. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  6. ^ "SAS kan bruge Cimber A/S til dansk indenrigs" (in Danish). 16 May 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Betriebseinstellung: Cimber verliert Aufträge - Austrian Aviation Net". 30 September 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  8. ^ "SAS Acquires Cimber". Airliner World: 6. February 2015.
  9. ^ "Cimber on ch-aviation". ch-aviation.
  10. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 13.
  11. ^ SAS (8 December 2014). "SAS acquirers Cimber | SAS". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 13.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cimber A/S at Wikimedia Commons