Denim Air

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Denim Air ACMI
Company logo Denim Air ACMI.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded February 1996
Ceased operations November 2016
Operating bases
Fleet size 1
Destinations various
Parent company Sky Greenland
Headquarters Mijdrecht, Netherlands
Key people Gert Brask, CEO

Denim Air ACMI B.V. was[1] a Dutch charter airline based in Mijdrecht.[2] It provided ACMI wet lease services to other airlines. Its main base was Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.[3] It was wholly owned by Sky Greenland and had 50 employees in January 2016.[3] Denim operated full charters and under wetlease (ACMI) contracts on behalf of other airlines as well as governments and corporations. Its operations licence was revoked on 24 November 2016.[1]


This airline was established in 1996 and started operations on 26 April 1996. In January 1999 the Spanish airline Air Nostrum wholly acquired Denim Air. In October 2002 the management team of Denim Air bought back the shares in a management buy-out. In June 2003 it started operating domestic flights in Germany from Augsburg to Düsseldorf and Berlin. In 2005 scheduled operations ceased after the airline was acquired by Panta Holdings which used to own VLM Airlines. It has since concentrated exclusively on providing ACMI services and in 2006 operations were moved to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Denim Air mainly targeted African, Asian and other willing markets, operating for United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees in Sudan and Central Africa, for the Norwegian Army in Afghanistan, for Veba Oil in Libya. The airline also operated aircraft for airlines, mainly African airline, Arik Air and Spanish airline, Air Nostrum, they also operated one aircraft for African airline, Air Affaires Gabon.

On 18 February 2010, Denim Air ceased operations after all wet-lease contracts had ended within weeks and Dutch legal company De Vos & Partners was appointed as curator of wet-lease specialist Denim Air after it was declared bankrupt. A successful restart of the company was initiated as Denim Air ACMI or Denim in short.

In April 2015, Denim established FlyDenim as a new brand and corporate design for their charter operations.[4]

From December 2015 to February 2016, Denim operated domestic flights in Italy thanks to an agreement with the Italian tour operator Air Sud.[5] flights from Reggio Calabria to Venice and Bergamo were operated with Fokker 100 and Fokker 50 of Denim's fleet.[6] As of March 2016, all Air Sud's flights are suspended.[7]

On 24 November 2016, the Dutch aviation authorities revoked Denim Air's operational license which subsequently led to the grounding of all of its flights.[1] Denim Air operated its sole aircraft on behalf of People's Viennaline at this time and has been immediately replaced by Helvetic Airways after its grounding.[8]


Former Denim Air Fokker 100

The Denim fleet consisted of the following aircraft as of November 2016:[9]

Denim Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Embraer ERJ 145 1 50 operated for People's Viennaline
Total 1

The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft:[8]


  1. ^ a b c - "People's ACMI-partner loses AOC" Archived 2016-11-26 at the Wayback Machine. (German) 25 November 2016
  2. ^ "aero/contact Contact." Denim. Retrieved on 29 January 2011. "Vermogenweg 3 | 3641 SR Mijdrecht | The Netherlands."
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 72. 
  4. ^ "An exclusive partner for Denim". Denim. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Air Sud". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Air Sud apre la rotta Bergamo-Reggio Calabria: tariffe a partire da 39 euro". Il Sole 24 ORE. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "L'odissea di un viaggio Orio-Reggio «Volo sparito e ritorno in automobile»". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  8. ^ a b - "People's switches ACMI partner" Archived 2016-11-26 at the Wayback Machine. (German) 25 November 2016
  9. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 22. 

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