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Cimber Sterling
Cimber Sterling Logo.png
Founded 1949
Bases Billund Airport
Copenhagen Airport
Sønderborg Airport
Frequent flyer program EuroBonus
Member lounge Scandinavian Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance partner
Fleet size 26
Destinations 33
Parent company Cimber Group A/S
Headquarters Sønderborg, Denmark
Key people CEO and owner Jørgen Nielsen

Cimber Sterling A/S, styled as Cimber Sterling, is an airline based in Sønderborg, Denmark, operating scheduled domestic and international services in co-operation with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Lufthansa. Its main bases are Copenhagen Airport and Billund Airport[1].



A VFW-Fokker 614

The airline was established on 1 August 1950 and started operations in 1950. It was founded by the late Captain Ingolf Nielsen. It was one of the very few operators of the VFW-Fokker 614 regional jet. Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) purchased 26% of Cimber Air in May 1998 and expanded its codeshare agreement. In March 2003, SAS sold the stake back to Cimber Air Holding.

Cimber Air is wholly owned by Cimber Air Holding (Nielsen family) and has 368 employees (at March 2007)[1]. Cimber Air Germany is a handling company based in Kiel.

On 3 December 2008 Cimber Air bought parts of Sterling Airlines, which had filed for bankruptcy on 29 October 2008. The new airline is named Cimber-Sterling. Cimber bought the AOC (Air Operators Certificate), slots, brand and website ( and other domains). Aircraft leases were negotiatied with the owners. Employees of the former Sterling Airlines are not part of the takeover, but are welcome to seek employment in the new airline.[2]

In the short term Cimber plans to expand in the domestic arena, and long term wants to expand their European destinations and re-establish Sterling as a northern European airline.

Cimber Sterling is the main sponsor of the Danish handball team, which is competing in the 2009 world championships.


Cimber Sterling operates the following services (as of November 2009) [1]:

Boeing 737-7L9
Cimber Air ATR 72-500


The Cimber Air fleet includes the following aircraft (at 27 December 2009):[3]

Type Total Notes
ATR 42 3 1 aircraft operated for Scandinavian Airlines
ATR 72 4
Boeing 737-700 6 1 aircraft stored
Bombardier CRJ-200 13 6 aircraft operated for Scandinavian Airlines

The average age of the Cimber Air fleet is 12.2 years (as of 3 November 2009) [2].


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