History

Denim Air was founded in February 1996.
We started out with scheduled services; three return flights per day between Eindhoven Airport and London City. These services were terminated in March 1997, because of heavy competition from so-called low cost carriers.

In that year the course of Denim Air was drastically altered. Denim Air was completely reorganized and was structured to serve the wet lease market. This proved to be very successful.
Soon Denim Air grew enormously. The aircraft fleet needed expansion up to 14 Fokker 50 aircraft and the number of employees increased accordingly.

In April of 1998 Denim Air became a fully approved JAR-OPS 1 operator and a training centre for cabin and flight personnel. In 1999 Air Nostrum, a Spanish regional airline, acquired 100% of the shares and thereby became the parent company.

In January 2001 we introduced a new type of aircraft next to the Fokker 50, namely the Dash 8 Q315. As from then we had 14 Fokker 50’s and 5 Dash 8’s up in the air. In 2003 a management buy out was performed and the Denim Air Group was owned by its Dutch management team.

In December 2004 Denim Air became an EASA Part 145 approved organisation. In July 2005 Panta Holdings took over the shares and became 100% owner of the Denim Air Group. Denim air operates mainly on the ACMI market. October 2009 we saw the inauguration of our showpiece: the first Fokker 100. A few milestones from the last years; Denim was the first airline in the Netherlands achieving the IOSA-approval and as a crew supplier, Denim trained pilots for KLM, in 2013 a new aircraft type, the Embraer 190, was added to Denim's fleet, and we are the first airline in the Netherlands with a CAA-NL accepted Safety Management System!

On the 21st of November 2014, Panta Holdings B.V., sole shareholder of Denim Air ACMI B.V. sold Denim to its senior management through a management buy out.

As an independent aircraft operator Denim will continue to offer ACMI wet-lease and (ad hoc) charter services, but also intends to expand operations into scheduled services.

On January 20th 2016, Danish/Greenlandic company Sky Greenland ApS has taken over Dutch company Denim Air ACMI B.V.