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PICTURE: Start-up Great Dane shows off first aircraft

Start-up regional carrier Great Dane Airlines has shown off its first aircraft, an Embraer 195 newly painted in the Danish operator’s livery.

The aircraft (EI-GGC) – a 2008 airframe with serial number 213 – was formerly used by Flybe.

It is owned by the Cayman Islands-based lessor Propius which is linked with the UK’s Stobart Air, the company recently acquired, along with Flybe, by Connect Airways.

Great Dane Airlines is aiming to commence services to three destinations – Edinburgh, Nice and Dublin – from Aalborg.

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Denmark’s corporate registry indicates that the carrier has undergone a recent major change of ownership.

It indicates that the airline has been majority-owned since March by investor SEBC Holding, which also has diverse interests in hotel operations, business software, and a motor-racing circuit.

SEBC succeeded former co-owner PHD Holding, linked to former board member Huy Duc Nguyen.

Huy Duc Nguyen was among four members of the board who resigned in March, according to the registry, including chairman Keld Arenholt Christensen, Arne Remmen, and Pernille Fruergard Simonsen.

Eigild Christensen joined the board as chairman in the same month, while the registry also lists Jesper Christensen as a new board member, alongside airline founder Thomas Hugo Moller.

Great Dane Airlines’ authorised capital was increased in March from DKr400,000 to DKr2 million.

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