Cimber Sterling

  • Sønderborg
  • Billund
  • Copenhagen

Cimber Sterling Cimber Air to 2008 (after the Cimbrian peninsula ), was a Danish airline based in Sønderborg.


In 1950 the Captain Ingolf Lorenz Nielsen took over the airline Sonderjyllands Flyveselskab. Initially, only small SAI KZ III and SAI KZ VII were used. During the 50s and 60s but also Piper Apache, King Air 90 and DeHavilland Heron were used. A scheduled service there was not at that time.

That changed in 1966 as the approval of a scheduled service between Sonderborg and Copenhagen was granted. In order to operate the route, turboprops of the type North 262 were purchased. In 1971 a collaboration with Cimber Danair one.

For the 25th anniversary of the company 's first jet passenger plane, a VFW in 1975, was added to the fleet 614. But already in 1978 the decision was made for two Fokker F- 28 Mark 3000 to replace the VFW 614. In 1985, the first three ATR 42 were purchased. In 1987, the German subsidiary, founded the Cimber Air GmbH in Kiel and the scheduled flights from Kiel to Frankfurt was recorded. In 1989, the scheduled flight to Montpellier was inaugurated in France. In 1990, a contract with Lufthansa on cooperation was signed. Three additional ATR 42 were used. In 1992, the aged Fokker F-28 sold to Australia and another ATR purchased 42. In 1994, a new administration building was purchased directly at Sønderborg Airport. Since this year also Jørgen Nielsen conducted the affairs of the company.

In 1995, the cooperation with Danair was terminated and a contract concluded by the SAS. Three new lines were established from Copenhagen to Aalborg, Karup and Aarhus. The company's founder Ingolf L. Nielsen died at the age of 69 years. 1996, three new ATR 42-500 have been ordered. In 1997, Cimber Air from the SAS line Copenhagen - Newcastle.

In 1998, the route Copenhagen in cooperation with Lufthansa - Berlin set. SAS took over 23 percent of the shares in Cimber Air Again two new aircraft, this time ATR 72-500 were ordered. A third machine was reordered in 1999. Also this year, let Cimber five ATR 42 fly under the brand Team Lufthansa.

In 2000, the first Bombardier CRJ200 arrived. They were mainly stationed in Berlin and flew from there to Brussels, Dublin, Hamburg, Nice, and between Hamburg and Helsinki.

Luxembourg and Berlin - - Due to the events of 11 September 2001 and the declining passenger numbers, the routes Copenhagen Bremen were set. Two ATR 42 could be leased to Oman Air. In 2002, the route Copenhagen - Bornholm taken over by Maersk Air. From SAS you took over the route from Copenhagen to Wroclaw. The end of 2003 the route from Copenhagen was taken to Basel in the flight plan. In early 2007 the flights in Copenhagen were - Hanover / Geneva acquired by SAS.

On 3 December 2008 Cimber Air took over parts of the insolvent airline Sterling and changed its name since then under the name of Cimber Sterling.

As a result of unsatisfactory financial results Cimber Sterling announced in late 2011 a conceptual reorientation known. The network should be primarily focused on domestic routes in Denmark and Sweden, so the Boeing used for European connections should be 737 or 2012 scrapped. On May 3, 2012, the Company filed a motion for bankruptcy, because the restructuring had not brought the desired success. The own flight operations was set off the website.

Conducted for SAS Scandinavian Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 with four flights were taken over by the newly established for this purpose, the successor company Cimber.


Within Denmark were served as the sole provider Billund, Bornholm, Karup and Sønderborg from Copenhagen Kastrup Airport Aalborg and Aarhus, as well. A more direct connection existed between Bornholm and Billund .. From its aviation hubs in Copenhagen and Billund flew Cimber Sterling to some destinations in the rest of Europe, including primarily major cities and popular holiday destinations in Spain, Italy, Split in Croatia and Bourgas in Bulgaria. In addition, Cimber Sterling has worked as a feeder with Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines and chartered in addition to the regular service and machines.


As of May 2012, the fleet consisted of 22 aircraft Cimber Sterling:

  • 2 ATR 42-500
  • 3 ATR 72-200
  • 3 ATR 72-500
  • 5 Boeing 737-700
  • Bombardier CRJ200 9 (4 operated for SAS Scandinavian Airlines)