Star Air (Maersk Air)

Star Air (Maersk Air)

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Star Air (Maersk Air)

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Star Air is a cargo airline organized as a limited company with registered headquarters in Dragør, by Copenhagen Airport, Denmark.


Star Air was founded on 1 September 1987 by the A P Moller Line who bought a hangar and the operating organisation from Alk-Air and leased three Fokker F27-600.

At the outset, Star Air's customer base consisted of companies who required transport for their customers and employees, as well as other airlines who required the lease of aircraft with crew.

As Star Air's business objective was airfreight, the activities gradually turned towards freight-related customers; TNT, FedEx, UPS, XP-Aviation and so on. The F-27 aircraft were converted to freighters (Class E Cargo version) and for some years cargo flights were the company's sole activity. However, Star Air never established its own distribution network, instead it sold its capacity as charter or sub-charter.

By 1993 the market rate for charters of freighter aircraft of the Fokker F27 size had fallen to an unacceptably low level and the dismantling of the fleet was initiated. The administration, operations and navigation departments were taken over by Maersk Air and Star Air took up passenger flying again.

Meanwhile, UPS, (United Parcel Service), due to lack of traffic rights within the EU - found itself in need of a local operator to carry out the flights it could not operate itself. Star Air was in contention to become UPS's partner within the EU, but lost out to Sterling Airways who...
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