Ladies and gentlemen, welcome on board Nordic Seaplanes service from Aarhus to Copenhagen and back again. We ask that you please fasten your seatbelts and prepare yourself for an atypical flight trip. Enjoy your flight.
“Watch your head,” the pilot says to all passengers entering the small red and white seaplane at Aarhus harbour. The low-ceilinged aircraft is not much to look at, but it’s the best and most well equipped Twin Otter plane in the world, and by far the fastest route between the two largest cities in Denmark.
Each Dane flies between four and five times a year, which is more than double that of the rest of Europe. In particular, short-haul flights are very popular with Danish passengers, with the seaplane representing a new addition to the fleet servicing the Danish need for fast public transportation.
Nordic Seaplanes welcomed their first passengers in spring 2016, and since then the business has grown rapidly. The need for a quick way to cross the country has been a political issue for years, and now Nordic Seaplanes has found a way to solve at least a part of the problem. Ten times a day the seaplane takes off from landing grounds close to the two cities and carries businessmen, families and curious souls from one part of the country to the other.
The seaplane highly appeals to working people. The plane is as fast as regular flights and as flexible as land transportation, allowing passengers to transfer quickly between regions, while still using their electronic devices on board the flight. Smart, right? Efficiency at its best!
Fly me to…
“Exits at the front and back, life vests under your seats and noise cancelling headphones in the pockets in front of you. Any questions?”
The concept is quite simple: Meet up, get in, fly. Here, you won’t find long lines, duty free shopping or need to worry about lost luggage. Instead, you’ll get a different flight experience, when entering the seaplane and flying over the colourful Danish landscape. With a flying height between one and two kilometres, it’s possible to get a nice overview of the miniature country sliding past below you, and within 45 minutes you will have travelled 160 km and be ready to land at the opposite side of Denmark – a trip that would normally take around 3–4 hours by car.
In Denmark, where the weather doesn’t always behave, it can sometimes be impossible to land on water due to heavy seas. Nordic Seaplanes has solved this by putting wheels on the plane, which makes it possible to land at the nearest airport in case of rough weather. And there is no need to worry about whether the plane can make the long way around or fit in any detours. The seaplane used by Nordic Seaplanes can fly all the way from Denmark to Switzerland on a full tank, a flight a shade under 1200 km.
At the moment, the company is focusing on the route between Aarhus and Copenhagen, with occasional private trips in Denmark, but as the demand for fast domestic transportation is growing, Nordic Seaplanes hopes to expand the business in Denmark with another 1–2 seaplanes within a year or two.
On behalf of Nordic Seaplanes and DANISH™, we would like to thank you for joining us in this article and we look forward to seeing you on board again soon.
Wingspan: 19.8 metres
Weight: 3363 kg
Maximum speed: 314 km/h – Nordic Seaplanes fly 250 km/h
Power plants: 680 shp each
Range (max fuel): 1434 km
Price: 30 million DKK (€ 396.222)