What is Sun-Air of Scandinavia, British Airways’ Danish franchisee?

Nov 15, 2019

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If you’ve flown to or from certain airports in Denmark, like Aarhus (AAR) or Billund (BLL), you may have noticed some unusually painted British Airways aircraft. This is because BA has, since 1996, operated a franchise airline registered in Denmark officially called Sun-Air of Scandinavia A/S, more commonly known as just Sun-Air.

The franchise operates a single aircraft type, the Dornier 328JET, which carries just 32 passengers. Sun-Air has 16 of these aircraft in its fleet, based in Aarhus and Billund in Denmark, as well as Friedrichshafen Airport (FDH) in Germany, operating to various airports across Germany, France, Norway and Sweden. The airline also operates regular services from its main hub in Billund to Manchester (MAN) and London City (LCY) in the U.K., complementing British Airways’ service from Billund to London Heathrow.

Sun-Air route map. (Image courtesy of Sun-Air)

So why does this matter to the average U.K. traveller, given most of Sun-Air’s routes are within mainland Europe? Because as a franchisee of British Airways, you can earn and redeem Avios on Sun-Air flights. Sun-Air uses the Executive Club as its loyalty programme and is an affiliated member of the Oneworld alliance.

Even better, you can use great value Reward Flight Savers on Sun-Air flights. These are one of our favourite uses of Avios because of the low number of both points and taxes required. Usually, Reward Flight Savers are limited to flights to and from the U.K., but you can also use them for Sun-Air flights within mainland Europe which could save you big if you are facing high cash fares between, say Denmark and Norway.

Related reading: Guide to British Airways’ Reward Flight Saver redemptions

You can book flights with either cash or Avios through the British Airways website. British Airways also has a subsidiary based in South Africa called Comair on which you can also earn and redeem Avios.

Featured image by Sun-Air of Scandinavia

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