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FOUNDED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2003. FORMERLY SPECIAL AIR TRANSPORT (SAT). INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
BERLIN TEGEL AIRPORT, GEB Z3
D-13405 BERLIN, GERMANY
Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 356,945 sq km, its population is 85 million, its capital city is Berlin, and its official language is German.
MARCH 1995: SUBSIDIARY OF SAT FLUGGESELLSCHAFT MBH.
TO BRATISLAVA, KUWAIT, LARNACA, AND TEL AVIV.
MAIN BASE AT COLOGNE.
$512M, 7 ORDERS (/97) 737-700'S (CFM56-7), 148 PASSENGERS (PAX) AND 4 ORDERS 737-800'S. 737-300 (PP847), EX-TRANSBRASIL (TBL), GERMANIA (GER) LEASED.
OCTOBER 1995: BUSINESS VENTURE WITH ORBI - GEORGIAN (OBI) MAINTAINED. POSSIBLE ACQUISITION OF 2ND 737-300 (PP848) AS VENTURE MATURES.
SEPTEMBER 1996: (CFM56-3B2) ENGINE (S/N 723267), THE MECHANICAL WONDER, HAS NOW RACKED UP 26,524 HOURS, 10,104 CYCLES, CONTINUOUS ON-WING SERVICE SINCE DELIVERY ON AIRPLANE (PQ234), IN 10/88!
GERMANIA (GER)'S 13TH 737-300 (PQ230) ENTERS FLEET, EX-(TEA). LEASE WITH ORBI ENDS THIS MONTH (AIRPLANE (PP847) RETURNED TO LESSOR).
OCTOBER 1996: GERMANIA (GER) PURCHASES 737-300 (PQ230, D-AGEK), EX-(TEI), "C" CHECK AT LUFTHANSA (DLH)-(SXF).
LUFTHANSA (DLH) OVERHAUL/REPAIR FACILITY, AT BERLIN SCHOENEFELD AIRPORT MAY SCALE BACK TO A MAINTENANCE LINE STATION, & (DLH)/SWISSAIR (SWS) JOINT VENTURE, SHANNON AEROSPACE WILL BE PRIME FOR 737'S, 757'S, 767'S & MD-80'S OVERHAUL/REPAIR ("C" & "D" CHECKS). POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF 1/3 OF JOBS, AT SCHOENEFELD.
NOVEMBER 1996: TO CUT 125 EMPLOYEES AT SCHOENEFELD.
GERMANIA (GER)'S BUSINESS VENTURE WITH ORBI-GEORGIAN HAS BEEN TERMINATED.
JANUARY 1997: TO CONTINUE LEASE OF 737 (PP847) TO 9/97. 737 (PP503) 5 YEAR LEASED, TO DEUTSCHE BA (DBA).
1996 = +3.3% RPK (TRAFFIC).
APRIL 1997: "C" CHECKS ON 737-300 BY BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), AT GATWICK. WET-LEASE OF 737-300 (PP847) TO DEUTSCHE BA (DBA), TO END 9/97.
MAY 1997: 737-700 TO PARIS AIR SHOW NEXT MONTH.
JUNE 1997: (LOI) UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL (UKR) FOR LEASE OF 2 GERMANIA (GER) 737-300'S FOR 5 YEARS.
SEPTEMBER 1997: WILL OPERATE 1 OF ITS NEW 737-700'S IN THE COLORS OF TOUR OPERATOR, TOURISTIK UNION INTERNATIONAL (TUI).
OCTOBER 1997: 737 (PP847) RETURNED TO OWNER. ON ARRIVAL OF 737-700'S, MAY LEASE UP TO 9 737-300'S, TO DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), FOR 7 YEARS. THE REMAINING 4 737-300'S, TO BE LEASED TO OTHERS.
ENGINE (723267) WORLD RECORD, FOR CONTINUOUS ON-WING SERVICE, SINCE DELIVERY WITH 20,067 HOURS & 11,523 CYCLES, ON AIRPLANE (PQ234), #2 POSITION!
NOVEMBER 1997: 737-375 (23708) RETURNED TO TAHOE TRADING.
DECEMBER 1997: 1 737-300 TO SOBELAIR (SBL), 2 737-300'S TO UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL (UKR).
JANUARY 1998: 1997 = 2.8% RPK (TRAFFIC) (3.3%).
FEBRUARY 1998: 2 737-300'S LEASED TO DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
MARCH 1998: 737-75B DELIVERY SETS NEW DISTANCE RECORD OF 4,511 NM, SEATTLE - BERLIN. 4 737-75B'S DELIVERED.
APRIL 1998: 737-35B (1624-24237) LEASED TO UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL (UKR).
2 737-700 (YA234; YA240) DELIVERIES.
JULY 1998: 2 737-300'S (PQ087 & PQ232) LEASED TO DELTA AIRLINES (DAL). 2 737-75B'S (CFM56-7B22) (YA241; YA242) DELIVERIES, NOW 11.
OCTOBER 1998: 1 737-700 WET-LEASED TO (LTU) FOR WINTER SEASON. 2 737-700'S TO BE WET-LEASED TO (LTU), FOR SUMMER SEASON. 2 737-700'S (28105, 8) 5 YEAR WET-LEASED TO CONDOR (CDF). FINAL 9TH 737-300 LEASED TO DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) FOR 8 YEARS.
DECEMBER 1998: 12TH 737-75B (CFM56-7B22) (5-28110) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 1999: 6 737-700'S, 2 YEAR WET-LEASED TO LTU (LTU). 2 737-700'S (29076; 29077), PEMBROKE (PEB) LEASED.
MARCH 1999: LAST 2 737-300'S, UPGRADED TO (JAR)-OPERATIONS, 1 LEVEL, & BEING USED AS STANDBYS, BUT ARE AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM LEASE/SALE. 6 737-700'S WET-LEASED, TWO YEARS, TO (LTU), WITH POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION FOR +5 YEARS. AIRPLANES WILL BE IN (LTU) LIVERY, BUT WILL OPERATE UNDER NAME "LTG." BUYS 8 MD-83'S, & WET-LEASES TO CROSSAIR (CSR), FOR 5 YEARS.
APRIL 1999: 411 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 93 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 181 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 94 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 1999: PUTS 2 737-300'S IN STORAGE.
JULY 1999: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.79 BILLION RPK (TRAFFIC) (+7.5%), 247.12 MILLION FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (+2.4%), 790,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+7.1%).
NOVEMBER 1999: 737-300 (D-AGEJ) PUT IN LONG TERM STORAGE.
FEBRUARY 2000: 2 737-300'S (24221; 25015), 7 YEAR LEASED TO TRANSBRASIL (TBL).
APRIL 2000: 411 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 93 FC, 181 CA, & 94 MT).
MAY 2000: ALL GERMANIA (GER) AIRPLANES COMPLETED WINTER MODIFICATION PROGRAM AT LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LHT) (DLH), SCHOENEFELD (BERLIN).
JULY 2000: 1999 = 1.79 BILLION RPK (+7.5%); 247,000 FTK (+2.4%); 790,000 PAX (+7.1%); 411 EMPLOYEES (+21.6%).
OCTOBER 2000: 6 737-700'S WET-LEASED TO (LTU), RETURNED.
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 737-75B (39-28104, D-AGEU "SIEMENS - BE INSPIRED" (MOBILE PHONE ADVERT UPPER FUSELAGE, & TAIL, IN BLUE AND DARK BLUE, UPPER TAIL, WITH PICTURE OF CELL PHONE ON TAIL).
DECEMBER 2000: 2 737-75B'S SOLD TO BOEING CAPITAL (TBC), LEASED TO (GOL) AIRLINES (GOT) (66-28105; 68-28106).
JANUARY 2001: 2 737-75B'S (13-28099; 17-28101) SOLD TO BOEING (TBC).
FEBRUARY 2001: 2 737-73S'S (98-29076, /98 D-AGEY; 104-29077, /98 D-AGEZ), LEASED TO AZZURRA AIR (AZR).
MAY 2001: MD-83 (49572) RETURNED FROM CROSSAIR (CSR), LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP).
NOVEMBER 2001: SCHEDULED SERVICE TO FRANKFURT AND MUNICH.
SHOWS INTEREST IN TAKING OVER DEUTSCHE BA (DBA), FROM BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB).
SELECTS HEAVYLIFT (HVL), TO UNDERTAKE MODIFICATIONS ON 8 737-700'S, INCLUDING ENHANCED GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEM (EGPWS), AND RUDDER INSPECTIONS STARTING 1/02.
MARCH 2002: BERLIN (TAGEL) - MUNICH (2/DAY).
APRIL 2002: (http://www.germaniaairline.de).
(TELEPHONE: +49 (30) 4101 3610). (FAX: +39 (30) 4101 3615).
MAIN BASE: COLOGNE/BONN - KONRAD ADENAUER (CGN).
BELIN (TEGEL) TO COLOGNE (DAILY SCHEDULED).
July 2002: Colgne/Bonn - T'Bilisi (737-700, 2/week).
August 2002: 8 737-75B's wet-leased to Hapag Lloyd (HAP) Express for 12/02 delivery.
October 2002: 7 MD-83's, ex-Crossair (CSR), leased to Kras Air (ZXD) to replace its Tu-154B's.
November 2002: Expands its low cost, no-frills, scheduled flights from Berlin (Tegel), to Munich, and Palma de Mallorca, plus Dusseldorf to T'Bilisi, Georgia. Continues to operate Berlin-Frankfurt, under its own name. In 12/02, to switch its Tbilisi service from Koln/Bonn, to Dusseldorf.
1 737-300 (D-ADEG) returned from lease to Sobelair (SBL). 737-3L9 (24221, D-AGEJ) returned from (SBL). 737-35B (24327, D-AGEG), returned from lease to Ukraine International (UKR).
December 2002: Hapag Lloyd (HAP) Express plans +4 737-700's, Germania (GER) leased, for total 12 by end of 2003, and at least 24 airplanes in 2005. Has a target of 1.3M passengers in 2003, & >5M by 2005.
January 2003: Wet-leased 737-700's to add Berlin (Tegel) - London (Luton).
Acquired 17 F 100's, ex-US Airways (USA), PCASL leased. Plans to lease 10 to other airlines (mostly in eastern Europe) and use the rest for its own operations. Will use these airplanes to free up more 737-700's for its contract with Hapag Lloyd (HLX) Express. F 100's will be based in Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich to challenge low-cost carriers (HAP) Express (HLX) and Lufthansa (DLH)/(RFG) clone "germanwings" with both no-frills point-to-point services to cities such as Rome, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, and Vienna that will appeal to business travelers, as well as flights to tourist destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon or Nice.
March 2003: In 4/03, Frankfurt - Tbilisi (2/week). Berlin (Tegel) - Brussels/Irakleion/Istanbul/Lisbon/London (Luton)/Moscow (Domodedovo)/Nice/Pisa/Rome (Ciampino)/Vienna/Zurich. Munich - Palma de Mallorca/Vienna/Zurich, and Hamburg - Palma de Mallorca.
April 2003: 335 employees. SITA: TXLDDST.
(Telephone: +49 (30) 41 01 35 03). (FAX: +49 (30) 41 01 35 00).
May 2003: Will launch a regularly scheduled no-frills flight network of 11 domestic and European cities from 6/03, under a new branding as "Gexx.de." Flight operations will be carried out under the auspices of Berliner Flug Ring, who discontinued its package-tour business at the end of 4/03, that includes (GER) charter flights. New Managing Director, Juergen Branse, said the carrier, which will be Germany's 6th low-fare airline, aims to generate revenues of EUR 40M on sales of 500,000 one-way tickets by end of 2003. (GER) intends to base in Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, 17 F 100's (Tay 650), ex-US Airways (USA), 3-year lease/purchase. Will start with 2 F 100's and 3 737's. Envisaged are no-frills, point-to-point services to cities such as Rome, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, and Vienna, that would appeal to business travelers, as well as flights to tourist destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon, and Nice.
F 100 (11313, D-AGPk), ex-US Air (USA) leased.
June 2003: 2 F 100's (11300, D-AGPE; 11137, D-AGPP), ex-US Air (USA), leased.
July 2003: F 100 (11276, D-AGPA), ex-US Air (USA) leased.
August 2003: Lufthansa (DLH)'s regional partner Eurowings (RFG) has its backing for its low-cost subsidiary, germanwings to counterattack the growing challenge of other low-cost carriers, particularly Ryanair (RYR) and EasyJet (EZY), on its own turf. They do not feel threatened by Air Berlin (BER), Deutsche BA (DBA), Hapag Lloyd (HLX) Express, or Germania (GER) Express. (DLH) is also dribbling onto the market, special low fares for early bookers on its own domestic and cross-border services.
Germania (GER) Express, Berlin (TXL)/Munich - Lisbon (5/week). Munich - Vienna (10/week). Stuttgart - Palma de Mallorca. Berlin (TXL), Hannover, Munich, & Stuttgart to Moscow (Domodedovo). Munich - Hamburg/Zurich (2/week). Munich - Palma de Mallorca/Thessaloniki (weekdays). Munich & Stuttgart - Alicante (weekly). In 9/03, Vienna - Ibiza (10/week). Bremen - London Gatwick. Berlin - Tblisi (weekly). Berlin (TXL) - Prestwick. In 10/03, Hamburg - Vienna (10/week). Hamburg - Lisbon, Moscow (Domodedovo), Zurich (5/week). Munich - Milan (MXP). In 11/03, to base 2 F 100's in Bremen for flights to Innsbruck; London Gatwick (LGW); Nice; Pisa; Rome (Ciampino); Stockholm (Arlanda); Venice; Vienna; & Zurich.
8 F 100's (11276, D-AGPA, 7/03; 11278, D-AGPB, 4/03; 11300, D-AGPE 6/03; 11303 D-AGPF, 9/03; 11310, D-AGPI, 9/03; 11314, D-AGPL, 8/03; 11333, D-AGPN, 7/03; 11337, D-AGPP, 6/03) leased.
October 2003: Germania (GER) Express, Dusseldorf - Berlin (Tegel) (2/day)/Lisbon (4/week)/Moscow (Domodedovo) (4/week)/Stockholm (Arlanda) (4/week), Hamburg - Thessaloniki (4/week), Munich - Vienna (2/day), Dusseldorf - Istanbul (4/week), Hamburg - Palma de Mallorca (4/week). In 11/03, Dusseldorf - Athens (4/week)/Thessaloniki (4/week)/Zurich (2/day), Zurich - Athens (3/week), Hamburg - Athens (3/week), Munich - Istanbul (3/week)/Rome (Fiumicino) (2/week). In 12/03, Zurich - Brussels (2/day). Zurich - Lisbon (5/week).
Forms a Swiss subsidiary called Helvetia Express.
2 F 100's (11280, D-AGPC; 11306, D-AGPG), Pembroke (PEB) leased.
December 2003: Berlin (Tegel), Dusseldorf, & Hamburg - Athens, Lisbon, Thessaloniki, and Dusseldorf, Hamburg - Istanbul, via Munich.
January 2004: 1 + 3 737-300's leased to Deutsch BA (DBA).
February 2004: Hannover - Munich (2/week). In 3/04, Hamburg - Stuttgart (2/weekdays); Berlin-(Tegel) - Rimini (5/week).
Will open a 2nd Berlin base at Tempelhof (THF) for its Express (GEXX) operations with 2 F 100's. In 3/04, (THF) - Istanbul, Zurich.
737-35B (24238) leased to Deutsche BA (DBA). F 100 (11331, D-AGPM), Pembroke (PEB) leased.
March 2004: Munich - Stockholm (ARN) (daily). Dusseldorf - Athens (4/week). Hamburg - Athens (2/week). Munich - Bremen (2/weekdays). Berlin - Athens, Istanbul, Vienna, Zurich services move from Tegel to Tempelhof.
2 737-73S's (29076; 29077), leased to Maersk (MRS). 3 F 100's (11300, D-AGPE) wet-leased to Air Berlin (BER) as part of a non-compete agreement.
April 2004: Cologne/Bonn - Tbilisi (weekly). Hamburg, Munich - Rimini.
F 100 (11312, D-AGPJ), Fokker leased.
May 2004: Dusseldorf - Skopjue (weekly). In 7/04, Zurich - Ibiza (Sats).
1 F 100, wet-leased to Deutsche-BA (DBA).
June 2004: A consortium of 5 German airlines: Air Berlin (BER), Germania (GER), dba (formerly Deutsche BA) (DBA), Windrose Air, & Hapag Lloyd (HAP), are taking steps to take over the operation of Berlin's legendary 3rd airport Tempelhof, which has been scheduled to close soon.
F 100 (11334, D-AGPO), Fokker leased, wet-leased to Air Berlin (BER).
July 2004: Zurich - Bastia, Cagliari, Palermo (weekly). In 11/04, Berlin (Tegel) - Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden (weekdays).
737-35B (24237, D-AGEG) wet-leased to dba (DBA).
October 2004: Berlin (THF) - Munich. In 11/04, Berlin (THF) - Karlsruhe (F 100).
February 2005: In an agreement that apparently stops short of a full merger, dba (DBA) is to take over the airplanes and routes of Germania Express (GER).
March 2005: Germania Express ceases operations.
April 2005: Germania (GER) is a major holiday charter airline operating services from Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, and other regional airports to the Canary Islands, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Madeira, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. Also operates some flights for (LTU) charter programs.
(IATA) Code: ST. (ICAO) Code: GMI (Callsign - GERMANIA).
Owns: Germania Express (100%).
Main Base: Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer (CGN).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Berlin; Bremen; Cologne; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Karlsruhe/Badeb Baden; Leipzig/Halle; & Munich.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Athens; Lisbon; Moscow; Rome; Stockholm; Tbilisi; & Thessaloniki.
May 2005: 2 737-322's (23951, D-AGEA; 24320, D-AGEB), deliveries.
July 2005: Germania Express (GER), which is owned by businessman Heinrich Bischoff, has quit its stake in dba (DBA) that was taken up last 3/05. Hans Rudolf Woehrl, (DBA) Chairman, and main investor (28%), stated he and Bischoff decided to go their separate ways as shareholders but to continue to work together.
August 2005: 737-322 (23951, D-AGEA), leased to dba (DBA).
November 2005: (DBA) and Air Berlin (BER) announced that they are exploring an alliance and/or marketing cooperation that may include linking to each other's websites. "Both networks combine perfectly. Ours is based on the domestic point-to-point traffic. Air Berlin (BER)'s focus is on European routes," (DBA) owner Hans Rudolf Woehrl said in a statement. (DBA) pilots already operate some Air Berlin (BER) airplanes. Air Berlin (BER) has become an even bigger player following the strange events of a few weeks ago: Shortly before he died, Germania (GER) founder and CEO Hinrich Bischoff transferred the management responsibility of his airline to Air Berlin (BER) Managing Director Joachim Hunold. (DBA) is leasing 21 airplanes from Germania (GER). (DBA) and Air Berlin (BER) combined operate a fleet of approximately 80 airplanes.
March 2006: Germania Express has been merged into dba (DBA).
F 100 (11343), ex-TAM Brazil (TPR), Pembroke (PEB) leased.
July 2006: Germany's leading carriers, in an effort to strengthen their lobbying position with political and economic institutions, have transformed the old Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Luftfahrtunternehmen into the Bundesverband der Deutschen Fluggesellschaften (BDF). The new association includes Air Berlin (BER), Condor Airlines (CDF), dba (DBA), Eurowings/Germanwings (RFG), Germania (GER), Hamburg International (HAU), Hapagfly (HAP), (LTU) German Airlines, and Lufthansa (DLH). The carriers operate more than 500 airplanes, employ approximately 100,000 and serve nearly 100 million passengers annually. Air Berlin (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold was named (BDF) president.
March 2008: Bombardier confirmed that airberlin (BER) is the customer that placed a firm order for 10 DHC-8-Q400s plus 10 options last October. The airline had requested that its identity be kept confidential at that time. The firm order contract is valued at $267 million and would rise to approximately $540 million if all options are exercised. It marks the company's first turboprop order. (BER) expects to receive four DHC-8-Q400s this year, and the remaining six in 2009. The 76-seaters are intended primarily to replace F 100s, which Berlin-based Germania (GER) operates for (BER). "We will be deploying our DHC-8-Q400 airplanes on routes that do not require the capacity of our jet airplanes," airberlin CEO, Joachim Hunold said. "The DHC-8-Q400 airplane offers the combination of passenger capacity and comfort, speed, economy of operation and environmental compatibility that we require." The contract is being funded by HSH Nordbank. (BER) will lease the DHC-8-Q400s to LGW Walter, its Dortmund-based regional partner, which will fly them on (BER)'s route network "so there will not be an increase in the complexity of our fleet," Hunold said. (LGW) currently operates six Do-228s and has been providing regional lift to (BER) since October.
October 2008: Berlin Tegel-based Germania (GER) will stop operating scheduled services during the winter schedule, and maintain only its charter and wet-lease operations. It also will phase out its remaining eight F 100s; it already had removed 11 from the fleet. Its network currently comprises 12 destinations. It transported 4 million passengers last year, and also operates four 737-300s and eight 737-700s. An additional two 737-700s and four 737-300s are on dry lease to other airlines.
July 2009: Germania (GER) will launch weekly, 737-700 flights between Dusseldorf and Zonguldak, Turkey, on July 21.
September 2009: INCDT: A Germania (GER) 737-329 (23775, D-ADII), struck a flock of starlings during take-off from Dusseldorf airport on September 27th, ingesting several of the birds in its right (starboard) engine. The flight crew (FC) decided to return to Dusseldorf airport, where the airplane landed safely about 45 minutes after takeoff. The runway was closed for about 30 minutes to remove the dead birds.
February 2010: Germania (GER) will launch weekly, Berlin Tegel - Beirut service on March 11 with a 737-700 and plans to increase frequency to thrice-weekly by April.
(GER) flies to 30 destinations in Germany, Europe and the Middle East. It carried more than >2.5 million passengers last year.
Germania (GER) parent S A T signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for five A319s, Airbus (EDS) announced. Deliveries will commence in April 2011. (GER) has a fleet of six 737-300s and nine 737-700s and has a further two 737-700s on dry lease with other carriers, according to its website. It flies to 30 destinations in Germany, Europe and the Middle East. It carried more than >2.5 million passengers last year.
Germania (GER) is becoming a new Airbus (EDS) customer with this commitment for five A319 airplanes. (GER) is switching from being a 737 operator and will use the A319 in a single-class, 150Y-seat configuration, including cabin in-flight entertainment system.
Deliveries under the deal, due to be finalized in the coming
days, are to start in April 2011. The airplanes will allow (GER) to expand its network, for example to Dubai, a market that currently is not in its route structure, says CEO, Axel Trampnau. He adds that
eventually he may be interested in operating the A319 with winglets, once those become available.
(GER) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), John Kohlsaat says the
deal “lays the foundation for the comprehensive rejuvenation
of our fleet.” The rest of the fleet should be switched
over by 2015, with all A319s; the required options are part
of the transaction. Kohlsaat says he doesn’t want to move to
larger Airbus (EDS) narrow bodies because the airline serves many
smaller airports. The deal will bring down the average fleet age from 12 to six years.
April 2010: Germania (GER) has launched additional scheduled services and is also planning to add flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah from Munich this winter:
Berlin Tegel - Beirut: 2x weekly, 737-300/-700 service started on March 13;
Dortmund - Pristina: weekly 737-700 service;
Dusseldorf - Beirut: 3x weekly, 737-300/-700 service started on March 11;
Munich - Pristina: 2x weekly, 737-700 service.
August 2010: Charter and scheduled airline, Germania (GER) received the (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) approval. (GER) said the auditing process took more than a year, but makes the airline more flexible. An (IOSA) audit is demanded by many operators as a prerequisite for cooperation deals such as wet-leases. Germania (GER) has a fleet of 15 737s, some wet-leased by larger carriers such as TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and Air Berlin (BER).
October 2010: Germania (GER) will launch weekly, Munich – Erbil and Munich – Sulaymaniyah service from December 1, aboard its 737NGs.
February 2011: Germania (GER) Technik will become a 100% subsidiary of Germania (GER) from April 1 and will be renamed as Germania Technik Brandenburg (GTB). (GTB) will be a certificated maintenance company for 737s and A320s.
(GER) signed a long-term contract with Niki (NKI) to lease two A319s from 2011 onwards.
(GER) took delivery of the first of nine A319s, which it will use to replace 737s by 2013. Five of these A319s were ordered directly from Airbus (EDS), two are leased from Doric Asset Finance, and two A319s are on long term lease from Niki (NKI).
March 2011: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) has announced a 10-year power-by-the-hour component support contract from Germania (GER), covering (GER)'s fleet of 737NG and A320-family airplanes.
April 2011: Germania (GER) has now received all its first five directly-purchased (CFM56)-powered A319s. (GER) will fly the A319s to their 30 destinations in Germany, Europe, around the Mediterranean region, and the Middle East.
September 2011: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) has agreed to acquire four 737-300s from Pembroke Capital Aircraft (PEB) (Shannon) Ltd for part out. The airplanes were last operated by Germania.
November 2011: Germania (GER) announced it will base three A319s in Bremen and add six weekly routes to Saloniki, Corfu, Split, Dubrovnik, Bourgas, and Malaga, for the coming summer season. The expansion should generate a total of 200,000 passengers (from Bremen) and create +75 new jobs.
January 2012: Germania (GER) has won the tender for the Airbus (EDS) corporate shuttle service between Hamburg Finkenwerder and Toulouse and has started operating two weekdaily A319-100 services between the two airports in early November replacing OLT - Ostfriesische Lufttransport, which had previously operated the service with two Fokker F 100s. (GER) has introduced new scheduled services with its fleet of A319-100s and 737-700s:
Bremen - Bourgas: weekly seasonal service between May 25 and October 10;
Bremen - Dubrovnik: weekly seasonal service between May 27 and October 12;
Bremen - Funchal - Lanzarote - Bremen: weekly seasonal service has started on November 1;
Bremen - Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden: weekly seasonal service until January 31;
Bremen - Kerkyra: weekly seasonal service between May 29 and October 2;
Bremen - Malaga: weekly seasonal service between May 16 and October 17;
Bremen - Split: weekly seasonal service between May 23 and October 3;
Bremen - Thessaloniki: weekly seasonal service between May 24 and October 4;
Dusseldorf International - Erbil: weekly service has started on November 3;
Dusseldorf International - Samsun: weekly seasonal service until March 24;
Dusseldorf International - Trabzon: weekly seasonal service until March 25;
Friedrichshafen - Funchal - Lanzarote - Friedrichshafen: weekly seasonal service has started on November 1;
Friedrichshafen - Hurghada: weekly seasonal service has started on November 3;
Friedrichshafen - Santa Cruz de La Palma - Las Palmas - Friedrichshafen: weekly seasonal service has started on November 2;
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Ankara Esenboga: weekly seasonal service starting on January 13;
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden - Funchal - Lanzarote - Friedrichshafen: weekly seasonal service has started on November 1;
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden - Sharm el Sheikh - Hurghada - Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden: weekly seasonal service has started on November 3;
Magdeburg/Cochstedt - Hurghada: weekly seasonal service has started on November 20;
Magdeburg/Cochstedt - Las Palmas: weekly seasonal service has started on November 19;
Stockholm Arlanda - Sulaymaniyah: weekly service has started on November 3.
(GER) has named Andreas Wobig as (CEO), replacing Axel Trampnau, who left the company for personal reasons. Wobig has served as (CTO) for Germania (GER) since early 2011.
Germania (GER) has acquired charter operator Flynext from its founder Hans-Rudolf Wöhrl’s investment company Intro Aviation. The carrier currently operates two A319-100s on behalf of (GER). (GER) has, however, terminated its routes from Dusseldorf International to Damascus and from Berlin Tegel to Aleppo and Damascus, and has returned its last 737-300s with the airplanes currently awaiting scrapping in Kemble in the UK. It will base an A319-100 in Memmingen next summer season for charter services on behalf of a local tour operator.
March 2012: Germania (GER) has pulled out of Magdeburg/Cochstedt International airport (CSO) and ended an agreement with the airport to jointly market flights from the airport to leisure destinations such as Hurghada International airport (HRG) and Las Palmas Gran Canaria International airport (LPA), citing a lack of demand.
April 2012: Gambia Bird (GMQ) (based at Banjul International airport (BJL)) is planning to launch operations later this summer as a joint venture (JV) between the Gambian government and Germania ((IATA) Code: ST, based at Berlin Tegel airport (TXL)) (GER) subsidiary Flynext ((IATA) Code: L3, based at Nuremberg airport (NUE)). (GMQ) plans to initially serve Conakry G'bessia International (CKY), Dakar Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International (DKR), Freetown Lungi International (FNA), Lagos Murtala Muhammad (LOS) airports from Banjul with an A319-100 operated by Flynext (L3) as well as destinations in Spain and the UK, where it will also cooperate with tour operators.
May 2012: Germania (GER) now flies from Rostock-Laage Airport in northern Germany to Palma de Mallorca in Spain.
Flynext ((IATA) Code: L3, formerly based at Nuremberg airport (NUE)) will be rebranded as Germania Express (L3, based at Berlin Schönefeld airport (SXF)) on July 1 to better reflect its main business which currently are wet-lease operations on behalf of sister carrier Germania (GER) with two A319-100s.
September 2012: A319-112 (4663, D-ASTA), wet-leased to Gambia Bird (GMQ).
October 2012: Gambia Bird (GMQ) launched operations with weekly flights: Banjul (BJL) - London Gatwick (LGW), (BJL) - Barcelona and Freetown - (LGW) services. (GMQ) is also planning to launch service from (BJL) to Dakar (4X weekly), Freetown (2X weekly), Monrovia (2X weekly), Lagos (2X weekly), Conakry (weekly), and Accra (weekly). All Freetown flights are pending government approval. Later, (GMQ) will operate its airplanes to European cities in Spain and the United Kingdom (UK).
(GMQ) is a joint venture between the Gambian Government and Germania (GER) subsidiary, Germania Express. Germania (GER) will retain a 90% ownership share of Gambia Bird (GMQ).
(IATA) Code: 3G. (ICAO) Code: GMQ - (Callsign - GAMBIA BIRD).
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Karsten Balke said he expects 85% of (GMQ)'s traffic to be within Western Africa. "Gambia Bird is focusing on organic growth," he said. "The political situation in Gambia is stable; it offers developed tourism and the country is open to foreign investors. We expect good market opportunities, offering safe service. There are not many flight connections within Africa and several carriers face safety issues."
Balke said (GMQ) is in talks with Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) to establish some cooperation. "Also, we are in contact with other carriers, for example, on how we can cooperate in terms of maintenance." Balke said (GMQ) sees itself as a "feeder carrier, like for Asian carriers." He said Africa provides a potential market with higher fares but acknowledged the high risk of establishing a new carrier in Africa. "Competitors (are) already reducing fares, since they know we are coming."
(GMQ) (CEO), Thomas Wazinski said "Everyone has a stake in the future of Gambia Bird (GMQ): the business people who need a punctual scheduled service, the tourists from Europe and other African countries who enjoy the special West African hospitality, the friends and families working in Europe who want to visit home."
November 2012: Germania (GER) inaugurated services to two destinations in the Spanish Canary Islands from Erfurt/Weimar (ERF). (GER), which focuses on carrying leisure and ethnic traffic, now serves both Tenerife South (TFS) and Gran Canaria (LPA) with weekly frequencies. Previously, both destinations were served by airberlin (BER); however, (BER) pulled its Spanish routes from Erfurt/Weimar in May 2011 as part of (BER)’s network reorganization. Both services, which launched on 3 and 4 November respectively, will be operated with (BER)’s fleet of 737-700s.
March 2013: Germania (GER) (CEO), Andreas Wobig has said that (GER) would plan to acquire or lease two additional 737NG or A320 family aircraft later this year due to increased demand by tour operators for charter services. The suspension of services by German charter carriers German Sky Airlines ((ICAO) Code: GHY, based at Dusseldorf International airport (DUS)) and XL Airways Germany ((IATA) Code: X4, based at Frankfurt International airport (FRA)) in the last quarter of 2012 has left a void that Germania (GER) hopes to be able to fill in this market segment.
April 2013: Germania (GER) plans to launch twice weekly, 737-700 service from London Gatwick (LGW) to Pristina (PRN) from June 29, its first scheduled service from the United Kingdom. (GER) will be able to launch the new route as it has a 737-700 based in Gatwick on behalf of UK tour operator Sunvil Holidays during the summer season. It will be the only scheduled service between the UK and Kosovo this year.
May 2013: Germania (GER), the German carrier specializing in leisure and ethnic traffic, commenced operations on six new routes, one from Erfurt (ERF) and five from Bremen (BRE). All flights are operated using 737-700s. On May 1st, (GER) started Erfurt (ERF) to Gran Canaria (LPA), 1X weekly; on May 4th, started Bremen (BRE) to Nice (NCE), 2X weekly, (BRE) to Tenerife South (TFS), 1X weekly with competition from RyanAir (RYR); on May 5th, started (BRE) to Gran Canaria (LPA), 1X weekly, with competition from (RYR); on May 6th started (BRE) to Fuerteventura (FUE), 1X weekly with competion from (RYR) and (BRE) to Ibiza (IBZ), 1X weekly.
Germania (GER) began 3X-weekly, Moscow Domodedovo - Bremen 737 and A319 service.
Germania ((IATA) Code ST, based at Berlin Tegel (TXL)) (GER) is set to redeploy its A319-112 (4663, D-ASTA), onto its network over the summer. (D-ASTA) had been used by the (GER)'s Gambian venture, Gambia Bird (3G, Banjul International (BJL)) (GMQ), until it was withdrawn from service and returned to Germany. This now leaves Gambia Bird (GMQ) with only one airplane, A319-112 (4691, D-ASTB) with a second airplane due to join it again next winter.
(GER) continued its growth in Bremen (BRE), adding further three destinations to its network from the north-western German location, in addition to the launch of five new destinations. All new services are performed with low frequencies using (GER)’s fleet of A319s. On May 8th, 1X weekly, (BRE) to Heraklion (HER); on May 9th, 1X weekly,(BRE) to Mahon (MAH), and on May 11th, 1X weekly (BRE) to Enfida (NBE).
(GER) which in the preceding week added four routes from Bremen, inaugurated services on the 1,400 km route from Kassel-Calden (KSF) to Palma de Mallorca (PMI). The twice-weekly schedule is offered on the route and operated using 737-700s. Kassel-Calden is Germany’s newest commercial airport, having only opened in April of this year.
(GER) serves 29 countries, 113 destinations and 301 routes.
June 2013: Germania (GER) commenced operations on its sixth route from Erfurt (ERF) on June 25, when it started flying weekly to Corfu (CFU) in Greece using 737-700s. In addition, on June 29, (GER) launched twice-weekly A319-operated services from London Gatwick (LGW) to Pristina (PRN). Flights on the first route are seasonal and scheduled to terminate on September 24.
(GER) began 2X-weekly, London Gatwick - Erfurt/Weimar A319 service. (GER) is to expand its network at Erfurt and Bremen for its winter 2013/14 schedule. From November 29, (GER) will operate twice-weekly flights from Erfurt to London Gatwick. The Canary island destination Fuerteventura and Hurghada in Egypt will each be served once per week from Erfurt/Weimar.
From Bremen, (GER) is starting thrice-weekly flights to Vienna and twice-weekly services to Salzburg. (GER) will also fly once a week to Agadir, Morocco.
July 2013: Germania Fluggesellschaft (GER) is switching its scheduled and charter flights from Berlin Tegel to Schönefeld Airport as of November 1.
Germania (GER) subsidiary, Technik Brandenburg operates a maintenance hangar in Berlin Schönefeld with Air Berlin (BER). The move allows the Germania (GER) group to eliminate cost-intensive duplication of infrastructure for technical services and maintenance. By concentrating flight operations at a single site, (GER) avoids positioning flights between the two airports. “With our investment in the maintenance hangar we have already made a clear commitment to the Berlin Schönefeld location,” (CCO), Oliver Pawel said.
(GER) operates flights for tour operators from Berlin Schönefeld to the Canary Islands, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (GER) also said it will continue flights to Beirut this winter. From mid-December, it plans to fly twice a week from Berlin Schönefeld to Skopje, Macedonia.
(GER) will start flights from Leipzig and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden to Moscow as part of its winter schedule. (GER) will operate two flights per week from each of the two German airports to the Moscow's Domodedovo hub. As thrice-weekly services from Bremen to Moscow are be continued, (GER) says it is more than doubling its capacity between Germany and Moscow.
August 2013: Officials at Germania (GER), a popular airline in Germany, have selected (IFE) Services as the company's new passenger entertainment provider.
(IFE) Services will provide the Berlin-based carrier with a regularly updated package of Hollywood movies, popular TV programs and music for the enjoyment of passengers across (GER)'s entire fleet. All content will be available in German and English.
Germania (GER), founded in 1979, is one of the best known airlines in Germany. The independent airline's route network currently includes more than >50 international destinations. With main airports in Bremen, Dusseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar, and Munich, (GER) operates 10 737 and eight A319 airplanes, carrying roughly one million passengers in 2012. Some of its business is wet-leasing airplanes to other airlines.
Germania Fluggesellschaft (GER) will become the first airline to operate from the much-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the two companies announced. “As an airline based in Berlin, we have a strong interest that the new airport will be open soon,” (CCO) Oliver Pawel said.
As a first step, (GER) will switch operations from Berlin Tegel to Berlin Schoenefeld airport as of November 1 and plans to start later from the Pier Nord (North Pier). The move should help Berlin Brandenburg launch operations as soon as possible. A new Germania (GER) timetable will be announced later.
(GER) operates from Berlin to Adana (Turkey), Beirut (Lebanon) and Skopje (Macedonia) as well as charter flights to the Canary Islands, Egypt and the Middle East.
Its subsidiary, Germania (GER) Technik Brandenburg, has a maintenance facility at Berlin Schoenefeld.
Earlier this month, it has been reported the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport could start minor operations in the first half of next year with about 10 flights per day, handling around 1,500 passengers daily. The airport, which was originally planned to open in October 2011, has been delayed four times, mostly recently in early 2012 because of construction problems.
September 2013: Germania ((IATA) Code: ST, based at Berlin Tegel) (GER) will deploy their first A321-200 (5843, D-ASTD), into revenue service effective December 4. (GER) intends to initially base the A321 out of Dusseldorf for use on flights to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Pristina, Skopje, and Tenerife Sur. The Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg - Pristina route will also be served.
Germania (GER) will likely be forced to delay plans to become the first scheduled passenger operator out of Berlin Brandenburg International airport this Winter following German media reports that the local Dahme-Spreewald building authority demanded that a successful operational test-run of the airport's Pier Nord be conducted before a temporary operating permit can be conferred. As it stands, the airport is now likely to see an Autumn 2014 opening, the reports claim, though this too is uncertain given that Pier Nord is only scheduled for completion in February 2014.
(GER) will conclude a long running wet-lease contract with Air Berlin (BER) at the end of October with two 737-700s (28100, D-AGEN; 36115, D-ABLB), to be reintegrated into the airline's fleet. According to (GER) (CEO), Andreas Wobig, (GER) intends to ramp up its fleet to 22 airplanes come Summer 2014 with its first A321-200, D-ASTD (5843, D-ASTD), expected to make its début sometime in November of this year. (GER) currently operates seven A319-100s and ten 737-700s while sister carrier Germania Express ((IATA) Code: L3, based at Berlin Schönefeld) operates two A319-100s, one of them for African venture Gambia Bird ((IATA) Code: 3G, based at Banjul).
Germania (GER) currently serves 29 countries, 127 destinations and 365 routes.
October 2013: Germania (GER) will increase flights to twice-weekly from Berlin Schoenefeld to Skopje/Macedonia and increase service to Beirut to 3X-weekly during the summer high season. It will add new services from Antalya, Turkey to Kassel-Calden (2X-weekly), Rostock-Laage (weekly), Berlin-Schönefeld (2X-weekly), Friedrichshafen (2X-weekly), as well as up to 4X-weekly frequencies to Bremen.
(GER), the privately-owned airline which was once better known for its charter and ad-hoc operations, continues to refine its scheduled flying activity with the launch of flights between Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) and Beirut (BEY). The new service, to be operated twice-weekly by a mixture of A319s and 737-700s, is being switched from Berlin Tegel to Berlin Schönefeld. While there is no direct competition on the 2,718 km route, Lufthansa (DLH) will be operating from Berlin Tegel to Beirut until November 3rd. (GER) has no other scheduled flights to Beirut from Germany.
(GER) will base three airplanes in Bremen during the summer, mainly to serve leisure routes throughout Europe. (GER) will also introduce twice-weekly service from Rostock-Laage to Varna, Bulgaria, and Palma de Mallorca, as well as one weekly service Friedrichshafen-Heraklion, Greece.
November 2013: Germania (GER), the German leisure and ethnic travel operator, increased its winter season offering with the launch of new services from three German airports. Two new routes were inaugurated in Bremen (BRE), while one each commenced in Rostock-Laage (RLG) and Erfurt (ERF). All newly launched links are operated with weekly frequencies using narrow body equipment. As follows:
Bremen (BRE) to Agadir (AGA) weekly using A319s; to Enfidha (NBE) weekly using A319s; Rostok-Laage (RLG) to Tenerife Sur (TFS) weekly using 737s; and Erfurt (ERF) to Fuerteventura (FUE) weekly using 737s.
Germania (GER) has recently started three new services, two to Hurghada (HRG), as well as an operation to Vienna (VIE). The weekly services to the Egyptian hot-spot are operated from Erfurt (ERF) and Rostock-Laage (RLG), with both sectors being flown by 737-700s (both on Wednesdays), with no direct competition. Both new services began on November 6th. In addition, the Austrian capital, Vienna was linked to Bremen (BRE) twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) from November 7th, and (GER) will become the only carrier flying the city-pair. The 780 km sector will be flown by (GER)’s 150Y-seat A319s, and is currently Germania (GER)’s only route into Vienna.
(SAT), the holding company of Berlin-based German carrier, Germania (GER), has taken delivery of its first out of two A321s on order. Both airplanes are equipped with sharklets. (GER) has operated eight A319s since 2011.
The new (GER) (CFM)-powered A321 will operate exclusively for "Alltours." The 208Y-seat A321 is configured for a single class. The cabin will be equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, featuring video screens and in-seat audio channels.
December 2013: Germania (GER) launched its second service to Moscow Domodedovo (DME), this time from Leipzig (LEJ) on December 5th, joining (GER)’s existing service from Bremen (the following week will also see (GER) launch services to the Russian capital from Karlsruhe-Baden). The A319-operated, twice-weekly, 1,740 km sector will be flown on Thursdays and Sundays, and is only (GER)’s second service from Leipzig, joining its existing flights to Bremen. There is no direct competition on this exact airport-pair, and there are also no services to the other main Moscow airports from Leipzig.
(GER) connected its second regional German airport to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) in as many weeks, this time from Karlsruhe-Baden (FKB). Beginning on December 12th, the twice-weekly service will be operated by (GER)’s 148Y-seat 737-700s on Mondays and Thursdays. (GER) also began weekly (Saturdays) flights between Bremen (BRE) and Salzburg (SZG) on December 14th. The 657 km sector will be flown by (GER)’s 150Y-seat A319s. Both routes will face no competition.
January 2014: Germania (GER) launched its fifth and final route in December, beginning twice-weekly operations (Mondays and Fridays) between Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) and Skopje (SKP). Started on December 20th, the A319-operated service is currently (GER)’s only route into Macedonia. While there is no direct competition on the city-pair, Wizz Air (WZZ) is the only other airline in the Germany - Macedonia market, offering flights between Skopje and Dortmund (thrice-weekly) and Memmingen (twice-weekly).
February 2014: Germania (GER) commenced weekly services (Tuesdays) with its 737-700s from Erfurt (ERF) in Germany to Funchal (FNC) on the Portuguese island of Madeira on February 4th – its first scheduled operation to the Atlantic Ocean territory. There is no direct competition on the 3,030 km route, but it will be joined on February 25th by a weekly (GER) service to the island from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.
March 2014: Germania (GER), following the launch of services earlier in February from Erfurt, has linked Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) with Funchal (FNC) on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Starting February 25th, the weekly service (Tuesdays) is flown by (GER)’s 737-700s and faces no direct competition.
The much-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which announced in August 2013 that Germania (GER) would be the first airline to operate from the airport, has postponed its plan to start a test run for operating up to six daily flights this summer. Several German media outlets quoted Berlin Airport (CEO), Hartmut Mehdorn as saying, “We have to accept that we didn’t get enough support [from airport board members] to get the approval to start this test run.”
Germania (GER) had planned to operate from the airport’s North Pier from July 2014 to test airport systems and operations. The airport, which was originally scheduled to open in October 2011, has been delayed several times and is not expected to open before 2015 due to ongoing construction problems and technical issues.
The opening of Berlin‘s new international airport appears to be headed for another delay as airport chief, Hartmut Mehdorn wrote in a letter to the government of the German state of Brandenburg that the facility will likely open in 2016.
May 2014: Germania (GER), will begin four new routes from three different airports in Germany to two different holiday destinations in Spain and Turkey. As a result of these inaugural flights, the airline now operates two scheduled routes at Friedrichshafen (FDH) - - SEE PHOTO - - "GER-2014-05-TO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN," with Heraklion starting in June, two at Kassel (KSF) and six at Erfurt (ERF). All new routes will start on a twice-weekly basis, with the longest sector being the Kassel to Antalya (AYT) route (at 2,335 km) and with the shortest being the Friedrichshafen service to Palma de Mallorca (PMI) (at 1,054 km).
(AJW) Aviation extended its 10-year power-by-the-hour contract with Germania (GER) to cover the addition of four Airbus A321s and one A319.
June 2014: Germania (GER) has started flights from Erfurt (ERF) to Rhodes (RHO) with twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) services beginning on June 14th. A variety of equipment will fly the 2,121 km sector, and it will become (GER)’s ninth route from the German regional airport. The second new route will be operated between Düsseldorf (DUS) and Beirut (BEY), its sixth city pair from the German hub. Launched on June 12th, and expected to operate until September 21st, (GER) will utilize its 148Y-seat 737-700s on the 3,022 km route twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). Both routes will encounter no direct competition.
Berlin-based Germania (GER) is expanding its operations from Hamburg. (GER) will launch weekly flights to Rhodos on June 17. The route will face competition from a couple of incumbents, with Condor (CDF) offering thrice-weekly flights and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) operating weekly. Starting in early November, it will launch weekly services to Madeira (Portugal) and Marrakesch (Maroc), followed by twice-weekly flights to Tel Aviv in March 2015.
Germania (GER) already operates charter flights for tour operators from Hamburg, as well as an Airbus (EDS) shuttle from Hamburg Finkenwerder to Toulouse.
Germania (GER) is training pilots (FC) at Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT) again after a two-year break. (GER), which is based in Berlin, will use (LFT)’s Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 full-flight simulators in Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen, and Munich for the recurrent training of its cockpit crews (FC). The two companies signed a corresponding agreement in May 2014.
(S A T), the holding company of Berlin-based Germania (GER), has taken delivery of its first out of two, sharklet-equipped Airbus A321s on order.
A320-211 (0684, D-ASTP), ex-(UR-WRP), leased from the Apollo Aviation Group.
August 2014: Germania (GER) will launch a Switzerland-based subsidiary, which is scheduled to launch operations from March 2015.
The carrier, tentatively named "Germania Flug AG," will operate mainly from Zurich on leisure routes. According to Swiss media reports, Germania Flug will operate exclusively for tour operator "Hotelplan."
The carrier has reportedly applied for a Swiss air operator’s certificate (AOC) and plans to base one Airbus A319 at Zurich Airport.
According to its website, Germania (GER) operates four Airbus A321s, nine A319s and 10 Boeing 737-700s. (GER) transports around six million passengers a year to nearly 150 destinations.
(GER) also operates A319s for Gambia Bird Airlines (GMQ) services in West Africa, based in Banjul, Gambia.
September 2014: Germania ((IATA) Code: ST, based at Berlin Schönefeld) (GER) will expand its massively existing Münster/Osnabrück operations in summer 2015, Airline Route has reported. It currently operates one to two weekly services from the airport serving Adana, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan in summer and Hurghada in winter.
(GER) will reportedly add weekly flights to the following destinations: Antalya, Heraklion, Rhodes, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Kerkyra, Kos, Ibiza, and Tenerife Sur. All services operate on-board an A319-100.
Germania Flug (GER) will commence operations next year with its initial fleet to consist of two A319-100s the "aeroTELEGRAPH" has reported.
A joint-venture (JV) between (GER) and Swiss tour operator, Hotelplan, will commence scheduled services in Summer 2015 with flights to Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey, Djerba in Tunisia, Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt, and Kerkyra, Kos, Heraklion, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, and Zakinthos in Greece.
November 2014: Germania (GER) has introduced a number of new seasonal ‘winter sun’ services from various German airports. All of the routes are between 3,100 km and 3,800 km in length, and all will be operated just once per week, either by (GER)’s A319s or its 737-700s. Marsa Alam in Egypt, popular with divers, will be served from both Bremen (BRE) and Dresden (DRS). The most competition is on the Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) to Tenerife South (TFS) route, which is already served by Condor (CDF), easyJet (EZY) and Norwegian (NWG).
Berlin Schonefeld (SXF) to Tenerife South (TFS) 737-700 1x weekly, vs easyJet (EZY) 3x, Norwegian 3x, & Condor (CDF) 2x;
Bremen (BRE) to Marsa Alam (RMF) A319 1x;
Dresden (DRS) to (RMF) 737-700 1x;
Hamburg (HAM) to Funchal (FNC) A319 1x, vs (CDF) 1x;
Kassel-Calden (KSF) to Fuerteventura (FUE) 737-700 1x.
Germania (GER) has had a busy week, launching 10 new routes from eight different German airports. By far the most popular destination was Hurghada (HRG) in Egypt, which was launched from Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), Dresden (DRS), Düsseldorf (DUS), Friedrichshafen (FDH) and Münster/Osnabrück (FMO). With the exception of Hamburg (HAM) to Marrakech (RAK), which is flown twice-weekly, all remaining nine routes are flown weekly:
Frankfurt (FRA) to La Palma (SPC) - via (ACE) A319 1x weekly vs Condor (CDF);
Hamburg (HAM) to Marrakech (RAK) A319 2x;
Berlin Schonefeld (SXF) to Hurghada (HRG) 737 1x vs (CDF) 2x;
Friedrichshafen (FDH) to (HRG) A319 1x;
Munster/Osnabruck (FMO) to (HRG) A319 1x;
Dresden (DRS) to Agadir (AGA) via (FKB) 737 1x;
Dusseldorf (DUS) to (HRG) 737 1x vs (CDF) 3x, (BER) 2x, TUIfly 2x, SunExpress Germany 1x;
Frankfurt (FRA) to Marsa Alam (RMF) via (HRG) A321 1x vs TUIfly 1x, SunExpress Germany 1x;
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) to Agadir (AGA) 737 1x;
(DRS) to (HRG) 737 1x.
February 2015: News Item A-1: Germania (GER), begind operations to a new country market this month, linking Düsseldorf (DUS) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) with Tehran (IKA) in Iran. Both new routes will be served by (GER)’s 148Y-seat 737-700s. The 3,932 km sector from Düsseldorf started on February 20th and will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), while the 3,510 km airport pair from Berlin Schönefeld, commenced two days later, is also flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). The former city pair will face direct competition from Mahan Air (MHN), which operates from Düsseldorf to the Iranian capital thrice-weekly. (GER) has also expanded its Iranian operations, when it started the Hamburg to Mashhad city pair. On the launch from the German capital city airport, Karsten Balke, Germania (GER) (CEO) said: “With Beirut, in Lebanon, we already offer an important capital connection from Berlin to the Middle East. Now we have launched our new service to Tehran, we are very pleased that we can offer another direct connection from Berlin Schönefeld. With the start of the new service we have not only strengthened our home base, but also reinforced our commitment to the city of Berlin.”
News Item A-2: SR Technics (SWS) and Germania Fluggesellschaft (GER) have entered into an exclusive long-term agreement for engine services valued at $180 million. The agreement covers engine services on (CFM56-5B)s and (CFM56-7B)s, and these services will be carried out at (SWS)’s facilities in Zurich.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Germania (GER) started two new flights to the Middle East from Hamburg (HAM), with weekly (Wednesdays) services to Mashhad (MHD) began on February 25th, and weekly (Mondays) operations also commenced to Tel Aviv (TLV) on March 2nd. Both services are operated by (GER)’s 150Y-seat A319 fleet, and neither faces any direct competition on the respective city pairs. The inbound service from Mashhad is planned to return via Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, presumably for operational reasons, on the lengthy 4,247 km sector. These new services follow-on smartly from another route launch to the region in the previous week, namely from Düsseldorf to Tehran.
Germania (GER) has begun its second link to Tel Aviv (TLV), this time from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB), following on quickly from the start of flights to the Israeli city from Hamburg. The weekly (Mondays) operation will face no direct competition on the 2,908 km city pair and will be flown by (GER)’s 737-700s and A319s.
News Item A-2: Germania ((IATA) Code: ST, based at Berlin Schönefeld) (GER) is to phase out its remaining fleet of ten 737-700s as part of plans to transition to a homogeneous, all-Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) fleet, (CEO) Karsten Balke told "Reuters."
Karsten Balke said (GER) is looking to make the switch before 2020 with additional Airbus purchase rights to be firmed up as and when pricing permits.
Germania (GER) also operates eight A319-100s and five A321-200s on its route network which encompasses flights throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, as well as Iran and Iraq.
(GER)'s Swiss subsidiary, Germania Flug (GSW, Zurich) has now received its air operator certificate (AOC) on March 6 ahead of its planned launch of commercial operations on behalf of HolidayJet (Zurich) and Air Prishtina from March 26.
(GER) currently operates 23 airplanes and serves 19 countries, to 54 destinations, 107 routes and 40 daily flights.
May 2015: Germania (GER) has started four new routes from two of its German bases (its seventh largest operation at Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) and Münster/Osnabrück (FMO)) its joint 11th largest operation. (GER)’s biggest operational base is Düsseldorf with over >6,300 weekly seats. The average sector length of the four new routes is 2,333 km.
The routes are:
Berlin Schonefeld (SXF) to Djerba (DJE) 737 weekly, vs Tunisair (TUN) weekly;
Munster/Osnabruck (FMO) to Ibiza (IBZ), to Rhodes (RHO), and to Tenerife South (TFS), all using A319 weekly.
June 2015: Germania (GER) flights will connect Cyprus with five German cities. The arrival of (GER) to Pafos and Larnaka airports is the result of collective efforts by the tourism stakeholders of Cyprus.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Germania (GER) started its third link to Beirut (BEY) on July 1, adding Hamburg (HAM) to it’s existing operations from Düsseldorf and Berlin Schönefeld. The weekly (Wednesdays) service is flown by (GER)’s 149Y-seat 737-700s. The day before, the carrier commenced weekly flights (Tuesdays) between Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Corfu (CFU). The 1,679 km sector will be operated by (GER)’s A319 fleet. Neither route faces any direct competition.
News Item A-2: Germania (GER) has expanded its team in the UK in line with its continuing international expansion drive. (GER) recently welcomed Jeannette Cooper as Client Care & Sales Support Manager, and Gemma Williams as new Sales Administration Assistant to the Director of Sales for UK, Ireland & France.
A320-214 (3055, D-ABDO), ex-(HB-IOW), airBerlin (BER) leased.
September 2015: Germania Flug ((IATA) Code: GM, based at Zurich) (GMZ) has announced it will add a third aircraft (A321-200sl) to its fleet of two A319-100s with effect from October 25. The jet (5843, D-ASTD) will be used, inter alia, to operate flights to Pristina, Kosovo, and Skopje, Macedonia for and on behalf of tour operator, Air Prishtina. This year, flights to Kosovo will operate not only from Zurich, but also from Geneva.
Though its A319 charter contract with Swiss virtual carrier, HolidayJet (Zurich) has now fallen through, the Germania ((ICAO) Code: (CST), based at Berlin Schönefeld) subsidiary says it is currently in talks with a variety of Swiss and German tour operators interested in using its services for regional leisure flights. As such, given current projections, Germania Flug (GMZ) is considering adding a third A319 to its fleet to cope with an anticipated surge in demand during summer 2016.
November 2015: Germania (GER) launched 2 new services, both on November 2. (GER) linked Dortmund (DTM) and Fuerteventura (FUE) with a 2x-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays), A319-operated service. In addition, it began a 3x-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays), 737-700-operated route from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Tel Aviv (TLV). (GER) had intended to operate to Eilat Ovda, but decided to switch the route between its announcement and the start of service. Neither city pair faces any direct competition.
May 2016: Germania (GER) has commenced 6 new routes. The longest sector distance of the 6 routes was on the city pair from Stuttgart (STR) to Larnaca (LCA), at 2,520 km, while the shortest was the 1,407 km link from Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) to Malaga (AGP). The average sector length of the 6 new services is 2,213 km. 3 of the 4 destination airports are already served from some of (GER)’s other German bases: – Malaga from Erfurt; Larnaca from Munich; and Paphos from Erfurt, Berlin Schönefeld, Düsseldorf and Hamburg.
Routes as follows:
Dresden (DRS) to Malaga (AGP), 737-700 2x-weekly;
Stuttgart (STR) to Larnaca (LCA), A319 1x-;
(DRS) to Paphos (PFO), 737-700 1x-;
Munster/Osnabruck (FMO) to Malaga (AGP), A319 1x-;
Berlin Schonefeld (SXF) to Bodrum (BJV), 737-700 1x-;
Hamburg (HAM) to (BJV), A319 1x-.
October 2016: News Item A-1: (NYCO) was selected by Germania (GER) to supply Turbonycoil 600 synthetic oil for its (CFM56)s.
News Item A-2: Czech Airlines (CSA) Technic has 5-year Germania (GER) contract to provide base maintenance for its A320ceos/A320neos/737s.
May 2017: Germania (GER) launched the 1st connection between Zurich (ZRH) and Rostock (RLG) on May 19. Operated 2x-weekly (Fridays and Sundays), (GER) will serve the unique 764 km city pair on its fleet of 737-700s. On May 26, the Hanseatic city will also boast a direct link to Vienna thanks to (GER).
In addition to this service (GER) has opened a base in Palma de Mallorca (PMI), adding 3 new routes to 3 different countries (namely Dortmund (DTM; Germany), Maastricht (MST; Netherlands) and Strasbourg (SXB; France)). Throughout the summer season, daily flights to Friedrichshafen, Münster/Osnabrück, Dresden, Bremen and Nuremberg will be available from the base. Erfurt and Rostock will also be connected with the island, several times per week. Flights to Cuxhaven/Nordholz will also be offered in autumn from Palma de Mallorca.
New services were also launched from Hamburg (HAM) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), (GER)’s 9th and 14th largest bases in terms of weekly seats, to Menorca (MAH) and Kos (KGS) respectively.
June 2017: A319-112 (1886, D-ASTK), ex-(HB-JVK), (AWAS) (AWW) leased.
August 2017: News Item A-1: Germania (GER)'s new subsidiary, Bulgarian Eagle (BGR) has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Bulgaria’s aviation authorities. Bulgarian Eagle (BGR) is a new aircraft-crew-maintenance-insurance (ACMI) carrier that was founded in November 2016 to increase Germania (GER)’s presence in the wet-lease business segment. According to (GER), 1 150-seat Airbus A319 will be based at London’s Gatwick Airport. The 1st aircraft bearing the Germania (GER) livery will initially operate on (GER) routes.
Germania (GER) (CEO) Karsten Balke said: “From the very start, wet lease was an important feature of (GER)’s operations, and now we are strengthening once again.” A large part of the (GER) fleet was used by other airlines on the basis of wet-lease arrangements. As these contract periods became increasingly shorter, the airline was unable to offer wet-lease options, given the other aspects of (GER)’s business model and structure.
Bulgarian Eagle (BGR) (CEO) Ralf Nagel said: “As our fleet expands, we can well imagine that in the future we will also make our services available to other airlines.” (GER) transports >2.8 million passengers per year from 20 European airports to >55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East.
Together with its Swiss affiliated company, Germania Flug AG (GER) and Bulgarian Eagle (BGR), the airline currently operates 29 aircraft.
News Item A-2: Berlin-based Germania (GER) is expanding its flight schedule for 2018 in an effort to fill a void in the German air travel market following the announcement of (BER)’s insolvency.
“As a result of the current [(BER)] situation, we have decided to expand our flight program for those travelers and tour operators that are looking for comfort and planning security,” (CEO) Karsten Balke said. Because of increased demand from tour operators, (BER) said that beginning in 2018 it will operate from both Berlin airports (Tegel and Schoenefeld) to European holiday destinations.
(GER) also plans to increase its presence at Dusseldorf, a strong market and main airberlin (BER) hub, and add more flights to several European holiday destinations.
At Nurnberg, capacity to Palma de Mallorca will be doubled. New flights from Zurich (Switzerland) include routes to Ibiza (Spain), Samos (Greece) and to the Canary Islands (Spain).
For summer 2018, Germania (GER) will operate from 9 German airports to Palma de Mallorca (Spain). In addition to the high season, its recently opened base at Palma will remain open for the lower demand months of March and November.
Detailed flight plans will be announced in each region separately.
(GER) carries >3 million passengers per year to >55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. (GER) operates 29 aircraft, including Airbus A319s, A321s and Boeing 737-700s.
January 2018: Berlin-based Germania (GER) is preparing its most comprehensive fleet renewal program beginning in 2020.
(GER) has said it will begin replacing 10 Boeing 737-700s with Airbus (EDS) A320 family aircraft within the next 15 months. The 1st 3 737s will leave the fleet by the end of April; the last 737 should leave by the start of the summer season 2019.
In July 2016, Germania (GER) ordered 25 180-seat Airbus A320neos, with 15 options, in a deal valued at $2.7 billion. (GER) selected Pratt & Whitney (PRW)’s PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines to power the A320neos.
Together with Airbus (EDS) and other flight schools, (GER) has organized an in-house program for all Boeing (TBC) pilots (FC) to retrain on Airbus (EDS) aircraft and acquire the necessary type rating. “The reorganization of our operational base to the A320neo represents a major project for (GER),” (CEO) Karsten Balke said. In addition to cockpit crews (FC), the fleet transformation also affects numerous processes of technology and maintenance as well as flight planning and purchasing.
(GER) transports >3 million passengers per year from 20 European airports to >55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East.
Together with its Swiss affiliated company Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle, (GER) currently operates 29 aircraft.
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GER-A319 - 2013-08
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GER-A321 - 2013-11
0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3B2) (1604-24221, /88 D-AGEJ), 148Y.
0 737-3M8 (CFM56-3B2) (1991-25015, /91 D-AGEK "SPIRIT OF PETER KIESSLING"), SOLD TO (BAV). 144Y.
0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1513-23921, /88 D-ADIH), IN (BER) COLORS. 136Y.
0 737-322 (CFM56-3) (1532-23951, D-AGEA, 2005-04; 1670-24320, D-AGEB, 2005-05), (PEB) LEASED. 23951 LST (DBA) 2005-08. 23951; CONVERTED TO F BY (PEMCO) & LEASED TO (AAG) 2009-05. FREIGHTER & 136Y.
0 737-329 (CFM56-3B2) (1412-23775, /87 D-ADII), EX-(BER). 136Y.
0 737-35B (CFM56-3B2) (1624-24237, /88 D-AGEG), (PEB) LEASED, LEASED TO (UKR) 1998. RF (UKR) 2002-11. WET-LEASED TO (DBA) 2004-07. 148Y.
0 737-35B (CFM56-3B2) (1626-24238, /88 D-AGEE - - SEE PHOTO - - "GER-737-35B-2010-04"), LEASED TO (UKA). LEASED TO (DBA) 2004-02. 148Y.
8 737-75B (CFM56-7B22) (5-28110, /98 D-AGEL; 16-28100, /98 D-AGEN; 18-28102, /98 D-AGEP; 23-28103, /98 D-AGEQ; 27-28107, /98 D-AGER; 28-28108, /98 D-AGES; 31-28109, /98 D-AGET; 39-28104, /98 D-AGEU; 36115, D-ABLB); 28105; 28108; 5 YR WET-LEASED TO (CDF); 28105; 28106; SOLD TO (TBC), LEASED TO (GOT) 2000-12 (13-28099; 17-28101; SOLD TO (TBC) 2001-01). 8 WET-LEASED TO (HAP), FOR 2002-12, 28104 LEASED TO (HAP) EXPRESS (2003-03). 28106 LEASED TO (MRS). 28110, D-AGEL; WET-LEASED TO (BER). WITH WINGLETS. ALL TO BE PHASED OUT BY SUMMER SEASON 2019. 149Y.
2 737-73S (CFM56-7B22) (103-29076, /98 D-AGEY; 104-29077, /98 D-AGEZ), (PEB) LEASED 1999-03, LEASED TO (AZR) 2001-02 FOR 3 YEARS. RETURNED FROM (AZR) 2004-01. 29076; 29077; LEASED TO (MRS) 2004-04. TO ALL TO BE PHASED OUT BY SUMMER SEASON 2019. 149Y.
0 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B), 4 CANCELLED:
0 MD-81 (JT8D-219) (1181-49277, /85 HB-INR), RETURNED. 161Y.
0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (49227; 49569; 49572; 49844; 49930; 53149; 53150), LEASED TO (ZXD) 2002-10. 53149 LEASED TO (AZD) 2004-07. 6 RETURNED. 162Y.
0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1368-49572, /88 HB-INZ), LEASED TO (SPP) 2001-05. RETURNED. 162Y.
9 A319-112 (CFM56-6B6/P) (D-AHIL, /09 2011-04; 4663, D-ASTA; 4691, D-ASTB; D-ASTX), EX-(HAU). 4663; WET-LEASED TO (GMQ) 2012-09. 4691; RETURNED FROM (GMQ) 2013-05. RETURNED FROM (GMQ) 2014-08. 150Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-6B6/P) (1886, D-ASTK), EX-(HB-JVK) (AWAS) LEASED 2017-06. 150Y.
1 A320-211 (0684, D-ASTP), EX-(UR-WRP), APOLLO AVIATION GROUP LEASED 2014-07.
25 ORDERS A320neo (PRW) PUREPOWER GEARED TURBOFAN (GTF):
1 A320-214 (3055, D-ABDO), EX-(HB-IOW), AIRBERLIN (BER) LEASED 2015-07.
4 A321-200 (CFM) (5343, D-ASTD), 2013-11. WITH SHARKLETS. 208Y.
1 A321-200sl (5843, D-ASTD) FOR (GMZ) OPERATIONS 2015-09.
00 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11276, /03 D-AGPA; 11278, /03 D-AGPB; 11300, /03 D-AGPE; 11303 /03 D-AGPF; 11310, D-AGPI, 2003-09; 11312, D-AGPJ, 2004-04; 11314, D-AGPL, 2003-08; 11331, D-AGPM, 2004-02; 11333, D-AGPN, 2003-07; 11337, D-AGPP, 2003-06; 11338, D-AGPQ, 2003-11), EX-(USA), PCASL LEASED 2003-01, 3 WET-LEASED TO (BER) 2004-03. 1 WET-LEASED TO (DBA) 2004-05. 11334, D-AGPO; WET-LEASED TO (BER) 2004-06. 11333 WET-LEASED TO (HAP) 2005-03. 11343; EX-(TPR), (PEB) LEASED. 11399; RETURNED 2008-01. ALL PHASED OUT BY END OF 2008. 100Y.
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KARSTEN BALKE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
DR MUSTAFA MUSCATI, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
PETER KIESSLING, MANAGING/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, (TXLMMST),
OLIVER PAWEL, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).
DR GERHARD SCHUFMANN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT/GROUND OPERATIONS & AIR SAFETY, CHIEF PILOT (TXLDOST) (email@example.com).
EKKEHARD SOLDAT, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.
MANFRED HEUER, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & LOGISTICS
JAN LIMBACH, DIRECTOR MARKETING.
ALBERTO MARTIN RODRIGUEZ, CHIEF PILOT.
HANS-PETER MUELLER, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
THOMAS WAZINSKI, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
FRIEDHELM BORGHARD, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER (1997-05).
MS VICKY KRAMER, MARKETING MANAGER.
PAUL SCODELLARO, SALES MANAGER.
MRS EDDA GAUCH, MANAGER ADMINISTRATION.
WOLFGANG VIEWEG, BUSINESS MANAGER.
LUFTHANSA TECHNIK - BERLIN SCHOENEFELD:
ANDREAS KADEN, GENERAL MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE & OVERHAUL
EBERHARD KOHL, MANAGER ENGINEERING, PRODUCTION PLANNING & MATERIAL (1996-10).
BERND BRENDEL, MANAGER OF PRODUCTION.
THOMAS KUHN, MANAGER AIRCRAFT LINE & BASE MAINTENANCE, (2001-09).
MS JEANNETTE COOPER, CLIENT CARE & SALES SUPPORT MANAGER (2015-07).
MS GEMMA WILLIAMS, SALES ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF SALES FOR UK, IRELAND, & FRANCE (2015-07).
RAINER KOETHE, SUPERVISOR ENGINEERING.