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Airlines

Name: CIRRUS AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: RUS
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: SAARBRUCKEN
Country: GERMANY
Employees 300
Web: cirrus-airlines.de
Email: sales@cirrus-airlines.de
Telephone: +49 6893 80040
Fax: +49 6893 800420
Sita: SCNOPC9
Background
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RUS-INCDT-MAR08

Formed and started operations in 1995. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Flughafen Saarbrucken
66131 Saarbrucken, Germany

Formerly was an executive charter business from Saarbrucken, flying businessmen and VIPs all over the world. In March 1998, Cirrus Airlines (RUS) obtained its Air Operator Licence (AOL) for scheduled air traffic.

September 2006: 650 employees.

January 2007: Cirrus Airlines (RUS) added Daniel Noraman to its management board and named him Managing Director.

February 2007: Berlin Airports announced that Tempelhof International Airport (THF) will close on October 31, 2008, following a decision by the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg. The number of airlines serving the airport has fallen to single digits - - Brussels Airlines (EBA)/(DAT), Sterling Airlines (STR) and Cirrus Airlines (RUS) are the largest - - and last month's throughput was down -45.4% year-over-year to just 26,500 passengers. Berlin Airports CEO, Rainer Schwarz said the company has lost -115 million/-$149.4 million on (THF) in the past decade. Airlines will be allowed to transfer to either Schoenefeld or Tegel.

March 2007: Futura (FUA) Germany will launch from Leipzig on April 30 with a 737-400 using the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from Cirrus Airlines (RUS).

November 2007: (DLH) will start thrice-daily, Frankfurt - Billund flights at the end of March. Eurowings (EWG) will operate the route with B Ae 146-300s. (DLH) currently code shares with Cirrus Airlines (RUS).

December 2007: Berlin Tempelhof (THF), Germany's oldest airport, will close on October 31, 2008, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig ruled this week. Several airlines complained about the decision, which is tied to the construction of the new Brandenburg facility, which should be in operation by 2012. The City of Berlin withdrew Tempelhof's operating license to prepare for next fall's closure. (THF), which counts Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) and Cirrus Airlines (RUS) as two of the few scheduled carriers still flying there, is famous as the site of the Berlin Airlift in 1948 to 1949.

March 2008: INCDT: A Cirrus Airlines (RUS) Dornier 328 turboprop (D-CTOB) overran the runway at Mannheim City Airport, and crashed into an earthen barrier, causing significant damage to the left wing and engine. None of the 24 passengers or three crew (FC)/(CA) was injured. The flight was en route from Berlin Tempelhof. See attached photo and article - - "RUS-INCDT-MAR08."

July 2008: Berlin Tempelhof will close for good on October 30. Final scheduled flight at the historic 85-year-old facility will be an 8 pm Cirrus Airlines (RUS) service to Mannheim aboard a Do-328.

January 2009: Cirrus Airlines (RUS) operates charter as well as scheduled jet airplane flights, the latter on behalf of Lufthansa (DLH).

Employees = 420.

(IATA) Code: C9 - 251. (ICAO) Code: RUS (Callsign - CIRRUS).

Parent organization/shareholders: GB Holding (100%).

Alliances: Lufthansa (DLH); & Swiss (CSR).

Main Base: Saarbrucken Ensheim Airport (SCN).

Domestic scheduled destinations: Berlin; Cologne; Dresden; Erfurt; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Heringsdorf; Leipzig/Halle; Mannheim; Munich; Saarbruckenj; & Westerland.

International scheduled destination: Billund; Brno; London; Skopje; & Zurich.

January 2010: Cirrus Airlines (RUS) promoted Director Sales & Marketing, Ingrid Jung to Managing Director.

August 2010: Cirrus Airlines (RUS) will launch daily, Zurich Graz service in its winter schedule aboard a Dornier 328 in cooperation with code share partner, Swiss (CSR).

January 2012: Cirrus Airlines (RUS) has given up its Münster/Osnabrück - Salzburg route on August 4 as well as its Mannheim - Berlin Tegel and Munich - Erfurt routes on December 23. (RUS) has temporarily wet-leased a CRJ-200 from Adria Airways (ADR) for two months to test the airplane type on its route network. It has also terminated its code share agreement with Air Moldova (MDV) on the Frankfurt International - Chisinau route.

Later, German regional carrier, Cirrus Airlines (RUS) ceased operations on January 20, announcing insolvency at a court in Saarbrucken. German Aviation Authority, Luftfahrt-Bundesamt said the financially troubled carrier was not permitted to transport passengers and freight on a regular air services basis.

(RUS) said that all 300 employees are still working but it is unclear if and when (RUS) will restart operations.

One possible investor, Swiss regional SkyWork Airlines, recently ceased negotiations with (RUS).

(RUS) operated seven regional routes between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Some of its routes were operated as code share flights for Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) and Lufthansa (DLH) with up to eight Dornier 328-100 airplanes. One Embraer EMB-170 had been used for charter operations.

March 2012: Cirrus Airlines (RUS) could potentially resume operations later this year if a plan put forward by OLT Express Germany owner, Amber Gold is accepted by the administrators. Amber Gold is reportedly planning to take over the insolvent German regional carrier and to resume domestic regional operations in Germany with one of the airlines' Do328-100s as well as three EMB-190s. The new owners would lay off 100 of the remaining (RUS) employees, mainly Do328 flight crews (FC) and then resume operations from Saarbrücken Ensheim (SCN). (RUS) had no longer served Saarbrücken itself since 2007.

OLT Express Germany ((IATA) Code: OL, based at Bremen Neuenland airport (BRE)) has reached an agreement with the administrators of insolvent Cirrus Airlines (RUS) to take over the company for an undisclosed sum. (OLT) plans to base three 100 seat airplanes, possibly EMB-190s, at Saarbrücken Ensheim airport (SCN) and take over 100 Cirrus employees marketing, sales and distribution department as well as the technical services and tour operating divisions of Cirrus Airlines (RUS). Brussels National Zaventem airport (BRU), Copenhagen Kastrup airport (CPH), Vienna International airport (VIE) and Zurich Kloten airport (ZRH) have been mentioned as possible destinations from Saarbrücken.

May 2012: OLT Express Germany (OL, Bremen Neuenland (BRE)) has given up plans to acquire assets and to take over staff of bankrupt regional carrier Cirrus Airlines (RUS).

Advance Air (based at Frankfurt International airport (FRA)) plans to operate three weekly scheduled Cessna Citation services between Münster/Osnabrück International (FMO) and Stuttgart Echterdingen (STR) airports from May 28 taking over a route previously served by Cirrus Airlines (RUS).

Fleet:
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May 2012:

1 737-53C (CFM56-3C1) (1894-24825, /90 D-ACIN), ACGC LSD 2004-05, WET-LST (ADR). 108Y.

3 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-102 (PW120A) (153, /89 D-D-BOBO; 177, /89 D-BOBY 225, /90 D-BOBL), 36Y.

1 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-103 (PW121) (310, /91 D-BIER), 37Y.

1 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-311 (PW123) (252, /90 D-BOBU), 50Y.

3 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-314 (PW123B) (313, /92 D-BHAM; 350, /93 D-BMUC; 356, /93 D-BKIM), 50Y.

1 CRJ-200, (ADR) WET-LSD 2011-12.

2 EMBRAER EMB-145 (AE3007A1) (230, /00 D-ACIR "SAARBRUCKEN;" 564, /02 D-ACIA), 50Y.

2 EMBRAER EMB-170LR (CF34-8E5) (0059, /04 D-ALIE), 76Y.

10 DORNIER 328 (PW119) (3011, /94 D-CIRD; 3017, /94 D-CIRB; 3041, /96 D-CIRC; 3066, /96 D-CPRP; 3077, /97 D-CIRA; 3085, /97 D-COSA; 3100, /99 D-CCIR), 31Y.

3 DORNIER 326JET (PW306B) (3130, /99 D-BGAQ; 3131, /99 D-BGAL), 31Y.

Management:
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GERD BRANDECKER, JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDER.

INGRID JUNG, MANAGING DIRECTOR (2010-01).

KARL HEINZ ALTMALER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

ANDREAS OTTO, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

 
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