- Germania (airline)
key_people=O. Markow (CEO)
Berlin-Tegel International Airport
Germania (Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH) is an
airlinebased in Berlin-Tegel International Airport, Germany. It operates mainly dry and wet leaseservices for other airlines, as well as a reduced holiday charter programme to the Mediterranean, North Africaand Kosovo.
Germania was founded in
April 1978as SAT in Cologneand started operations in September 1978. It was renamed Germania in June 1986.cite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International| page= 86 | date= 2007-04-03] In 1992the head office was relocated to Berlin-Tegel. In the same year Germania won the bid for flight services from the old German capital ( Bonn) to the new one ( Berlin) on behalf of the German government, establishing a short-lived "Beamten-Shuttle" ("shuttle for civil servants").
The airline's main business is now the charter business: Germania flies, amongst others, on behalf of the German travel concern TUI and the German airline
TUIfly. In 1998, the airline pioneered the use of aircraft for advertising in Germany. From 2003to March 2005Germania was acting in the low-cost airline business with its wholly owned affiliate "gexx" ( Germania Express), until its operations were absorbed into dba. Air Berlinchief, Joachim Hunold, was tasked by Germania owner, Hinrich Bischoff, to take charge of the future of the company shortly before Bischoff's death on 11 November 2005. However, an agreement between Bischoff and Hunold wasn't reached in the end as Bischoff's heirs refused to accept. The airline had 647 employees as of March 2007.
Germania operates charter services from:
Berlinto Adana, Ankara, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri( Turkey)
Berlinto Bastia( Corsica)
Berlinto Heraklion( Crete)
Berlinto Tel Aviv( Israel)
Berlinto Pristina( Kosovo)
The flights for
TUIflyand Air Berlinare operated to their destinations.
The Germania fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of
10 September 2008) [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=ST&al_op=1] :
Boeing 737-300(one aircraft is operated for Air Berlin)
Boeing 737-700(six aircraft are operated for Air Berlin)
Fokker 100(six aircraft are operated for Air Berlin)
Note: aircraft in full Germania colors are contracted by tour-operators not wishing to fly their customers with planes in
10 September 2008, the average age of the Germania fleet is 12 years ( [http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/Germania.htm] ).
* [http://www.germania.aero/ Germania]
* [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=ST&al_op=1 Germania Fleet]
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