Eurowings


Eurowings
Eurowings
IATA
EW
ICAO
EWG
Callsign
EUROWINGS
Founded 1993
Commenced operations 1 January 1994
Hubs Düsseldorf International Airport
Focus cities Nuremberg Airport
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 24
Destinations 48
Parent company Lufthansa
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people Friedrich Wilhelm Weitholz (Chairman)
Website www.eurowings.com
A Eurowings Bombardier CRJ900 taxiing at Berlin Tegel Airport (2010).
A Eurowings Bombardier CRJ200 in Lufthansa Regional livery landing at Birmingham International Airport (2007).
A Eurowings BAe 146-300 landing at Bristol International Airport, England (2008).
A BAe 146-200 landing at London Heathrow Airport, featuring the now discontinued Eurowings livery (2006).

Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG, part of Lufthansa Regional, is an airline with its head office in the Dortmund Administrative Center Dortmund, Germany,[1] with Düsseldorf designated as the seat of the company.[2] Eurowings operates scheduled domestic and European flights on behalf of Lufthansa. The headquarters and maintenance base at Dortmund Airport were recently closed. The base at Nuremberg Airport will be shut in spring 2011.[citation needed]

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History

The airline was formed in 1993 following a merger of Nürnberger Flugdienst (NFD) and Reise- und Industrieflug (RFG), two commuter airlines based in Nürnberg and Dortmund, respectively. Flight operations using an initial fleet of ATR 42 and 72 aircraft inherited from Eurowing's predecessors were launched on 1 January 1994. Subsequently, BAe 146 aircraft were added to the fleet, which were later followed by larger Airbus A320 family aircraft and even an Airbus A310.[3] Independent flight operations came to end when Eurowings was acquired by Lufthansa.[when?]

As at 31 December 2006, Lufthansa had a 49% shareholding in Eurowings with a call option for 50.91% of the remaining stakes, bringing the company into the Lufthansa Group fold.[4] At that time, Eurowings was the owner of Germanwings, thus creating a low-cost branch within the Lufthansa concern. Plans to merge these two airlines with TUIfly (controlled by TUI Travel) into a joint and independent holding company, were brought forth during 2008, but did not materialize.[5] Instead, Lufthansa announced in December 2008 to acquire Germanwings from Eurowings.[6]

In September 2010 Eurowings closed its headquarters in Dortmund, Germany, and the technical infrastructure as well and moved to Düsseldorf. As from March 2011 the maintenance at Nürnberg Airport will be closed down, too.

Destinations

As of December 2010, Eurowings operates scheduled flights to the following services destinations, which are all operated on behalf of Lufthansa:

Fleet

As of August 2011, the Eurowings fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 4.0 years, which are all painted in Lufthansa Regional colors:[7][8]

Eurowings fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers
Bombardier CRJ200
1
50
Bombardier CRJ900
23
86
Total 24

Fleet development

Over the years, Eurowings operated the following aircraft types:[3]

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A310
1994
1995
Airbus A319
1997
2002
Airbus A320
2002
2003
ATR 42
1994
2005
ATR 72
1994
2006
Boeing 737-300
2001
2003
BAe 146
1994
2010
Bombardier CRJ200
2001
2011
Bombardier CRJ700
2007
2011
Bombardier CRJ900
2009

Incidents

On 22 February 1998 at 19:28 local time, a Eurowings ATR 72 (registered D-ANFA) was hit by the exhaust blast of a Tupolev Tu-154 while taxiing at Frankfurt Airport following a scheduled flight from Berlin Tempelhof Airport. The nose gear of the ATR was lifted in the air by a least 1 metre and was substantially damaged when the aircraft slammed back on the ground. The incident occurred because the Eurowings pilot had misinterpreted an ATC clearance and started taxiing behind the Tupolev instead of holding the position.[9]

References

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