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Two airliners collide on the ramp at Tel Aviv

Germania flight ST 4915 with Boeing 737-76J D-ABLB (msn 36115) was being pushed back from the gate at Tel Aviv today (March 28) when it collided with a parked El Al Boeing 767-3Q8 ER EX-EAK (msn 27600) operating flight LY 385. Both aircraft sustained substantial damage when the 737 tail struck the horizontal stabilizer of the 767.

There were no reported injuries. Both flights were cancelled.

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Germania sets up additional services to Turkey and year-round flights to Antalya

Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A321-211 WL D-ASTW (msn 970) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938700.

After a successful sales start for flights in summer 2018 to Turkish destinations, Germania has set up additional services to the Turkish Riviera. Additionally, more flights for next winter have been added to the Antalya schedule. From eight German airports (Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt-Weimar, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Rostock-Laage, Berlin-Schönefeld, and Friedrichshafen), the airline with the distinctive green-and-white livery will continue to fly to the popular destination during winter season. Most of the connections will be operated year-round.

Germania heads for 15 Turkish airports in total. Compared to last year, the airline’s holiday flights will increase by 57 percent in volume. This includes new connections that have already been announced: from Nuremberg and Berlin-Schönefeld to Antalya, from Münster/Osnabrück to Istanbul and from Dusseldorf to Kütahya/Zafer.

From Germany and Switzerland, Germania will offer up to 60 weekly flights to Turkey. The flight program does not only include holiday destinations, but also connections associated with the VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travel sector.

Already in December 2017, Germania announced several new routes from Berlin. Multiple weekly connections are offered to Antalya and Bodrum as well as to Dalaman, Samsun, Kayseri, and Gaziantep.

The development benefits from the fact that Germania did not withdraw from the Turkish market in the last two years. During a meeting between Germania’s management and Turkey’s tourism minister Numan Kurtulmuş at ITB trade fair in Berlin last week, the independent airline received additional positive feedback on building strong touristic relations.

TopCopyright Photo (all others by Germania): Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A321-211 WL D-ASTW (msn 970) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938700.

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Germania to retire its 10 Boeing 737-700s to become all-Airbus

Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937668.

Germania is setting a course to have an all-Airbus fleet in 2019. The airline made this announcement:

Germania will be implementing the most comprehensive fleet replacement measures in its corporate history. In this context, the airline is now setting the course for the standardization of its fleet.

Over the next 15 months, the ten Boeing type 737-700s in the fleet will be retired and replaced with Airbus aircraft. The first three Boeing aircraft will be leaving as early as the end of April this year while the last Boeing plane will leave Germania at the start of the 2019 summer season at the latest.

Together with Airbus and additional flight training schools, Germania is organizing an inhouse training for all Boeing pilots to be retrained to fly Airbus planes and obtain a type rating for their new workstation. This way, the airline will be paving the way for 2020 and the seamless integration of the 25 type A320neo aircraft that have been ordered.

In July 2016, Germania signed a contract for the delivery of 25 Airbus A320neos with an option on 15 additional aircraft of the same type. The aircraft on order will have 180 seats and be equipped with the latest generation of Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines. A high level of fuel efficiency and low noise emissions are key features of these aircraft, which are among the most modern of their kind.

Germania is an independent German airline which was established over 30 years ago. On short-haul and medium-haul flights the airline, with its distinctive green and white livery, carries more than 3 million passengers per year. Germania offers connections from 20 departure airports in Europe to over 55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Reversing the common industry trend, Germania continues to offer complimentary snacks, soft drinks, magazines and a minimum of 20 kg free baggage allowance. Germania operates scheduled, charter and ad-hoc flights. Together with the Swiss airline Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle, Germania’s fleet currently has 29 aircraft. Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH is responsible for the company’s aircraft maintenance.

Copyright Photo: Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937668.

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Germania adds new routes

Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A319-112 D-ASTR (msn 3950) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 936778.

In the summer of 2018, Germania is expanding its route network between Berlin and Turkey.

Five new Turkish destinations will be served by Germania every week: Dalaman, Samsun, Kayseri, Adana and Gaziantep.

Germania already operates flights from Berlin to attractive tourist destinations in Turkey. Three times a week to Antalya, and twice weekly to Bodrum. Next summer, Germania is going to increase its services from Berlin-Schönefeld and Berlin-Tegel and will offer a total of ten flights a week to Turkey.

Outside of Germany, Germania Flug (Switzerland) is adding a weekly Zurich – Vilnius A319 effective November 5, 2018.

In addition, the company will also add weekly A319 service linking Toulouse and Palermo.

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Germania reacts to the Swiss court decision against its lawsuit against Hotelplan

Holiday Jet (Germania) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 929001.

Germania issued this statement on December 20, 2017:

On November 28, 2017, the Zurich commercial court dismissed the action filed by Germania Flug AG against Hotelplan. Germania now has filed a complaint regarding this resolution with the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne.

In the litigation, Germania had contested Hotelplan’s termination after only six months of the three-year charter agreement Hotelplan had entered into with Germania. Hotelplan alleged that Germania had operated fewer than 95% of the flights on its 2015 summer schedule with its own aircraft. Germania asserted that the termination was void because Hotelplan was not allowed to count flights which were not operated due to a lack of suitable slots towards the 95% threshold (“slot restriction”). According to the commercial court, the action had to be dismissed on the following grounds: “Even under the assumption that a slot restriction had been agreed upon, Germania was not able to explain why no suitable slots had been obtained.” In the brief subsidiary reasoning it was stated: “No slot restriction had been agreed upon.”

Germania does not share the commercial court’s opinion. It remains undisputed that the matter is complex and the file related to the suit is extensive. However, the strikingly brief decision shows that several facts and arguments put forward by Germania were acknowledged insufficiently by the commercial court.

Most of the considerations on which the resolution is based disregard the parties’ pleadings. Hence, key portions of the resolution are built on doubtful premises. Germania now has brought the decision before the next higher level for review and trusts that the Federal Court will take all the pleadings into consideration in its decision.

According to Wikipedia:

The airline was founded in August 2014 in cooperation with the German airline Germania,[4] who also lend its corporate design, and Swiss leisure company Hotelplan with the aim to operate leisure charter flights using the brand Holiday Jet. Following the inaugural flight on March 26, 2015, for the summer 2015 and winter 2015/2016, Germania Flug operated from Zürich to 17 leisure destinations in Europe and North Africa.

However, from November 2015 Germania Flug stopped its collaboration with HolidayJet and operates soley under its own brand name since.

Copyright Photo: Holiday Jet (Germania) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 929001.

Germania returns to Berlin Tegel

Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-75B WL D-AGEN (msn 28100) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 923545.

Germania issued this statement on November 1, 2017:

The aircraft with the green and white livery are once again taking off from Berlin-Tegel Airport (below). After a three year absence, the independent German airline Germania has returned to the airport in north Berlin, holding an inaugural flight to Gran Canaria.

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Germania now offers flights from Tegel in addition to Berlin-Schönefeld, giving Berlin’s inhabitants an even greater choice of flights to sunny destinations. The airline will continue to utlilize its hangar on the south side of the city, ensuring quick aircraft maintenance.

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New routes from Tegel include 6 destinations in Egypt, Israel and Spain. In May, another 7 destinations will be added to the schedule, totally 13. Moreover, the Canary Islands, Faro and Madeira/Funchal in Portugal, will be served, along with Marsa Alam in Egypt. Several Greek islands like Kos, Corfu, Crete and Rhodes, will also be included. In addition, Germania will provide a daily connection from summer 2018 to Palma de Mallorca from Berlin-Tegel.

Top Copyright Photo Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-75B WL D-AGEN (msn 28100) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 923545. (all others by Germania).

 

 

Germania to grow 400% in Berlin

Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A321-211 WL D-ASTW (msn 970) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938700.

Germania is growing its presence in the German capital due to the collapse of Airberlin. The airline issued this statement:

On Friday morning a Germania flight took off from Berlin-Schönefeld headed for Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt with 201 passengers on board. With a second aircraft now based at Schönefeld, Germania is flying this route, among others, once a week during the winter season, thereby reviving a service between the German capital and the Red Sea beach resort that has not been available for four and a half years.

Additional new features in Germania’s winter flight schedule from SXF include Hurghada, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. The service to Hurghada is being increased from once a week to three times per week. Travellers can now also escape the cold winter temperatures by flying to the Canary Islands Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. As in the last winter season, there will also be flights to Tenerife and Paphos in Cyprus. Among the scheduled routes to the Middle East, Germania will continue operating several weekly flights to Teheran and Beirut this winter, thereby establishing itself as a firm partner for intercultural flights.

The airline with the green and white livery is committed to a policy for growth at this base, which also covers Berlin-Tegel airport. From 1 November 2017 Germania will be basing an aircraft there, offering flights to the Canary islands of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife, in conjunction with tour operators. The plan is to further increase the fleet in May 2018, when Germania will be operating two additional aircraft from Berlin-Tegel.

“Germania will achieve 400% growth in Berlin,” commented Clauspeter Schwarz, Germania’s Chief Operating Officer, on Friday, when the first of the new flights took off. “This is our response to market changes and a greater presence in the capital.”

Copyright Photo: Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A321-211 WL D-ASTW (msn 970) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938700.