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Germania to add two new destinations

Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A321-211 WL D-ASTW (msn 970) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942491.

Germania is adding two new destinations. Next year, the independent German airline’s schedule will include two new destinations, and many existing routes will be expanded.

Larnaca in Cyprus and Djerba in Tunisia are being added to the network of popular holiday destinations next summer and further destinations – such as Croatia – are being planned.

Next summer will see flights to Larnaca introduced from Bremen, Dresden and Münster/Osnabrück airports, and Berlin-Tegel and Munich will be connected with Djerba.

In addition, the schedule of flights to Ibiza, Corsica, Lanzarote and Antalya will be expanded further. For example, an Airbus A321 will service the route between Bremen and Antalya, offering further seating capacity on the then-daily flights. Connections to popular and established destinations such as Turkey and Egypt and the Canary -, Balearic – and Greek Islands will continue to operate.

In order to support the expanded flight schedule, an additional aircraft will be stationed at Germania’s bases in Berlin-Tegel, Bremen and Münster/Osnabrück.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Germania): Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A321-211 WL D-ASTW (msn 970) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942491.

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Germania introduces new crew uniforms

Germania airline revealed its new uniforms in Berlin on Friday. Both cockpit and cabin staff presented the new dark blue and green look, which will be worn on board with immediate effect. The new work clothing design is part of the modernisation strategy that Germania is implementing to strengthen its position in the future, renew its processes, advance digitalisation and thereby increase efficiency. We spoke with

Markus Alwast, Director Inflight & Guest Experience, Germania
and
Ursula Muss, Fashion Designer & Managing Director, Q Corporate Fashion

about the fashion update, the feedback from employees and the increase in uniform demand.

For the passengers on board, the uniform is all about the outward appearance of an airline. For the flight staff, it is the daily work clothing. Germania has given the uniform a refresh and the staff can be seen in their new attire from this month onwards, as the outfit comes into use. What was the reason behind the new collection?

Markus Alwast: As a service-orientated carrier, Germania is always working on its internal and external appearance. Eight years after the creation of the last design, this also includes a new uniform that meets the requirements of our crews and the usual service standard of Germania. The perception of contemporary and appropriate clothing is changing – both with those looking at them as well as those wearing them. Germania has set out to modernize many areas and to become more visible as a brand. On the one hand, this is achieved by increasing our presence at airports and on the other, through the professional appearance of our employees in the eyes of our customers – with timelessly elegant uniforms.

You could have taken this opportunity to choose vibrant colours which generate more attention. Instead, you are opting for fashionable and smart restraint. Why is this?

Markus Alwast:  Germania is an airline with more than 30 years of history and flight experience. We have had a lot of time to get to know our international customer base and their requirements and we make sure that their well-being is looked after constantly. We were recently selected as the “Best Airline – Germany”, based on TripAdvisor customer feedback. This reinforces our belief that we don’t have to be flashy to be seen. We rely on a credible service commitment and friendly interaction with all of our guests. In our eyes, a discreet, respectable appearance with fresh accents underlines this, especially when you are transporting passengers between different cultures across international routes, like Germania is.

What has been changed in the clothing? What is new?

Ursula Muss: Our aim was: fashionable, easy-care and readily combinable. Whether skirt or trousers, blouse, top or blazer – each female member of staff can decide for herself. The wardrobe is also proving popular among male employees, thanks to the larger selection of garments, which can be combined confidently: on cold days, a quilted coat can be worn over the jacket; for that added comfort there is a cardigan. A shirt that can be combined with a tie does the trick on summer days. In total, we have had 26 different new articles of clothing made for the collection, including belts, hats and even socks. We have changed the basic colour of the uniform from anthracite to dark blue in all areas of the aircraft, thereby uniting the cockpit and cabin in visual appeal. The pilots are now also wearing more green, thanks to the new ties.

Uniforms are now not just part of the company’s public image and an identifying feature, but should also be especially practical and suitable for the wearer and their daily workload. What are the requirements of the employees, both male and female, in terms of work clothing, and how were you able to take them into account?

Ursula Muss: Germania has gathered feedback over many years and we used this as a guideline for creating easy-care clothing that is comfortable to wear. We focused on these attributes when selecting the materials. Breathable materials with high stretchability are therefore preferable for daily use. When tailoring the garments, great importance was attached to ensuring that the personnel on board did not feel restricted when moving around. Whether during service, stowing luggage or in exceptional cases such as a medical incident – the uniform must be practical. This includes a good fit under different temperature conditions. Apart from this, the opinions are of course as different as the people themselves. Nevertheless, we have managed to create a collection that has been well received by the flight staff.

How long does the process of creating a new clothing line take, and what does it mean for the company?

Markus Alwast: We needed 12 months from planning through to the finished articles. During this process, we were able to include all flight staff within the Germania Group and –with appropriate timing – take into consideration our growth in personnel resulting from the increase in our fleet size to up to 36 aircraft. Germania has issued uniforms to more than 1200 employees and has identified and implemented necessary changes during individual fitting rounds. It is important to us that our employees feel comfortable with their work on a daily basis and that they have modern working equipment available to them to make their roles easier and increase service levels. The uniform plays a big part in this and no effort was spared with the individual fittings.

Photos: Germania.

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.

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

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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.