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Germania Flug of Switzerland becomes Chair Airlines

Germania Flug of Switzerland has announced it has become Chair Airlines (stylized as “chair”). The Germania brand has been tarnished since the demise of the original Germania of Germany.

The company describes its new brand:

Chair Airlines – Switzerland’s Freshest Airline

A company needs a strong foundation. A chair has stable legs‚ a load-bearing seat‚ and a strong backrest to support you – and as an airline‚ we offer you a place to sit back‚ dream‚ and fly away. With our roots in Switzerland and our feet firmly on the ground‚ we stay true to ourselves while still adapting to changes in market conditions. Our key characteristics are professionalism coupled with the freshness of a new airline: clear and simple‚ reliable and safe‚ dynamic and flexible‚ friendly and attentive‚ honest and approachable.

Fleet and Business Areas

Chair Airlines operates a fleet of three Airbus A319 aircraft with 150 economy class seats each at Zurich Airport. The average age of the aircraft is ten years.

As a charter airline‚ we offer our passengers flight connections for beach holidays in warm-water destinations and short city trips. We also build bridges‚ connecting passengers living in Switzerland with their homeland. Chair Airlines is a reliable partner for special flights and ad-hoc charter flights‚ for example for sports clubs‚ special events‚ and companies.

Trusting partnerships with tour operators and travel agencies form the basis of our business concept. Furthermore‚ our close collaboration with tourist information offices enables us to move with the times and recognize travelers’ needs.

On the Go Together

At Chair Airlines‚ people take center stage in everything we do – our passengers‚ our more than 150 employees‚ and our partners. Our experienced pilots and professional flight attendants on board and our highly qualified administration team on the ground ensure that our passengers can enjoy safe‚ smooth flights and make their flight experience as pleasant as possible. Chair Airlines stands for respect and fairness‚ and COOPERATION is a matter of huge importance to us.

All images by the airline.

Facts and Figures
Foundation June 2019
Board of Directors Shpend Ibrahimi (Chairman)‚ Urs A. Pelizzoni (Member)
Management Tobias Somandin (CEO)‚ Urs A. Pelizzoni (CCO)‚ Shpend Ibrahimi (CIO)‚ Anri Fontanive (CFO)
Fleet three 150-seater Airbus A319 aircraft
Number of employees
150

Chair Airlines is born on June 11, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: Chair Airlines Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 946682.

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Germania Flug is considering a name change

Germania (Switzerland) (Germania.ch) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946307.

Germania Flug AG, headquartered in Glattbrugg near Zurich, was founded in August 2014.

Germania Flug AG of Switzerland operates three A319s with 150 seats each.

In addition to the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean, Germania Flug AG flies to Beirut and other cities off the beaten track.

Germania Flug was not affected by the bankruptcy of its German shareholder, Germania, in February 2019. The Germania shares were sold to Albex Aviation, which also owns Air Prishtina.

Germania Flug continues to fly under the Germania brand.

To avoid any confusion or association with the grounded German airline, the Swiss airline is now considering a name change and has registered the name “CH Air”. No official announcement has yet been made.

Copyright Photo: Germania (Switzerland) (Germania.ch) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946307.

Germania Flug aircraft slide show:

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.

Holiday Jet takes delivery of its first aircraft

Holiday Jet-Germania A319-100 D-AHIL (HB-JOH) (15)(Grd) ZRH (Mark Van Wissen)(LRW)

Holiday Jet (Zurich) yesterday (February 25) took delivery of its first aircraft. The pictured 150-seat Airbus A319-111 D-AHIL (msn 3589) arrived at the Zurich base and will become HB-JOH. The aircraft will be operated by Germania.

The airline is planning to operate its first charter flight, from Zurich to Antalya and Hurghada, starting on March 26. Flights to Zypern will start on March 28 and operations to Djerba and Sharm el-Sheikh will commence on March 30 followed by Crete  and Rhodes on May 3. Santorini will come on board on May 22. Finally Korfu, Mykonos, Kos and Zakynthos will be added on June 2.

HolidayJet logo

As previously reported,  the airline is a new joint venture of Germania (Berlin) and tour operator Hotelplan. In August 2014 Germania established a Swiss affiliate airline based in Zurich. In September 2014, Germania and Hotelplan joined forces to start operations with two 150-seat Airbus A319s starting in March 2015. The new airline applied for its own Swiss Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in September 2014.

Copyright Photo: Mark Van Wissen.

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