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
Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG, part of Lufthansa Regional, is an airline with its head office in the Dortmund Administrative Center Dortmund, Germany, with Düsseldorf designated as the seat of the company. 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.
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. 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. 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. Instead, Lufthansa announced in December 2008 to acquire Germanwings from Eurowings.
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.
As of December 2010, Eurowings operates scheduled flights to the following services destinations, which are all operated on behalf of Lufthansa:
- United Kingdom
Eurowings fleet Aircraft In Service Passengers Bombardier CRJ200 1 50 Bombardier CRJ900 23 86 Total 24
Over the years, Eurowings operated the following aircraft types:
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
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.
- ^ "Dortmund Administrative Center." Eurowings. Retrieved on 28 January 2011. "Dortmund Administrative Center Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG Flugplatz 21 44319 Dortmund Germany."
- ^ "Imprint." Eurowings. Retrieved on 28 January 2011.
- ^ a b Eurowings historic fleet list at airfleets.net
- ^ "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Lufthansa AG. Page 176. http://www.lufthansa-financials.de/servlet/PB/show/1020976/DLH_GB_2006e.pdf. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- ^ Announcement of TUI AG
- ^ Eurowings to sell Germanwings stake to Lufthansa
- ^ Eurowings fleet list at ch-aviation.ch
- ^ Eurowings fleet age at airfleets.net
- ^ 1998 Eurowings incident at the Aviation Safety Network
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