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Blue wings
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Blue Wings Airbus A320-200
IATA code : QW
ICAO code : BWG
Call sign : BLUE WINGS
Founding: 2002
Operation stopped: 2010
Seat: Bocholt , Germany
Home airport : Dusseldorf Airport
Company form: Corporation
Management: Hans-Joachim Loell
Number of employees: 250 (2009)
Sales: 60 million euros (2009)
Passenger volume: 270,000 (2009)
Fleet size: 10 (+ 20 orders)
Aims: International
Blue Wings ceased operations in 2010. The information in italics refer to the last status before the end of operation.

The Blue Wings AG was a German airline based in Bocholt and based on the Dusseldorf airport .


Blue Wings was founded in February 2002 by Jörn Hellwig, Franz-Hermann Enk, MLB Beteiligungen GmbH and Peter Meis and began flight operations in July of the following year with a single Airbus A320-200 . Various destinations in Turkey were headed from Düsseldorf. Initially, however, Blue Wings envisaged a different concept, namely to operate charter and special flights. With a stopover in Russia , Western Europe should be connected to Japan . The operational hub of Blue Wings AG was Düsseldorf Airport , whereby the airline also regularly served from other German airports such as Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden , Münster / Osnabrück, Stuttgart, Cologne / Bonn, Munich, Dortmund, Nuremberg, Berlin, Bremen, Hanover, Leipzig / Halle, Hamburg and Frankfurt started.

Since the airline was founded, there has been close cooperation with the Turkish tour operator Öger Tours . A short time later, the Iranian capital Tehran was also headed for on behalf of the Iranian airline Mahan Air . The second Blue Wings Airbus type Airbus A321-100 was mostly used for this route . With the acquisition of the second aircraft, the number of employees increased to around 50. The commissioning of two more Airbus A320s followed only a short time later, with one machine being used for their own purposes. The second blue and white plane was leased to Mahan Air just a few weeks after the takeover .

Since March 2005 the airline has also owned three Airbus A330-200s , which should serve the routes to Dubai , Colombo and the Indian south coast and be in use for Mahan Air and Iran Air , but were never used after the takeover of Lufthansa . Only one aircraft was used for the 2005 winter flight schedule, two Airbuses were still leased to Mahan Air.

From March 31 to May 4, 2009, Blue Wings did not have an operating license from the Federal Aviation Office and had to cease flight operations during this time because the airline could not prove sufficient liquidity.

On January 13, 2010, Blue Wings ceased flight operations after the Federal Aviation Office revoked the operating license due to “lack of evidence of economic performance”. On February 10, 2010, bankruptcy petition was filed. The airline cited economic problems and the tense overall economic situation in aviation as the reason. Around 250 employees were affected by the closure. At the beginning of March 2010, Hans-Joachim Loell replaced the previous CEO, Jörn Hellwig.


The ownership structure of the Blue Wings was as follows:

  • 48 percent - Alpstream AG, Zurich , a subsidiary of the National Reserve Corporation of the Russian entrepreneur Alexander Lebedew
  • 26 percent - NIL (Nondwell Investment Limited), Cyprus
  • 26 percent - Jörn Hellwig (co-founder and CEO)

In addition to Öger Tours and Air Berlin , other partners of Blue Wings AG included Lufthansa Technik ( maintenance ) and LSG Sky Chefs ( catering ). In addition, Blue Wings AG was a member of the German Business Aviation Association , an interest group for works air traffic and non-scheduled commercial air traffic. Blue Wings was also the shirt sponsor of MFK Dynamo Moscow .


Until the end of flight operations in January 2010, the Blue Wings fleet consisted of seven aircraft with an average age of 8.4 years:

  • 20 Airbus A320-200

See also

Web links

Commons : Blue Wings  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d - Blue Wings changes its CEO from March 12, 2010 in bankruptcy
  2. Blue Wings receives operating license back May 4, 2009
  3. - Luftfahrt-Bundesamt revokes the flight license from Blue Wings  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. January 14, 2010@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  4. Handelsblatt - Blue Wings is fighting for a future from April 28, 2009
  5. - Fleet age of the Blue Wings (English) November 2009
  6. Blue Wings - Fleet Information ( Memento from January 9, 2010 in the Internet Archive )