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German wings
German Wings logo
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 of the German Wings
IATA code : PW
ICAO code : KFK
Call sign : GERMAN WINGS
Founding: 1989
Operation stopped: 1990
Seat: Haar , GermanyGermanyGermany 
Company form: GmbH
Fleet size: 6th
Aims: National and continental
German Wings ceased operations in 1990. The information in italics refer to the last status before the end of operation.

German Wings was a German airline based in Haar in the Munich district . It was one of the first privately organized airlines to successfully apply for line rights in Germany, but had to give up after just one year.



The shareholders of German Wings were the brothers Peter and Christian Kimmel with 40%, the brothers Frieder Burda and Franz Burda with 45% and Bayerische Unternehmensbeteiligungs-AG with 15% of the shares, the share capital was 21.25 million marks .


The operational start of operations took place on April 10, 1989 with a fleet of four, later six leased McDonnell Douglas MD-83 . The airports in Munich, Hamburg, Cologne / Bonn, Düsseldorf and Paris were approached.

Around the same time, the charter airline Aero Lloyd , equipped with liner rights, tried its hand at the domestic German market.

Business concept

Instead of a potentially ruinous price war, the concept envisaged offering more service than the previous monopoly Lufthansa under the motto “A little more class”. In the one-size-fits-all class , which was advertised as a single business class with just 114 seats - without the unpopular middle seat - a meal was always served on routes within Germany. The cheapest German Wings flight was available as a fly-and-save tariff on the Hamburg – Munich route at the end of 1989 for DM 296 there and back. A fully flexible return flight, on the other hand, cost 714 DM.


The state-owned Lufthansa tried to take advantage of its position to prevent unwanted competition. Lufthansa and German Wings argued in court about the issue of tickets for the other company as part of interlining , so that ticket sales were slow at first.

In addition, as a new airline , German Wings only received unattractive departure times ( slots ) at the airports, so that the occupancy of the aircraft was mostly low and even at the end of flight operations was still below the 60 percent required to cover costs.

Attempts to win a foreign airline as a partner also failed several times. German Wings had to cease operations after just one year in April 1990 due to financial difficulties.

2008 LH buys the brand

The airline Germanwings , which was founded by Eurowings in 2002, has no connection to German Wings, but in 2008 the parent company Lufthansa acquired the rights to the word and image brand German Wings . The aircraft registration numbers D-AGWA to -F used by German Wings were later used by Germanwings for their fleet.

The German Wings Luftfahrtunternehmen GmbH was initially renamed GW Luftfahrtunternehmen Abwicklungs-GmbH and was deleted by the Munich District Court in October 2010 due to lack of assets .


The German Wings route network consisted of connections between Düsseldorf , Hamburg , Cologne / Bonn , Frankfurt , Munich and Paris-Charles de Gaulle .


When operations ceased, the German Wings fleet consisted of six McDonnell Douglas MD-83s .

See also

Web links

Commons : German Wings  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Aviation: Newbies without a chance . In: Der Spiegel . No. 19 , 1990 ( online ).
  2. Peter Pletschacher: Struggle with comfort . In: Die Zeit , No. 10/1989
  3. ^ A b Karl-Heinz Büschemann: German Wings: Rivale on board . In: Die Zeit , No. 12/1990
  4. German Wings: Good nerves . In: Die Zeit , No. 18/1990
  5. Payable immediately . In: Der Spiegel . No. 24 , 1989 ( online ).
  6. ^ Heinz Blüthmann: Air traffic: German Wings on the ground . In: Die Zeit , No. 19/1990
  7. Heinz Michaels: The flight into the next millennium . In: Die Zeit , No. 24/1990
  8. ^ Word and figurative mark "German Wings" , RN 1141894, registered December 16, 1988, was changed to the new owner Deutsche Lufthansa AG, 50679 Cologne, on March 25, 2008.
  9. Publication of file number: HRB 76419 . District Court of Munich . October 13, 2010. Retrieved on November 8, 2017.  ( 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.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /