Hamburg International was founded in the summer of 1998 as a private and independent airline. An intensive preparation phase followed up to March 1999, so that the first Boeing 737 could be delivered in April 1999 and regular flight operations could be started as planned.
From 2003 to 2006, Hamburg International started regular flights from Zurich to Pristina in Kosovo as the “Designated Carrier of Kosovo” . One of the planes was given a joint color scheme by Hamburg International and Kosova Airlines , a brand of the tour operator Eurokoha Reisen .
With the delivery of the first A319 (D-AHIH), which was presented on its maiden flight from Finkenwerder Airport to Hamburg via Saarbrücken , Friedrichshafen and Munich Airports in January 2008 , Hamburg International also introduced a revised color scheme. The fourth Airbus delivered, D-AHIK, is given a special dark blue paint for the 10th company anniversary.
Hamburg International built a hangar at Friedrichshafen Airport in order to open its own technology base there in 2010 and to integrate aircraft maintenance into the company . Up until then, maintenance was carried out by Lufthansa Technik , the training and further education of the pilots by Lufthansa Flight Training .
20 October 2010 it was announced that over Hamburg International in Hamburg district court a bankruptcy procedure was opened on October 19th 2010, as well as the closure of the base was at the airport Niederrhein announced. On October 20, the Federal Aviation Office suspended the company's operating license and Air Operator Certificate , which meant that it was no longer allowed to operate flights until further notice. Planned connections would be covered by other companies.
On December 6, 2010, it was announced that some of the previous shareholders would transfer Hamburg International to the newly founded airline Hamburg Airways with the help of new investment partners . This finally received its operating license from the Federal Aviation Office on March 28, 2011 .
Hamburg International operated charter and special flights. The main target group were vacationers and guest workers who flew back home with their families. The classic flight routes from Germany and Central Europe to Mediterranean and Northern European holiday regions were mostly served. Most of the time, the flights without direct seat sales by Hamburg International were carried out exclusively on full charter for German and European tour operators. Other business areas of Hamburg international were " ethnic charter flights " as well as individual, military and ad hoc charter flights. The latter were carried out for example on behalf of air brokers, special tour operators, companies, sports clubs, other airlines (subcharter) or even private individuals.
Until the bankruptcy in October 2010, Hamburg International's fleet consisted of 9 aircraft:
- Hamburg International on Planespotters.net
- Hamburg International - Company Profile ( Memento from March 22, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) December 2009
- Hamburg International - Fleet ( Memento from March 10, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) December 2009
- Press release of the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt
- aero.de: Hamburg International is under bankruptcy protection on Oct. 20, 2010
- Airliners.de: Hamburg International on the ground
- report on zeit.de ; Retrieved April 10, 2011
- Hamburg International becomes Hamburg Airways. (PDF, 115 kB) (No longer available online.) In: Press release. White & Case Insolvenz GbR, December 6, 2010, archived from the original on March 4, 2016 ; accessed on October 10, 2019 .
- ch-aviation.ch - Hamburg International fleet ( memento of October 26, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (English) accessed on October 10, 2019