|Founded||20 December 1980|
|Commenced operations||March 1981|
|Ceased operations||16 October 2003|
|Fleet size||57 (during operations)|
|Company slogan||Fly my Way|
|Parent company||BayernLB (66%)|
Aero Lloyd was originally founded on 20 December 1980 and launched operations in March 1981 with 3 Sud Aviation Caravelle's. By 1982, the airline received 3 ex-Garuda Indonesia Douglas DC-9-32 aircraft.
In 1986, the airline began to receive McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft to allow the airline to expand to further destinations. In 1988, Aero Lloyd decided to launch scheduled services to London in the United Kingdom, Paris in France, and Zurich in Switzerland with the newly acquired aircraft. However by 1992, Aero Lloyd decided to drop scheduled operations after realising it was not a good move for the airline.
The airline ceased operations at 06:00 local time on 16 October 2003 after shareholders refused to continue funding the airline. The collapse left 4,000 passengers stuck at German airports with a further 4,500 stuck overseas. Its assets were subsequently acquired by Aero Lloyd founder, Bogomir Gradisnik and under the management of Gradisnik's associate, Miso Aksmanovic, the company has been reshaped into a smaller charter operation named Aero Flight which was established in March 2004 and started operations on 26 March 2004. In 2005, Aero Flight ceased operations in October 2005.
|Airbus A320-200||15||174||2 leased from Adria Airways
1 leased from Dia Amber
4 leased from ILFC
1 leased from Leisure Air
2 leased from SALE
1 leased from Translift Airways
|Airbus A321-200||11||210||5 leased from ILFC|
|Boeing 737-400||1||170||Leased from Futura International Airways|
|Boeing 737-800||1||189||Leased from Futura International Airways|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||2|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||16||167||1 leased from Aero Leasing International
1 leased from Chricor Equipment Finance
|McDonnell Douglas MD-87||4|
|Sud SE-210 Caravelle 10B1R||3|
Incidents and accidents
Aero Lloyd had a very good safety record with only one recorded incident.
- On 1 September 2001, an Aero Lloyd Airbus A321, operating a charter flight from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Italy to Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany, had an attempted hijacking shortly after take off. The plane was diverted to Naples Airport in Italy where it made an emergency landing and the hijacker was arrested. There is a mix of reports ranging from the man using wax candles as dynamite and that of a panic attack. No body was injured in the incident.
- "Konakt." Aero Lloyd. Retrieved on 21 June 2009.
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 16 May 1981. 1391.
- Aero Lloyd Remembered
- TUI Says Aero Lloyd Stops Service Amid Insolvency
- Bank pulls plug on German airline
- Aero Lloyd Fleet History
- Aero Lloyd Sud SE-210 pictures at Airliners.net
- Aero Lloyd at Aviation Safety Network
- Aero Lloyd hijack attempt
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