Augsburg Airways

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Augsburg Airways
Augsburg Airways-logo.png
IATA
IQ
LH
ICAO
AUB
DLH
Callsign
AUGSBURG-AIR
LUFTHANSA
Founded 1980
Ceased operations 2013
Hubs Augsburg Airport (1986-2002)
Munich Airport (1996-2013)
Alliance Team Lufthansa (1996-2004)
Lufthansa Regional (2004-2013)
Headquarters Augsburg (1980-2008)
Hallbergmoos (2008-2013)
Website www.augsburgair.com (defunct)

Augsburg Airways was a regional airline from Germany. A member of Team Lufthansa and its successor Lufthansa Regional, it operated feeder services at Munich Airport on behalf of Lufthansa.

History[edit]

A Beechcraft 1900 of Interot Airways at Düsseldorf Airport in 1990.
A Dash 8-300 of Augsburg Airways approaches Stuttgart Airport in 2005, still in Team Lufthansa colors.
Company logo of Augsburg Airways that was used prior to the acquisition by Cirrus Group.
A Dash 8-Q400 of Augsburg Airways in the colors of Lufthansa Regional lands at Prague Ruzyně International Airport in 2009.
An Augsburg Airways Embraer 190 on final approach at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2010.

The company was founded in 1980 as Interot Airways, offering corporate flight services out of Augsburg Airport on behalf of its then owner Haindl Papier, a large (West) German paper manufacturer.[1]

In 1986, Interot Airways commenced scheduled passenger flights on the Augsburg–Düsseldorf route, using its then two Beechcraft Super King Air.[2][3] In 1987, three Beechcraft 1900 were ordered,[4] and the fleet was further expanded following an order for three aircraft of the larger Dash 8-100, which were delivered in 1991–92.[5] By then, the domestic route network at Augsburg Airport had grown to include Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg and Leipzig[3] so that Interot Airways was considered an alternative for business travellers who wished to avoid busy Munich Airport.[6]

In 1994, Interot launched its first international route (to Florence),[6] which was followed by flights to Birmingham and London City Airport in 1995.[7][8] In 1996, the airline went into a cooperation with Lufthansa, becoming the first franchise partner of the Team Lufthansa brand,[9] which coincided with being renamed Augsburg Airways.[2] On 27 October of that year, flights from Munich to Dortmund, Erfurt (both of which had previously not been served by Lufthansa) and Leipzig were commenced.[9] In December, Augsburg Airways sold its last remaining Beechcraft 1900, thus becoming an exclusive operator of the Dash 8.[10]

By 2000, Air Littoral, Cimber Air, Contact Air and Rheintalflug had joined Team Lufthansa,[11] and Augsburg Airways operated a network of 30 domestic and European destinations including Bayreuth, Elba, Frankfurt, London, Newcastle, Paderborn, Prague and Strasbourg.[12] On 1 June 2002, Augsburg Airways terminated its last routes from Augsburg Airport,[13] and handed over control of its scheduling, sales, and marketing operations to Lufthansa, which was considered "necessary for the carrier's survival."[14] In 2004, Lufthansa reorganized its regional franchise partners under the Lufthansa Regional brand, of which Augsburg Airways became a member along with Air Dolomiti, Contact Air, Eurowings and Lufthansa CityLine.[15]

In the same year, Augsburg Airways was acquired by Cirrus Group (the owner of Cirrus Airlines), which was restructured as Aton GmbH in 2008,[2] and the airline subsequently relocated its headquarters to Hallbergmoos. In 2009, the Embraer E-Jet joined the fleet, the only jet airliner type operated by Augsburg Airways.[16] (In 2000, the acquisition of the Bombardier CRJ200, Embraer ERJ 135 or Fairchild Dornier 328JET had been evaluated, but no order was placed).[1]

On 26 October 2012, Lufthansa announced that it would terminate its contract with Augsburg Airways (which by then served 35 destinations from Munich Airport with its fleet of 15 aircraft) at the end of the 2013 summer season.[17] In a similar manner, the cooperation with Contact Air had ended one year earlier. The last flight by Augsburg Airways under the Lufthansa Regional brand took place on 26 October 2013, and the company with its then 450 employees was subsequently shut down on 31 October.[18] Consequently, its Embraer fleet was transferred to Lufthansa CityLine, while the Bombardier Q400 fleet was returned to lessors and stored at Maastricht Airport.[19]

Destinations[edit]

Until closing down, Augsburg Airways operated 36 destinations for Lufthansa Regional, among them Graz, Zagreb, Gothenburg, Dresden, Warsaw and Prague. Some of Augsburg Airways' aircraft where also available for charter flights, when they were not employed on the network.

Fleet development[edit]

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:

Aircraft Subtypes Introduced Retired
Beechcraft Super King Air[3]
Beechcraft 1900[4][10] 1987 1996
Bombardier Dash 8[5][16] Dash 8-100 1991 2002
Dash 8-200 1997 2003
Dash 8-300 1993 2010
Dash 8-400 2000[1] 2013
Embraer E-Jet[16] Embraer 190 2009 2013
Embraer 195 2009 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Doyle, Andrew (8 August 2000). "Augsburg closes on jet decision". Flight International: 8. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Information about Augsburg Airways". rzjets.net. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "World Airline Directory: Interot Airways". Flight International: 89. 25 March 1992. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Beech pushes 1900 sales". Flight International: 54. 13 June 1987. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Interot fleet details". airfleets.net. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "World Airline Directory: Interot Airways". Flight International: 78. 25 March 1995. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Time table images: Augsburg Airways". timetableimages.com. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Interot flies to London City". Flight International: 8. 15 November 1995. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Jeziorski, Andrzej (9 October 1996). "Eurowings protests over teaming of Augsburg Airways and Lufthansa". Flight International: 9. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Augsburg considers expansion with Dash 8-400". Flight International: 10. 15 January 1997. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Endres, Günter (18 January 2000). "Regional relations". Flight International: 40–43. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "World Airline Directory: Augsburg Airways". Flight International: 113. 4 April 2000. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Directory: world airlines". Flight International: 92. 16 March 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Augsburg prepares for Lufthansa takeover". Flight International: 5. 2 July 2002. 
  15. ^ Kingsley-Jones, Max (30 March 2004). - 0250.html "Low-cost competition forces Lufthansa review". Flight International: 8. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "Augsburg Airways fleet details". airfleets.net. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Eiselin, Stefan (27 October 2012). "Lufthansa schockt Augsburg" (in German). aeroTelegraph. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Baumbach, Anna. "Goodbye, Augsburg Airways!" (in German). aeroTelegraph. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Augsburg Airways - Historic fleet on planespotters.net". 

Coordinates: 48°19′53″N 11°44′13″E / 48.331487°N 11.736998°E / 48.331487; 11.736998