Cirrus Airlines

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Cirrus Airlines
Cirrus Airlines logo.svg
IATA
C9
ICAO
RUS
Callsign
CIRRUS AIR[1]
Founded February 1995
Ceased operations 20 January 2012
Hubs Dresden Airport
Frequent-flyer program Lufthansa Miles & More
Airport lounge Lufthansa Lounges
Fleet size 10
Destinations 11
Company slogan connecting business
Parent company Aviation Investment Corp.
Headquarters Saarbrücken Airport
Saarbrücken, Germany
Key people Ingrid Schultheis, Jan Bresler
Website Cirrus Airlines
Cirrus Airlines HQ, Saarbrücken

Cirrus Airlines Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH was a regional airline with its head office on the property of Saarbrücken Airport in Saarbrücken, Germany.[2] It operated both charter and scheduled flights, the latter on behalf of Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines. Its main base and hub was Saarbrücken Airport, Germany.[3]

History[edit]

Cirrus was founded in February 1995 as Cirrus Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH and operates an executive charter business. In March 1998, Cirrus Airlines received its licence to operate scheduled services between Saarbrücken Airport and Hamburg. In August 1999, Cirrus took over the route from Mannheim to Berlin Tempelhof from Cosmos Air.

An important step was taken in February 2000, upon the 5th anniversary of Cirrus Airlines, when it established a cooperative partnership with German-owned Lufthansa and became a Team Lufthansa franchise member. In April that year, Cirrus received licences to operate regularly scheduled service between Mannheim City Airport and Hamburg Airport and between Berlin and Sylt.

From 2001 onwards, Cirrus steadily expanded its business, with scheduled services opening between Saarbrücken and Berlin Tempelhof (March 2001), between Berlin Tempelhof and Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom (May 2002), between Rostock and Munich (May 2002), between Leipzig and Zürich (January 2003), between Leipzig and Hamburg (January 2003), between Dresden and Hamburg (March 2003), between Frankfurt and Skopje, Macedonia (April 2003), between Leipzig and Cologne (May 2003), between Frankfurt and Ohrid (June 2003), between Mannheim and Dresden (March 2004), between Dresden and Zürich (April 2004), between Mannheim and Olbia (May 2004) and between Munich and London City (May 2004), between Mannheim and Munich (September 2008).

Cirrus Airlines was a company within Aviation Investment Corp. along with Cirrus Maintenance and Cirrus Service. The group was operating 11 aircraft and had over 400 employees (at January 2011)[citation needed]. The company introduced a modified corporate identity in January 2008.

As of 20 January 2012, the airline ceased operations until further notice and flew all aircraft back to Saarbrücken [1] [2].

Destinations[edit]

Cirrus Airlines operated the following services (as of 24 December 2011):

  • International scheduled destinations: Berne, Salzburg, Vienna and Zürich.

Fleet[edit]

As of December 24, 2011, Cirrus Airlines fleet included:

Cirrus Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Order Passengers Notes
Embraer ERJ-170 1 0 76 for charter flights only
Dornier 328-100 9 0 30–32 Calculated with jet edition
Bombardier Global 1000 1 0 40
Total 11 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eurocontrol database https://extranet.eurocontrol.int/http://prisme-web.hq.corp.eurocontrol.int/indicators/aircraft_operators_browse.jsp
  2. ^ "Imprint." ([http://www.webcitation.org/64sVL9Cwz Archive) Cirrus Airlines. Retrieved on January 22, 2012. "Cirrus Airlines Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH Balthasar-Goldstein-Str. 31 Flughafen Saarbruecken 66131 Saarbruecken"
  3. ^ Cirrus Airline details on planespotters.net

External links[edit]

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