Welcome Air

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Welcome Air
Welcome Air Logo.svg
IATA
2W
ICAO
WLC
Callsign
WELCOMEAIR
Founded May 2000
Hubs Innsbruck Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations -
Parent company Lions Air Group[1]
Headquarters Innsbruck, Austria
Key people Helmut Wurm (CEO)[2]
Website welcomeair.com

Welcome Air, officially Welcome Air Luftfahrt GmbH & Co KG,[2] is an Austrian charter airline[3] with its head office in Innsbruck.[4] It is also the parent of air rescue company Tyrol Air Ambulance.

History[edit]

On 14 June 1995[5] Jakob Ringler, since 1983 one of the directors of Tyrolean Air Ambulance (founded 1963 as Aircraft Innsbruck),[6] founded Welcome Air Luftfahrt GmbH.[7]

Through a management buy out in 2000 Tyrolen Air Ambulance (renamed then Tyrol Air Ambulance), which had closely links to the local airline Tyrolean Airways as well as to the helicopter company "Heliair" (formerly "Aircraft Innsbruck"), became part of Jakob Ringler's "Welcome Air" after he took over the majority[6] (in 2011 93,27% belonging to Welcome Air)[5] On 22 May 2000 Welcome Air started its first flight with Do-328 from Innsbruck to Graz[8]

In 2009 Welcome Air was taken over by Lions Air Group (Switzerland) which also taken over the majority of Air Alps. The umbrella company Welcome Aviation Group set up to merge the companies Tyrol Air Ambulance, Air Alps and Welcome Air and their head offices into one in Innsbruck.[1]

In Juli 2011 Welcome Aviation Group announced a restructure and therefore Welcome Air will concentrate its activities on business & event charters and will end the year-round Innsbruck - Graz service, but continue the summer operations to Innsbruck/Graz-Olbia and Innsbruck-Nice for a while. Air Alps, which meanwhile ceased operations, concentrated its activities on the Italian schedule operations back then and Tyrol Air Ambulance on its ambulance operations.[1] Meanwhile Welcome Air ceased all remaining scheduled operations and concentrates entirely on offering European charter services.[3]

Destinations[edit]

Welcome Air Dornier 328

Welcome Air offers non-scheduled charter services for business and leisure throughout Europe.

Former destinations[edit]

In earlier years, the airline also served the scheduled destinations listed below.[9][10][11]

 Austria
 Belgium
 Croatia
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Sweden

Fleet[edit]

The Welcome Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of October 2014:[12]

Welcome Air Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
(Economy)
Notes
Dornier 328-110 2 0 31 used for charter services
Dornier 328JET 1 0 32 used for charter services
Total 3 0

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Welcome Air at Wikimedia Commons