XL Airways Germany
|Focus cities||Hannover Airport|
|Parent company||Asset Liability Management Company hf (formerly known as Straumur Investment Bank)|
|Key people||Bertolt Flick (CEO)|
XL Airways Germany GmbH was a charter airline headquartered in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Hesse, Germany, operating charter and ad-hoc lease services, mostly out of Frankfurt Airport. The airline belonged to now bankrupt Straumur Investment Bank from Iceland (together with XL Airways France).
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The airline was founded as Star XL German Airlines by Avion Group from Iceland and received its AOC on 3 May 2006. On 30 October of the same year, the Avion leisure business was bought out and re-organized as XL Leisure Group, resulting in the airline changing its name to XL Airways Germany.
On 11 September 2008, BBC News Channel reported that XL Leisure Group had filed for administration due to rising fuel prices, although initially Simon Calder confirmed the group's website was still taking bookings, the group folded the next morning. Operations of the German and French airline subsidiaries were not affected, however. On 12 September 2008, Straumur Investment Bank acquired XL Airways Germany and its French sister company, XL Airways France.
The company filed for bankruptcy on 27 December 2012 after the operations for the winter season had already been suspended on 14 December.
XL Airways Germany served the following destinations as of December 2012:
- Hurghada - Hurghada International Airport Seasonal
- Sharm el-Sheikh - Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport Seasonal
- Cologne/Bonn - Cologne Bonn Airport
- Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf Airport
- Erfurt - Erfurt-Weimar Airport
- Frankfurt - Frankfurt Airport hub
- Frankfurt-Hahn - Frankfurt-Hahn Airport
- Hamburg - Hamburg Airport
- Hanover - Hannover-Langenhagen Airport
- Leipzig/Halle - Leipzig/Halle Airport
- Munich - Munich Airport
- Münster/Osnabrück - Münster Osnabrück International Airport
- Nuremberg - Nuremberg Airport
- Paderborn - Paderborn Lippstadt Airport
- Saarbrücken - Saarbrücken Airport
- Stuttgart - Stuttgart Airport
- Adana - Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
- Antalya - Antalya Airport Seasonal
- Elazığ - Elazığ Airport Seasonal
- Gaziantep - Oğuzeli Airport Seasonal
- Kayseri - Erkilet International Airport
- Malatya - Malatya Erhaç Airport
- Samsun - Samsun-Çarşamba Airport
- Trabzon - Trabzon Airport
As of December 2012, the average age of the fleet is 9.8 years and the fleet consists of:
Incidents and accidents
On 27 November 2008, a leased Airbus A320, which was to be returned to its owner Air New Zealand by XL Airways Germany, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea East of Perpignan during a pre-delivery test flight, resulting in the death of all seven people on board.
- "Kontakt." XL Airways Germany. Retrieved on 11 September 2011. "Anschrift: XL Airways Germany GmbH Hessenring 13 64546 Moerfelden-Walldorf "[dead link]
- http://www.sunexpress.com/xq-tr/en/booking/route-network.jsp[dead link]
- XL Airways fleet list at planespotters.net
- "At least two dead after Air NZ owned plane crashes in France". The New Zealand Herald. 28 November 2008.[dead link]
- "Air NZ plane crashes in Mediterranean". Newstalk ZB. 28 November 2008.[dead link]
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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