|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 Flugreisen GmbH & Co, operating as Aero Lloyd, was a German charter airline based in Oberursel, Germany. It was headquartered in Building 182 at Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt before it was moved to Oberursel.
In 1986, the airline began to receive McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft to allow it to expand to further destinations. In 1988, Aero Lloyd launched 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 dropped 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 and 4,500 stuck overseas. Its assets were acquired by Aero Lloyd founder, Bogomir Gradisnik. Under the management of Gradisnik's associate, Miso Aksmanovic, the company was reshaped into a smaller charter operation named Aero Flight which was established in March 2004 and started operations on 26 March 2004. 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
- 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.
- On July 1, 2002 an Aero Lloyd Airbus A320 was late, this caused the controller, Peter Nielsen to constantly switch from the flight to Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and DHL Flight 611 to the flight. This may caused the Überlingen mid-air collision.
- "Konakt." Aero Lloyd. Retrieved on 21 June 2009.
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 16 May 1981. 1391. "Luftverkehrs KG, Gebäude 182, Flughafen, 6,000 Frankfurt, West Germany" - Direct PDF Link, Archive
- "World airline directory." Flight International. 26 July 1980. p. 262. Direct PDF link (Archive) "Flughafen Frankfurt Rheim-Main, West Germany"
- 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 hijack attempt
- Aero Lloyd at Aviation Safety Network
Media related to Aero Lloyd at Wikimedia Commons