Azur Air (Germany)

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Azur Air (Germany)
Azur Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
UR ARZ BLUE EAGLE
Founded2016
Commenced operations4 July 2017
Ceased operations26 September 2018[1]
Focus citiesDüsseldorf Airport
Fleet size10
Destinations8
Parent companyAnex Tourism Group
HeadquartersDüsseldorf, Germany
Key peopleAlper Altun, General Director
Websiteazurair.de

Azurair GmbH,[2] trading as Azur Air or Azur Air Germany, was[1] a German leisure airline headquartered in Düsseldorf. It was founded in 2016 by Turkish-Dutch tour operator Anex Tourism Group as part of an expansion into the German leisure market and ceased operations in September 2018.[1]

History[edit]

Early developments[edit]

In mid 2016, Anex Tourism Group, yet engaged especially in Russian leisure market and operating airlines both in Russia (Azur Air Russia) und Ukraine (Azur Air Ukraine), founded a German subsidiary in Düsseldorf and started distribution for 2017 travel season in late 2016. The AOC for its German carrier was requested simultaneously. First flights are scheduled to start in April 2017.[3] Beside its home base at Düsseldorf Airport, where the fleet will also be maintained, Azur Air will operate from Berlin-Schönefeld and Munich. At the beginning, Azur Air will fly to Mediterranean destinations and the Caribbean for Anex Tour only.

At first, Azur Air was to receive three Boeing 767-300ER from sister company Azur Air from Russia. The fleet was planned to be enhanced by Boeing 737 and 757s later on while destination network would be expanded.[4] Operations were firstly planned to start in spring 2017,[5] but have been shifted towards summer 2017. Azur Air then received its AOC and commenced operations a few days later on 4 July.

During summer 2017, Azur Air announced it would increase its long-haul operations by offering more flights to Punta Cana from its existing departure airports Berlin-Schönefeld and Düsseldorf as well as starting the destination from several more German cities such as Hannover.[6]

Demise[edit]

In March 2018, Azur Air announced it would replace two of its three Boeing 767-300ER, which were handed to sister company Azur Air Ukraine, by two smaller Boeing 737-900s.[7]

In July 2018, Azur Air Germany announced major changes to its operations due to insufficient business figures. While the last remaining Boeing 767, which was then already leased out to Azur Air Ukraine, was to be transferred to Azur Air in Russia by October 2018, Azur Air Germany was to continue its operations with only one remaining aircraft without any long-haul services. In the same time, the entire station in Berlin was to be shut down, laying off 90 staff.[8][9]

In September 2018, Azur Air Germany sparked controversy amongst its employees after the relocation of its sole remaining aircraft to other operations while the flights from Germany have been taken over by leasing contractors on short notice.[10] On 26 September 2018, it has been announced that the airline ceased all operations with immediate effect and will be dissolved due to a negative business outlook.[1] Prior to this, the owners tried to sell the airline's operational license without success.[11]

Destinations[edit]

Former Azur Air Germany Boeing 767-300ER now operated for its sister company Azur Air Ukraine

As of August 2018, Azur Air (Germany) served the following destinations:[12]

City Country Airport Notes
Antalya Turkey Antalya Airport Seasonal charter Amsterdam Netherlands Schiphol Template:For Transavia For Transavia
Bangkok Thailand Bangkok Don mueang ’’Seasonal charter’m[13] Berlin Germany Berlin Schönefeld Airport Seasonal charter[8]
Düsseldorf Germany Düsseldorf Airport Base
Enfidha Tunisia Enfidha–Hammamet International Airport Seasonal charter
Hannover Germany Hannover Airport Seasonal charter
Hurghada Egypt Hurghada International Airport Charter
Munich Germany Munich Airport Seasonal charter
Palma de Mallorca Spain Palma de Mallorca Airport Seasonal charter

Fleet[edit]

The Azur Air (Germany) fleet consisted of the following aircraft as of September 2018:[14]

Azur Air (Germany) Fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-900ER 2 215
Boeing 767-300ER 8 334 leased to Azur Air Ukraine; was to be transferred to Azur Air by October 2018.[8]
Total 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Azur Air (Germany) at Wikimedia Commons