Cirrus Airlines

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

Cirrus Airlines Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH was a regional airline with its head office in Hallbergmoos, Germany and its maintenance-facilities at Saarbrücken Airport.[2] It operated both charter and scheduled flights, the latter on behalf of Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines and Air Moldova. Its main bases and hubs were Saarbrücken Airport and Mannheim City Airport.[3]

History[edit]

Dornier 328 at Mannheim City Airport
Cirrus Airlines HQ, Saarbrücken

Cirrus Airlines was founded in February 1995 as Cirrus Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH and operated an executive charter business. In March 1998, Cirrus Airlines received its licence to operate scheduled passenger services between Saarbrücken Airport and Hamburg. In August 1999, Cirrus Airlines took over Cosmos Air, it´s Dornier 328 and route between Mannheim and Berlin Tempelhof.

In February 2000, upon the 5th anniversary of Cirrus Airlines, 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.

Cirrus steadily expanded its business, with scheduled services operating mainly from Saarbrücken Airport and Mannheim City Airport to domestic destinations. The following years the airline started do decentralize it´s operations, also flying low-density point-to-point routes and adding Embraer-Jets to it´s Turboprop-Fleet.

In 2004 Cirrus Airlines took over Augsburg Airways, a Lufthansa Regional member. The headquarters were consequently moved to Hallbergmoos, near Munich Airport. Cirrus Technik and Cirrus Flight Training remained at Saarbrücken Airport.

The company introduced a modified corporate identity in January 2008. Cirrus Airlines was a company within Aviation Investment Corp. along with Cirrus Maintenance and Cirrus Service.

On 20 January 2012, the airline ceased operations and flew all aircraft back to Saarbrücken.[4][5] This left some airports temporarily without scheduled service, like Hof Airport and Mannheim City Airport.

Destinations[edit]

Cirrus Airlines served the following destinations:

Fleet[edit]

The airline operated:

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External links[edit]

Media related to Cirrus Airlines at Wikimedia Commons