|Ceased operations||20 January 2012|
|Frequent-flyer program||Lufthansa Miles & More|
|Airport lounge||Lufthansa Lounges|
|Company slogan||connecting business|
|Parent company||Aviation Investment Corp.|
|Key people||Ingrid Schultheis, Jan Bresler|
Cirrus Airlines Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH was a regional airline with its head office on the property of Saarbrücken Airport in Saarbrücken, Germany. It operated both charter and scheduled flights, the latter on behalf of Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines. Its main base and hub was Saarbrücken Airport, Germany.
Cirrus 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 services between Saarbrücken Airport and Hamburg. In August 1999, Cirrus took over the route from Mannheim to Berlin Tempelhof from Cosmos Air.
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.
From 2001 onwards, Cirrus steadily expanded its business, with scheduled services opening between Saarbrücken and Berlin Tempelhof (March 2001), between Berlin Tempelhof and Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom (May 2002), between Rostock and Munich (May 2002), between Leipzig and Zürich (January 2003), between Leipzig and Hamburg (January 2003), between Dresden and Hamburg (March 2003), between Frankfurt and Skopje, Macedonia (April 2003), between Leipzig and Cologne (May 2003), between Frankfurt and Ohrid (June 2003), between Mannheim and Dresden (March 2004), between Dresden and Zürich (April 2004), between Mannheim and Olbia (May 2004) and between Munich and London City (May 2004), between Mannheim and Munich (September 2008). The company introduced a modified corporate identity in January 2008.
As of 20 January 2012, the airline ceased operations until further notice and flew all aircraft back to Saarbrücken. Cirrus Airlines was a company within Aviation Investment Corp. along with Cirrus Maintenance and Cirrus Service.
Cirrus Airlines operated the following services (as of 24 December 2011[update]):
- Domestic scheduled destinations: Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Münster, Hof, Stuttgart.
- International scheduled destinations: Berne, Salzburg, Vienna and Zürich.
As of December 24, 2011, Cirrus Airlines fleet included:
|Embraer ERJ-170||1||0||76||for charter flights only|
|Dornier 328-100||9||0||30–32||Calculated with jet edition|
|Bombardier Global 1000||1||0||40|
- Eurocontrol database https://extranet.eurocontrol.int/http://prisme-web.hq.corp.eurocontrol.int/indicators/aircraft_operators_browse.jsp
- "Imprint." ([http://www.webcitation.org/64sVL9Cwz Archive) Cirrus Airlines. Retrieved on January 22, 2012. "Cirrus Airlines Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH Balthasar-Goldstein-Str. 31 Flughafen Saarbruecken 66131 Saarbruecken"
- Cirrus Airline details on planespotters.net
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