|Ceased operations||20 January 2012|
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Parent company||Aviation Investment Corp.|
|Key people||Ingrid Schultheis, Jan Bresler|
Cirrus Airlines Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH was a German regional airline with its head office in Hallbergmoos and its maintenance facilities at Saarbrücken Airport. 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.
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, its 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 its operations, also flying low-density point-to-point routes and adding Embraer-Jets to its 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. This left some airports temporarily without scheduled service, like Hof Airport and Mannheim City Airport.
Cirrus Airlines served the following destinations:
- Hamburg Airport
- Zürich Airport
- Mannheim City Airport
- Munich Airport
- Hof Airport
- Chișinău Airport
- Frankfurt Airport
- Kiel Airport
- Berlin-Tegel Airport
- Dresden Airport
- Olbia Airport
- Heringsdorf Airport
- Sylt Airport
- Erfurt Airport
- London City
- Rostock Airport
- Stuttgart Airport
- Vienna Airport
- Brno Airport
The airline operated:
- 1 Airbus A310 D-AHLC
- 2 Boeing 737-500/800 D-ACIN, D-ALIG
- 8 De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8
- 8 Embraer ERJ-145
- 19 Dornier 328-Turboprop and -Jet (1 donated to École Nationale D'Aérotechnique)
- 3 Embraer ERJ-170
- 1 Beechcraft Super King Air 200
Incidents and accidents
- June 28, 2006: A Cirrus Airlines Embraer 145 flying on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines overshoots the runways in Nuremberg. None of the 49 occupants on board is hurt.
- March 19, 2008: Flight 1569 from Berlin-Tempelhof overshoots runway 27 of the Mannheim City Airport and comes to rest on a well close to a highway. Nobody of the 27 on board is hurt, but the aircraft, a Dornier Do 328 (D-CTOB), is severely damaged.
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- "Imprint." ([ 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
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-01-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Landung im Lärmschutzwall: Bruchlandung verursacht Millionenschaden - SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
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