Danube Wings

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Danube Wings
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2000, as Vip Wings, a.s.
Ceased operations2013
Operating basesM. R. Štefánik Airport
Company slogan"We fly your direction"
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia

Danube Wings, a trading name of VIP Wings, a.s., was a Slovakia-based airline[1] that ceased operations in 2013. Danube Wings had operated regional scheduled services on domestic and international routes using ATR 72 aircraft. Its home base was M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava. VIP Wings, a privately owned Slovak company,[2] was the holder of the licences and the AOC.


VIP Wings was established on 23 May 2000, and was created from VIP Air, the first private aviation company in Slovakia.

In August 2008 operations started with ATR 72 aircraft, offering regular transport to the general public. On November 13, 2008, the company was assigned the V5 IATA code. On July 15, 2009, Danube Wings became a member of the European Regional Airlines Association.

The company faced serious economical problems and on 20 November 2013 ceased all operations on scheduled flights. According to news reports it ceased operations in December 2013 and laid off all employees.[3]

Business trends[edit]

The key trends for Danube Wings were as shown below (although, because it was a private company, few figures were publicly available). Figures as at year ending 31 December:

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Turnover (€m)
Profits (€m)
Number of employees (at year end) 120
Number of passengers (k) 4.6 77.8 86.9 74.2 122.8
Passenger load factor (%) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Number of aircraft (at year end) 3 4 3 3 4
Notes/sources [4] [5] [6] [7][8]


Seasonal services to and from destinations in France were cancelled as of January 2013.[9] On October 19, 2013 Danube Wings announced the immediate cancellation of its last remaining schedule route.[10]


The Danube Wings fleet included the following aircraft (at January 2013) in an all-economy class:[11][12]

Danube Wings fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-202 4 - 66 One leased to Nextjet for

the Gällivare to Arlanda service

Total 4 -

Retired fleet[edit]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 2 January 2010, Danube Wings Flight 8230, a Boeing 737-400, was involved in an incident when Slovak Police hid 8 explosives in passengers' luggage to test the airport's security systems. In error, one of the explosives was not removed afterwards, and was later flown to Dublin, causing an international incident.


  1. ^ "Contacts." Danube Wings. Retrieved on 8 December 2010. "Address: DANUBE WINGS, a.s. Ivánska cesta 30/B 821 04 Bratislava Slovakia."
  2. ^ http://centreforaviation.com/profiles/airlines/danube-wings-v5
  3. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/24038-slovakias-danubewings-suspends-operations-indefinitely
  4. ^ "Danubewings inaugurates the Bologna-Crotone route". Bologna Airport. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Danube Wings Fleet List". planespotters.net. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Danube Wings set for summer flights to Croatia". The Daily.SK. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Danube Wings recorded two-thirds' increase in passengers in 2012". The Slovak Spectator. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Danube Wings Fleet List". planespotters.net. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/16046-danubewings-drops-french-regional-routes
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Danube Wings Fleet Archived 2009-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Danube Wings Fleet - CH-Aviation.ch Archived 2010-11-02 at the Wayback Machine

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