German Wings

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German Wings
German Wings.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1983
Ceased operations 1990
Operating bases Munich Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations domestic and international
Company slogan Die Business-Line (The Business Line)
Headquarters Haar, Germany

German Wings was a scheduled German airline which operated for a few years in the late 1980s.


The history of German Wings can be traced to 1983 and began as a small air taxi firm called Airflight. In 1986 the name was changed to German Wings and in April 1989 it commenced scheduled flights using MD-83 aircraft. This airline offered fewer seats per plane (114 instead of the normal 172). The main operating hub was in Munich and from there it flew to Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Paris.

German Wings was the first (and unsuccessful) attempt at attacking Lufthansa domestic stronghold. The airline had all Business class service. Although the public supported German Wings from the beginning, the new airline was not granted enough slots at airports to operate profitably and by 1990 it was in serious financial problems. In April 1990 the airline went bankrupt.[1]


German Wings McDonnell Douglas MD-83 approaching Düsseldorf Airport


  1. ^ Hengi,[page needed]
  • Hengi, B. I. (2000). Airlines Remembered. Hersham, England, UK: Midland Publishing. ISBN 978-1857800913. 

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