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PrivatAir logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1977[2]
Operating bases
Alliance AirClub
Fleet size 2
Destinations 2 (scheduled)
Headquarters Baar, Switzerland
Key people Thomas Limberger, Chairman

Privatair SA, is a Swiss airline headquartered in Meyrin, which operates business jets as well as scheduled services on behalf of major airlines. In addition the company operates crew and pilot training facilities. PrivatAir SA is a registered air carrier with two licenses (Air Operator Certificate) in Switzerland and through its subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH in Germany.


Head office of PrivatAir in Meyrin

PrivatAir was founded in 1977 as a corporate flying division of the Latsis family under the name Petrolair. In 1979, air traffic began on a Boeing 737-200 and offered business travel flights. In 1989, a Boeing 757 and a Gulfstream IV were added and the name was changed to PrivatAir. On June 1, 1995, the company was then licensed by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation as a commercial airline.[citation needed]

In March 2001 the PrivatAir Group was formed. Also in March 2001, the PrivatAir Group gained ETOPS 180 minutes and FAA 129 Foreign Carrier approval as a designated carrier under the US-Switzerland bilateral "open skies" agreement. These approvals allow the company to offer the most direct routes across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and unlimited operations to the US. At the time, PrivatAir was the only ad hoc commercial charter operator in the world with these approvals.[citation needed]

In February 2002, PrivatAir completed the construction of its private terminal in Geneva where its headquarters are now based. The new "C3" terminal is a joint venture between PrivatAir and Geneva International Airport and offers VIP passenger services to PrivatAir's customers. The corporate jet alliance AirClub was founded in Geneva in October 2012. AirClub currently has eight members aside PrivatAir: ACM Air Charter, Air Alsie, AIR HAMBURG, Corporatejets, FLYINGGROUP, GlobeAir, London Executive Aviation and Masterjet.[citation needed]

In May 2003, PrivatAir and Swissport created the joint company PrivatPort, which is an executive-jet handling business.[2] In October 2003, German subsidiary PrivatAir Germany GmbH, Düsseldorf, gained JAR – 145 approval from the German civil aviation authority, giving the company more autonomy and flexibility within the framework of its operations on behalf of Lufthansa and Airbus.[citation needed]

In November 2016, the majority of the company (51%) was taken over by the British investment company SilverArrow Capital.[3]

Company overview[edit]

PrivatAir is made up of three divisions: Scheduled Services,[4] Business Aviation[5] which includes aircraft management, charter, sales and PrivatTraining:[6]

  • PrivatAir specialises in scheduled and charter flights using mid-sized, long-range jets. Its main base is Geneva Airport and its contracted operational bases depend of the current scheduled operations contracts, e. g. Frankfurt Airport operating for Lufthansa.
  • PrivatAir's Business Aviation department provides service covering Aircraft Management, Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions, Aircraft Charter, AirClub (corporate jet alliance), PrivatJetFuel (Fuel Management) and Ground Services (PrivatPort).
  • PrivatTraining is an in-house training department focusing on safety, security and service in the industry. They also provide training programmes for private-jet operators, to help them fulfil regulatory obligations.


A former PrivatAir Boeing 757-200

Aside from private and corporate charter services, PrivatAir also operates its aircraft on behalf of different international airlines on a long-term basis for scheduled flights.

From June 2002 to June 2008, Privatair operated on behalf of Lufthansa a non-stop transatlantic service from Düsseldorf to Newark near New York City. To record this was the first transatlantic flight, which took off exclusively with Business Class. For this purpose the German subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH with legal seat in Duesseldorf, Germany was created, which operated not only the four Airbus in own responsibility, but was responsible for all maintenance of the group airplanes. In addition the company added three Boeing business jets.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2008, PrivatAir carried out charter traffic for Airbus between the plants in Hamburg-Finkenwerder and Toulouse. This was subsequently taken over by OLT Express Germany. PrivatAir also operated a variety of other regular scheduled flights on behalf major airlines such as Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Pune and Nairobi and Saudia between Jeddah and Riyadh.[citation needed]

In April 2015, Lufthansa announced it would reduce their involvement with PrivatAir with the route from Frankfurt to Dammam to be shut down by the end of October 2015.[7] PrivatAir also operated flights to Libreville,[8] Pointe-Noire,[8] Accra,[9] Bahrain[10] and Tel Aviv[11] on behalf of Lufthansa; these routes were all terminated a few years earlier. A route operated for Lufthansa to Nairobi ended on 31 August 2016.[12] PrivatAir also operated aircraft on behalf of ECAir based at Maya-Maya Airport until 10 October 2016, when ECAir suspended its operations.

Between March 2016 and October 2017, PrivatAir operated a Boeing 737 on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines between Copenhagen and Boston.[13]

As of 2017, PrivatAir also operated on selected routes for companies such as TUI fly Deutschland and Eurowings on leisure routes from Germany after the collapse of Air Berlin. In July 2018, Lufthansa announced to suspend its route between Frankfurt and Pune, India which had been served by PrivatAir for several years.[14] The route is due to resume in autumn, however operated by Lufthansa's own aircraft. Instead, PrivatAir operates the aircraft between Düsseldorf and New York during the peak summer season.[15]

Scheduled services[edit]

As of July 2018, PrivatAir serves the following scheduled destinations:[16]

Destinations operated for Saudia[edit]


PrivatAir Airbus A319CJ

As of July 2018, the main PrivatAir and PrivatAir Germany fleet consists of the following aircraft.[17][18] Additionally, PrivatAir operates several business jets from Dassault, Bombardier and Gulfstream.[19]

Aircraft In service Orders Notes
Airbus A220-100 5 plus 5 options[20]
Airbus A319CJ 1 operated by PrivatAir; leased from White Airways
Boeing BBJ 1 operated by PrivatAir Germany
Total 2 5

Formerly, PrivatAir used to operate more and a wider range of aircraft including Boeing 757 and 767s.[17][18]


External links[edit]

Media related to PrivatAir at Wikimedia Commons