Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter
Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet size24
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersDortmund, Germany

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH, commonly abbreviated LGW, is a German regional airline headquartered in Dortmund.

Originally it was an independent provider of scheduled and chartered low-volume passenger flights. After years of cooperation with Air Berlin, eventually becoming a subsidiary of Air Berlin in 2017. After the collapse of Air Berlin it was purchased by Lufthansa in October 2017 to become an operational unit of the group's low-cost carrier Eurowings.


LGW Dornier Do 228 in 2004
An LGW Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 formerly operated for Air Berlin

Independent company[]

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter was founded in 1980 by Bernd Walter, the owner of a flying school at Dortmund Airport.[1] Initially, LGW offered on-demand charter and air taxi services.[1] During the 1990s, the airline grew a network of scheduled domestic flights.[2] At that time, it had 25 employees and the Dornier Do 228, with its capacity of 19 passengers, was the largest airliner in its fleet.[3]

Cooperation with Air Berlin[]

In 2007, LGW entered into a partnership with Air Berlin, the second largest German airline. Effective 12 October of that year, LGW flights into Düsseldorf Airport and Berlin Tegel Airport were sold via the Air Berlin booking engine.[4] In 2008, Air Berlin introduced the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 into its fleet. The ten aircraft of that type were leased to LGW[5] and operated on regional routes.[6]

Subsequently, LGW discontinued its independent corporate identity. It no longer offered any chartered services, but operated scheduled flights on behalf of Air Berlin, under Air Berlin flight numbers and branding.[7] The website was shut down and replaced with a redirect to On 2 March 2009, Air Berlin notified the Federal Cartel Office that it would become the controlling shareholder of LGW.[8]

As staff employed by LGW do not have a collective agreement, salaries were considerably lower than at Air Berlin.[7] To save costs, Air Berlin transferred a large number of its staff to LGW (especially those whose fixed-term contracts had expired). By the end of 2011, LGW had 110 employees. By early 2013, this number had grown to 480.[9] Since that year, LGW also employed jet pilots, as a number of Embraer 190 aircraft were transferred to the airline from Niki (another Air Berlin subsidiary),[10] the first of which arrived on 14 March and left the fleet in November 2013.[6]

By spring 2015, LGW increased their fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s from 12 to 17.[11]

In May 2017, Air Berlin announced plans to buy Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter entirely, in which it had a controlling stake since 2009.[12]

Takeover by Lufthansa[]

In the course of the 2017 bankruptcy of Air Berlin, Lufthansa bought LGW.[13] After Air Berlin ceased operations on 27 October 2017, LGW started wetlease operations for Eurowings, taking over parts of the wetlease agreement previously provided by its parent for the Lufthansa subsidiary. In addition to its existing fleet of Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, it will also receive 13 Airbus A320-family aircraft[14] and started hiring crews hereto in November 2017.[15] The acquisition was closed in January 2018 after receiving approval from the European Commission on 21 December 2017.[14]


As of November 2017, LGW operates European routes on behalf of Eurowings.


Current fleet[]

As of June 2018, the Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter fleet consists of the following aircraft:[16]

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 8[17] 12 144 156[18] Operated for Eurowings[19]
Airbus A320-200 6[17] 12 168 180[18]
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 20 76 76
Total 34

Historical fleet[]

Previously, LGW operated the following aircraft types:

LGW historical fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Britten-Norman Islander
Cessna 404 Titan
Dornier Do 228
Embraer 190


  1. ^ a b Information about Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  2. ^ LGW timetable front covers, at
  3. ^ a b "World Airline Directory". Flightglobal: 86. 24 March 1999. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Air Berlin kooperiert mit LGW Walter". 11 October 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Air Berlin setzt erste Q400 ein". Air Berlin. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "LGW Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter fleet details". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b Friedrich, Tina (21 December 2012). "Air Berlin: Hungerlohn im Cockpit". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Angemeldete Fusionen: Air Berlin / Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (Kontrollerwerb)". Federal Cartel Office. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  9. ^ Busche, Dirk (30 January 2013). "Kostendruck: Air Berlin wird zur Spardose". Neue Presse. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  10. ^ "airberlin will offenbar auch Jets über LGW bereedern". Flug Revue. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  11. ^ LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter retrieved 22 November 2015
  12. ^ - "Air Berlin takes over Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter" (German) 25 May 2017)
  13. ^ - "Niki to be history by year's end" (German) 25 October 2017
  14. ^ a b "European Commission approves the Lufthansa Group's acquisition of Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter". Lufthansa Group | Newsroom. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  15. ^ "Careers". Career (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  16. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 15. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  17. ^ a b "Lufthansa Taufnamen - Eurowings". (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  18. ^ a b "Engineering & fleet - Company - Eurowings". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  19. ^ Photo in Livery Eurowings
  20. ^ "World Airline Directory". Flightglobal: 84. 26 March 1997.

External links[]

Media related to Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter at Wikimedia Commons