Tempelhof Airways

Tempelhof Airways was an airline based in West Berlin during the time when it was under the jurisdiction of the western nations. It operated from 1981 until the reunification of Germany in 1990.

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Tempelhof Airways USA Saab 340
Aérospatiale N 262 of Tempelhof Airways at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, 1988.

Tempelhof Airways USA, (not to be confused with Tempelhof Express) was founded in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1981 by Knut Kramer, a Berliner living in both Florida and Berlin. In April 1982 it began Air Taxi operations with a Piper Navajo from West Berlin's Tempelhof airport. At that time West Berlin could, due to its status of an occupied city, only have operations by airlines of the United States, France and Great Britain.

In January 1985 scheduled flight operations began between Berlin and Paderborn using Nord 262 aircraft. Most of these flights were for the massive Nixdorf Computer AG offices based there. Operations were later expanded to Dortmund, Luxembourg, Augsburg and Braunschweig. In 1988 the Saab 340 was put into service for the Berlin-Hamburg route.

They also operated an ambulance/medivac aircraft for many years, doing patient transport as well as organ transplant. They used a Lear 25 at first then expanded to a Lear 35. This was undertaken for the DeutscheRettungsflugwacht (German Air Rescue) organization in Stuttart. After the Berlin Wall fell German pilots were allowed to fly to and from Berlin and the operation was absorbed into the parent company. Several of the old TAUSA medivac pilots were hired to remain with the operation.

Following the reunification of Germany, Tempelhof Airways found itself not being able to compete with other German carriers and at the end of October 1990 all flights ceased.[1]

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  1. ^ Hengi,[page needed]

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