XL Airways Germany

XL Airways Germany
Xl airways germany-logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
X4 GXL STARDUST
Founded2006
Ceased operations2013
HubsFrankfurt Airport
Focus citiesHannover Airport
Fleet size5
Parent companyAsset Liability Management Company hf (formerly known as Straumur Investment Bank)
HeadquartersMörfelden-Walldorf, Germany
Key peopleBertolt Flick (CEO)
Websitexlairways.de

XL Airways Germany GmbH was[1] a charter airline headquartered in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Hesse, Germany, operating charter and ad-hoc lease services, mostly out of Frankfurt Airport. The airline belonged to now bankrupt Straumur Investment Bank from Iceland (together with XL Airways France).

History[]

The airline was founded as Star XL German Airlines by Avion Group from Iceland and received its AOC on 3 May 2006. On 30 October of the same year, the Avion leisure business was bought out and re-organized as XL Leisure Group, resulting in the airline changing its name to XL Airways Germany.

On 11 September 2008, BBC News Channel reported that XL Leisure Group had filed for administration due to rising fuel prices[citation needed], although initially Simon Calder confirmed the group's website was still taking bookings, the group folded the next morning. Operations of the German and French airline subsidiaries were not affected, however. On 12 September 2008, Straumur Investment Bank acquired XL Airways Germany and its French sister company, XL Airways France.

The company filed for bankruptcy on 27 December 2012; operations for the winter season had already been suspended on 14 December.[2] The company officially closed on 3 January 2013.[3]

Destinations[]

An XL Airways Germany Airbus A320-200 at Stuttgart Airport, Germany. This A320-200 crashed into the Merranean on 27 November 2008 as XL Airways 888T. (1 June 2008)

XL Airways Germany served the following destinations in December 2012:[4]

 Egypt

 Germany

 Greece

 Kosovo

 Macedonia

 Morocco

 Portugal

 Spain

 Tunisia

 Turkey

Fleet[]

An XL Airways Germany Boeing 737-800 at Düsseldorf Airport (2007).

In December 2012, the fleet's average age was 9.8 years and consisted of:

XL Airways Germany Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 5 189 Leased

Previously, the fleet consisted of 3 Airbus A320 airliners.[5]

Incidents and accidents[]

References[]

  1. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=XLG
  2. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=XLG
  3. ^ http://atwonline.com/operations/xl-airways-germany-files-bankruptcy
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120227060643/http://www.sunexpress.com/xq-tr/en/booking/route-network.jsp. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ XL Airways fleet list at planespotters.net
  6. ^ "At least two dead after Air NZ owned plane crashes in France". The New Zealand Herald. 28 November 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Air NZ plane crashes in Merranean". Newstalk ZB. 28 November 2008.[dead link]

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