Germanwings - General Information
Germanwings is the biggest German low-cost airline. It relies on the experience and knowledge of its founders Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG and Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Established in 1997 under the name Eurowings Flug and renamed Germanwings in 2002, the airline is growing extremely fast, adding new destinations to its services. It is the first low-cost transporter in Germany which offers transfer connections. This program was introduced in 2007 and it is called Smart Connect. Since 1 January, 2009 the company has been own entirely by Lufthansa.
Main Headquarter and Flights
The main base of Germanwings if the airport in Cologne – Bon, and its secondary bases are the international airports Berlin-Schonefeld, Hamburg and Dortmund. The company offers flights to more than 66 destinations in Europe. With the beginning of the summer schedule in the end of March Germanwings offered new transfer connections from Bulgaria to several European cities. These are Vienna, Zurich, Dresden, Munich, Milan, Palma de Mallorca, London – Stansted and Berlin – Schonefeld. The flights have a transfer at the airport in Cologne – Bon. These flights are a part of the Smart Connect service and the time of stay during transferring is no longer than an hour. Other destinations from Sofia (except Cologne – Bon) are Hamburg, Leipzig and Stockholm.
Germanwings has 16 planes Airbus A319-112 and 12 planes Airbus A319-132 (plus 9 more which are ordered). At the end of 2008 the average age of the company’s fleet was 5.4 years.