Germania Airlines

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Company history

The history of Germania

The history of Germania is closely linked with the personality of the airline‘s founder, lawyer Dr. Hinrich Bischoff (1936-2005), who laid the foundation stone for the carrier‘s success story when he acquired the airline S.A.T. (Special Air Transport) with three of the legendary Caravelle SE-210 jets. After the operating license was transferred to Germania Fluggesellschaft in 1986, S.A.T. has concentrated on aircraft leasing, with clients including Germania.

Innovations “made by Germania“

Many of the innovations that now shape the German aviation industry were first pioneered by Germania‘s founder, Dr. Hinrich Bischoff, who was the first to introduce scheduled flights at fixed prices and to market aircraft as advertising spaces.

In 1998 Germania took delivery of the very first Boeing 737-700 jet. The flight time from Seattle to Berlin was 9 hours and 27 minutes, setting a world record for this aircraft type! The same aircraft type also attracted considerable attention because it was the first to fly in the livery of a cooperation partner, even one of the biggest European tour operators.

Operating under the brand name “Germania-Express“ (“gexx“ for short), between 2003 and 2005 Germania flew to a wide range of German airports, European business centres and holiday destinations with Fokker 100 jets. Tickets were sold at fixed prices which depended on the route length.

Young team, modern fleet

Germania’s current management team is young and dynamic. CEO Karsten Balke has run the airline since 2014, supported by an able team of professionals. Karsten has been responsible for the biggest fleet expansion in the history of the company. This has involved an order of 25 A320neo jets from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, with additional options on further 15 aircraft of the same model. Within its thirty-year history, this has paved the way for air travel that continues to be modern and offers value for money. Passengers can rely on Germania’s long-term commitment to the future of travel.


Acquisition of S.A.T. by Dr Hinrich Bischoff. Holiday flights with three Caravelle SE-210 aeroplanes. Cologne/Bonn airport is the operational location.

Founding of Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH. The operating licence for S. A. T. is transferred to Germania, and the S.A.T. operational area and management is leased to Germania. S.A.T. remains the asset-owning company.

Beginning of operations with the first Boeing 737-300 under the company name Germania. Ten years later, the company has a total of 13 such aircraft.

In summer, Germania is awarded the contract for the ‘civil servant shuttle’ between Cologne/Bonn and Berlin-Tegel.

Relocation of flight operations and technology to Berlin-Tegel. The administrative areas follow. The company’s operating location is now Berlin-Tegel.

In March, the first new Boeing 737-700 lands at Berlin-Tegel Airport after a non-stop flight from the Boeing premises in Seattle, thus setting a new world record.

Germania’s first internal scheduled flight within Germany from Berlin-Tegel to Frankfurt/Main.

As a result of the cooperation between Germania and TUI, the Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) is created. During the eight-year contractual period, 11 Germania Boeing aircraft are used by HLX as wet and dry leases.

Germania resumes the first charter connections with a Boeing 737-300 in its green and white corporate colours.

Berlin becomes the registered headquarters of Germania. Up to seven Boeing aircraft in the company’s corporate colours are used for charter flights and single seat sales.

Purchase of five A319 through the S.A.T. Start of the fleet renewal from Boeing to Airbus.

Founding of Germania Technik Brandenburg (GTB) as a wholly owned subsidiary company of Germania Fluggesellschaft.

Founding of the West African airline Gambia Bird Airlines (GBQ) as part of the expansion of the corporate group Germania, occupancy undertaken of the new GTB aeroplane hangar at Berlin-Brandenburg (BER) airport.

Expansion of the fleet to 10 Boeing and 8 Airbus A319s, as well as two Airbus A321s. Modernisation of the entire Boeing fleet with winglets and new interior appointments such as comfortable leather seats, digital in-flight entertainment and an LED lighting system.

The group welcomes Germania Flug AG in their family. From Zurich, the airline is developing an independent flight program.

Germania Group offers a wide variety of attractive destinations in Europe, North Africa and West Asia.

Germania is commissioning the maintenance hangar in Erfurt. The fleet is expanded to 29 aircraft. The group welcomes the Bulgarian Eagle in the company family.

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