Dusseldorf airport

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Euro Wings is a German airline based in Dusseldorf and home base on the Dusseldorf airport. It is a subsidiary of Lufthansa and leads in the Lufthansa Regional, as well as for German Wings feeder and regional flights.


Founding and first years

First, the Nuremberg Flight Service ( later regional air ) since 1975 were ( NFD ) and the travel industry and Flight ( RFG) in Dortmund economically active. In 1993, NFD and RFG were merged to form the Euro Wings Aviation AG. Albrecht Knauf initially held 98.2 percent of the Euro Wings shares. Euro Wings later joined in cooperation with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France a few German regional airports with Amsterdam and Paris. In 1996, about 500,000 passengers were carried on these routes.

Takeover by Lufthansa

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From 1 January 2001, the German Lufthansa AG was initially involved with 24.9% of the airline, April 1, 2004, the investment was increased to 49%. Since December 22, 2005 was between Lufthansa and a trustee of the majority shareholder Albrecht Knauf a voting agreement by which the Lufthansa additional 1.0001 % of the Euro Wings shares are allocated and they therefore had economic control of Euro Wings. Within the Knauf Group equity shares of Euro Wings Beteiligungs GmbH are assigned. The regional flight connections from Euro Wings are marketed as Delta flights, the machines contribute to the bulk of the painting of Lufthansa Regional - the Euro Wings by brand disappeared from the market.

13 August 2011, Lufthansa has taken over the Euro Wings to 100 percent. To November 1, 2011, he changed into a GmbH. The reason for the change is to adapt to the shareholding structures of Lufthansa. A wholly owned subsidiary of Euro Wings AG was the low cost airline German Wings, which was founded in 1997 as Euro Wings Flug GmbH and renamed October 27, 2002 in German Wings GmbH. German Wings was sold on 1 January 2009 to Lufthansa. This results in the low-cost airline on the Lufthansa Commercial Holding GmbH.

In January 2010, Euro Wings announced that Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700 are all gradually phased out for economic reasons. This meant a halving of the current fleet. In March 2010 plans were published beyond what the administration will be moving to September 1, 2010 from Dortmund to Dusseldorf. There, a large part of the Euro Wings fleet was already stationed. To March 1, 2011, finally, the technology operating in Dusseldorf was concentrated, the shipyard in Nuremberg was to be closed. Furthermore, it was decided to take another eight Bombardier CRJ900.

From 2014 € to medium Wings perform exclusively flights on behalf of German Wings, but this is only an intermediate solution for capacity reasons. The operation was started for German Wings October 27, 2013, flights on their behalf to and from Hamburg.


Euro Wings served in the name and on behalf of Lufthansa in the Lufthansa Regional and since October 2013 for German Wings, especially by the German Airports Dusseldorf and Hamburg numerous German and European destinations with regional and feeder flights, including, for example, Barcelona, Prague and Athens.


As of February 2014, the fleet of Euro Wings consists of 23 aircraft from Bombardier CRJ900, each with 86 or 90 seats and an average age of 3.7 years.

In the past, Euro Wings ATR 42 and ATR also ran 72, Dornier 328, BAe 146, Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700 and Airbus A319 -100.