Hamburg Airlines

Hamburg Airlines was a German airline based in Hamburg and based on the Hamburg airport.


Hamburg Airlines was established on 15 April 1988 as a collecting society for the regional airline Holiday Express and their aircraft by the entrepreneur Eugen Block. Recorded flight operations with two Dornier Do 228 on June 9, 1988, but already in October 1988 they were replaced by regional aircraft of the type Bombardier Dash 8. Later in addition to the first -100 and -300 of this type were used.

After German unification, the eastern and central German airfields were more involved in the route network. In particular, some stretches of the bankrupt Tempelhof Airways were acquired and set up a second base at the airport Berlin -Tempelhof. In addition, one built on a charter flight department and led to a leased Fokker 100 by charter flights to Spain. 1990 one first flew scheduled services to London Gatwick, but also to Riga and Kaliningrad.

On January 5, 1993, the foundation bought the Saarland Airlines Hamburg Airlines on. For the end of 1993, however, Saarland Airlines Hamburg Airlines went bankrupt and was revived as the name on 1 December 1993, but was transformed into a GmbH. In the course of this conversion Hamburg Airlines leased new types of aircraft such as the BAe 146-200, and began to compete with Lufthansa CityLine. New routes were opened to Vilnius and Riga. In addition, it was concluded cooperation agreements with Air UK, Crossair and LTU.

But the targets were missed and you wrote in the red again. Talks about a collaboration with Team Augsburg Airways and Lufthansa were not successful until 1997. On December 21, 1997 Hamburg Airlines finally had to cease flying. This step is justified by the absence of key partners and thus that there is no prospect of an economic future is in sight.


Goals were served by Hamburg Airways initially in Germany like Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Sylt, abroad destinations such as Amsterdam, London, Salzburg, Antwerp, Gothenburg and Brussels.


The end of 1997 the fleet of Hamburg Airlines consisted of nine aircraft:

  • 2 BAe 146-200
  • 2 BAe 146-300
  • 3 Bombardier Dash 8-100
  • 2 Bombardier Dash 8-300