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18Sep2015

Deutscher Helicopter Dienst Essen KG operated a variety of helicopter charter services, including crop-spraying around 1962 [added]

18Sep2015

AdC (Air de Cologne): status changed to 'Renamed' as airline was acquired by TNT in 1988 (thanks Dick Stellweg ) update

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

AdC (Air de Cologne)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1987* - 1988
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : AdC (Air de Cologne) >TNT
Comments : SAS launched the Air de Cologne (AdC) concept, and one of Fred. Olsen's aircraft were painted in the black livery. AdC was sold to TNT

Aerotour   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1956 - 1958
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Bremen   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1989 - 1990
Airline Code : HR : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Bremen was a Bremen based regional airline that went into receivership and ceased operating. Saab 340 operator

Air Commerz   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1970 - 1973
Airline Code : DX : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Lloyd   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1961* - 1964
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Alfa Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1970s))
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

All-Air (Allegemeine Luftransport)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965* - 1966
Airline Code : DZ : ---
Genealogy : >Transport Flug
Comments : No further information at this time

Aquair   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1983* - 1983*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Atlantis Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1968 - 1972
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : >Atlantis Airways
Comments : Atlantis Airways was formed as Nordseeflug Sylter Lufttransport. Charter airline flying long-haul holiday charters using DC8-63 aircraft. Eventually ceased operatining.

Aviaction   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1969 - 1973
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aviation Hanseatiche Lufteederei   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1970s
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Bavaria Flug   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1957 - 1977
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly
Comments : Munich based holiday charter company [BAVARIA-GERMANAIR began in 1965 as SUDWESTFLUG to operate inclusive-tour charter flights from Frankfurt to Mediterranian destinations using a single DC6. Renamed to GERMANAIR in 1968. Merged with BAVARIA FLUG, it's main competitor, in 1977 and was known as BAVARIA-GERMANAIR. Merged with HAPAG-LLOYD in 1979] [TUIfly was renamed from merger of HAPAGFLY and HAPAG-LLOYD EXPRESS after the TUI takeover. This in turn had been rebranded from HAPAG-LLOYD, which had merged with BAVARIA-GERMANAIR in 1979 and retained name]

Bavaria-Germanair   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1977 - 1979
Airline Code : BV : ---
Genealogy : SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly
Comments : No further information at this time

Braunschweig Flug   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1976* - 1976*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Braunschweig Flug >Naske Air
Comments : No further information at this time

Calair (TF Transportflug)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1970 - 1972
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : TF Transportflug >Calair
Comments : No further information at this time

Condor Luftfreederei  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1957* - 1961
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Condor Luftfreederei >>Deutsche Flugdienst >Condor Flugdienst >Condor
Comments : [Condor was founded on 21Dec1955 as Deutsche Flugdiens & scheduled flight operations were launched on 29Mar1956 with a pilgrimage flight to Israel. On 25Oct1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei (which had been founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern), subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst. Integrated SUDFLUG in in 1993. In 1998, Condor Berlin was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary with headquarters at Berlin Tegel Airport. It amalgamated with CONDOR BERLIN and renamed to as Thomas Cook powered by Condor on 01Mar2003. On 23Jan2004, Condor became part of Thomas Cook AG and returned to the Condor brand name]

Condor Sudflug  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1955* - 1961
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : >Condor Flugdienst >Condor
Comments : [Condor was founded on 21Dec1955 as Deutsche Flugdiens & scheduled flight operations were launched on 29Mar1956 with a pilgrimage flight to Israel. On 25Oct1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei (which had been founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern), subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst. Integrated SUDFLUG in in 1993. In 1998, Condor Berlin was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary with headquarters at Berlin Tegel Airport. It amalgamated with CONDOR BERLIN and renamed to as Thomas Cook powered by Condor on 01Mar2003. On 23Jan2004, Condor became part of Thomas Cook AG and returned to the Condor brand name]

Contactair (Contact Air)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1982*
Airline Code : KI : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Deutsche Flugdienst   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1956 - 1961
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Deutsche Flugdienst + Condor Luftfreederei =>Condor Flugdienst >Condor
Comments : [Condor was founded on 21Dec1955 as Deutsche Flugdiens & scheduled flight operations were launched on 29Mar1956 with a pilgrimage flight to Israel. On 25Oct1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei (which had been founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern), subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst. Integrated SUDFLUG in in 1993. In 1998, Condor Berlin was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary with headquarters at Berlin Tegel Airport. It amalgamated with CONDOR BERLIN and renamed to as Thomas Cook powered by Condor on 01Mar2003. On 23Jan2004, Condor became part of Thomas Cook AG and returned to the Condor brand name]

Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1954 - 1955
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : >Lufthansa
Comments : No further information at this time

Deutsche Taxiflug   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1961* - 1961*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Deutscher Helicopter Dienst Essen   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1962* - 1962*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Deutscher Helicopter Dienst Essen KG operates a variety of helicopter charter services, including crop-spraying

DFD (Deutsche Ferienflugdienste)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1989* - 1990
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

DFD (Deutscher Flug Dienst)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1981* - 1982
Airline Code : DB : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

DLT (Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesellschaft)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1974 - 1992
Airline Code : DW : ---
Genealogy : OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi >OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport) >DLT >Lufthansa CityLine
Comments : Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on 01Oct1974

EFS (Express Flug Service)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1973 - 1977
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Elbeflug   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1970 - 1971
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

ESS Luftfahrtunternehmen   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1985 - 1988
Airline Code : EE : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Flugtransport   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1963* - 1963*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

General Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1962 - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1974 - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft formed on 01Mar1974 to succeed General Air Nord. Ceased operations on 31Oct1975

General Air Nord   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1972 - 1974*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : General Air Nord was formed in May1972 to operate domestic services

German Cargo   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1977 - 1992
Airline Code : GP : ---
Genealogy : German Cargo >Lufthansa Cargo
Comments : Lufthansa became first airline in the world to divide it's passenger and cargo services forming German Cargo in 1977. It was renamed to Lufthansa Cargo in 1992

Germanair   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1968 - 1977
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly
Comments : No further information at this time

Hadag Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1974 - 1986
Airline Code : GP : ---
Genealogy : Hadag General Air Seebaderflug >Hadag Air >Holiday Express >Hanse Express
Comments : Hamburg Airlines had its origins in Hadag Air, founded in 1974 as an offspring of General Air. After a short spell as Holiday Express, Hadag Air became Hanse Express in 1986

Hadag General Air Seebaderflug   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1974* - 1974
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Hadag General Air Seebaderflug >Hadag Air >Holiday Express >Hanse Express
Comments : Hamburg Airlines had its origins in Hadag Air, founded in 1974 as an offspring of General Air. After a short spell as Holiday Express, Hadag Air became Hanse Express in 1986

Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1953* - 1953*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1973 - 1974*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug was founded on 29Jun1972 (passenger charter and inclusive-tour flight)

Hohenloher Flugdienst   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Holiday Express   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1986 - 1986
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Hadag General Air Seebaderflug >Hadag Air >Holiday Express >Hanse Express
Comments : Hamburg Airlines had its origins in Hadag Air, founded in 1974 as an offspring of General Air. After a short spell as Holiday Express, Hadag Air became Hanse Express in 1986

Holstenflug  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1966 - 1979
Airline Code : HD : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Holstenflug was formed in 1966

IFG Interregional Fluggesellschaft   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1974
Airline Code : IP : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : IFG Interregional Fluggesellschaft was established in 1967. Ceased operations & went into liquidation on 24Jan1974

Intercondor (Inter Condor)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1990* - 1990*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Interfly   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1971* - 1971*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Jetair   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1982* - 1985
Airline Code : JA : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

LTS (Lufttransport Sud)  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1984 - 1988
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : LTS (Lufttransport Sud) >LTU Sud International Airways >>LTU International Airways >>airberlin
Comments : LTU Sud was known as LTS (Lufttransport Sud) (formed in 1983) until 1988. The airline was founded by LTU INTERNATIONAL in 1984 and merged into the parent airline in 1997] [AIR BERLIN is a charter airline based in Berlin. Originally an Oregon, US based company and became a German company in 1992. Acquired DBA in 2008 and LTU INTERNATIONAL in 2009]

LuftAG (Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1953* - 1954
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : ..>Lufthansa
Comments : Lufthansa was recreated on 06Jan1953 as Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag) and was renamed Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft on 06Aug1954 [LUFTHANSA was originally founded in Berlin in 1926 as a consolidated German airline by the merger of DEUTSCHE AERO-LLOYD and JUNKERS LUFTVERKEHR. Acquired AUSTRIAN AIRLINES as a result of the German annexation of Austria in 1939. Went into liquidation as a result of WWII in 1945. In1953, LUFTAG was founded in Colgne and renamed to LUFTHANSA in 1954. This new German airline began operations in 1955]

Lufttaxi Osnabruck   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Airline Code : KG : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Lufttransport-Union   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1956 - 1956
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lufttransport-Union >LTU International Airways >>airberlin
Comments : Lufttransport-Union was founded on 20Feb1955 & started operations on 15Mar1955. Renamed to LTU International Airways & cmmenced operations on 02Mar1956. merged into airberlin on 01Apr2011

Luftverkehr Wilhelmshaven-Friesland Erich Passon   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Airline Code : LW : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

NFD (Numberger Flugdienst)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1975* - 1994
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : NFD Luftverkehrs + RFG Regionalflug =>Eurowings
Comments : NFD (Numberger Flugdienst) was founded in 1975. Eurowings was formed by the merger of NFD Luftverkehrs (founded 1975) and RFG Regionalflug (founded 1976) on 01Jan1994

Nora Air Services   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1970s)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Nordseeflug Sylter Lufttransport   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1966* - 1968
Airline Code : NO : ---
Genealogy : >Atlantis Airways
Comments : Atlantis Airways was formed as Nordseeflug Sylter Lufttransport. Charter airline flying long-haul holiday charters using DC8-63 aircraft. Eventually ceased operatining.

OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1970 - 1974
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi >OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport) >DLT >Lufthansa CityLine
Comments : Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT on 01Nov1958. First flew on17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on 01Oct1974

OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1959 - 1970
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi >OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport) >DLT >Lufthansa CityLine
Comments : Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on 01Oct1974

Panorama Flugdienst   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1988* - 1988*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Panorama Flugdienst >Euro City Line
Comments : Panorama Flugdienst was founded in 1988

Pleuger Flugdienst   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Rheingau Air Service   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1974* - 1979*
Airline Code : KG : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

SAT Flug (Special Air Transport)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1978 - 1986
Airline Code : ST : ---
Genealogy : SAT Flug (Special Air Transport) >Germania
Comments : Germania was established in Apr1997 & operations started on 05Sep1978 as SAT Flug (Special Air Transport). Renamed on 01Jun1986

Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1953 - 1955
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug >Südflug - Süddeutsche Fluggesellschaft >Südflug International >>>Condor Flugdienst
Comments : [Südflug International was one on the airport Stuttgart -based German charter airline and also the first West German airline that was founded after the Second World War. Südflug International was founded on 24Nov1952 by the former German fighter pilot and self-made entrepreneur Rul Bückle with an initial capital of 20,000 DM founded under the name Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug. In 1955, the airline received a German license plate. At about the same time, the company name was changed to Südflug - Süddeutsche Fluggesellschaft . Renamed again. this time to Südflug International. Condor Flugdienst took over the company on 02Jan1968 & fully integrated the company in in on 02Jan1969] [Condor was founded on 21Dec1955 as Deutsche Flugdiens & scheduled flight operations were launched on 29Mar1956 with a pilgrimage flight to Israel. On 25Oct1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei (which had been founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern), subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst. Integrated SUDFLUG in in 1993. In 1998, Condor Berlin was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary with headquarters at Berlin Tegel Airport. It amalgamated with CONDOR BERLIN and renamed to as Thomas Cook powered by Condor on 01Mar2003. On 23Jan2004, Condor became part of Thomas Cook AG and returned to the Condor brand name]

Südflug - Süddeutsche Fluggesellschaft  added in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1955 - 1967*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug >Südflug - Süddeutsche Fluggesellschaft <Südflug International >>Condor Flugdienst >Condor
Comments : [Südflug International was one on the airport Stuttgart -based German charter airline and also the first West German airline that was founded after the Second World War. Südflug International was founded on 24Nov1952 by the former German fighter pilot and self-made entrepreneur Rul Bückle with an initial capital of 20,000 DM founded under the name Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug. In 1955, the airline received a German license plate. At about the same time, the company name was changed to Südflug - Süddeutsche Fluggesellschaft . Renamed again. this time to Südflug International. Condor Flugdienst took over the company on 02Jan1968 & fully integrated the company in in on 02Jan1969] [Condor was founded on 21Dec1955 as Deutsche Flugdiens & scheduled flight operations were launched on 29Mar1956 with a pilgrimage flight to Israel. On 25Oct1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei (which had been founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern), subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst. Integrated SUDFLUG in in 1993. In 1998, Condor Berlin was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary with headquarters at Berlin Tegel Airport. It amalgamated with CONDOR BERLIN and renamed to as Thomas Cook powered by Condor on 01Mar2003. On 23Jan2004, Condor became part of Thomas Cook AG and returned to the Condor brand name]

Südflug International  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1968
Airline Code : SZ : ---
Genealogy : Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug >Südflug International >Condor Flugdienst >Condor
Comments : Südflug International was one on the airport Stuttgart -based German charter airline and also the first West German airline that was founded after the Second World War. Südflug International was founded on 24Nov1952 by the former German fighter pilot and self-made entrepreneur Rul Bückle with an initial capital of 20,000 DM founded under the name Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug. In 1955, the airline received a German license plate. At about the same time, the company name was changed to Südflug - Süddeutsche Fluggesellschaft . Renamed again. this time to Südflug International. Condor Flugdienst took over the company on 02Jan1968 & fully integrated the company in in on 02Jan1969 [Condor was founded on 21Dec1955 as Deutsche Flugdiens & scheduled flight operations were launched on 29Mar1956 with a pilgrimage flight to Israel. On 25Oct1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei (which had been founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern), subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst. Integrated SUDFLUG in in 1993. In 1998, Condor Berlin was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary with headquarters at Berlin Tegel Airport. It amalgamated with CONDOR BERLIN and renamed to as Thomas Cook powered by Condor on 01Mar2003. On 23Jan2004, Condor became part of Thomas Cook AG and returned to the Condor brand name]

SudwestFlug (Sudwest Flug)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965 - 1968
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly
Comments : TUIfly was launced as SudwestFlug in 1965

Supair (Super International Airlines)   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1979*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Supair was formed in 1979 by Dr. Mohammed Ziad Niam Al Kawadri, a Syrian-born attorney. The West German authorities refused to grant an operating license & so the airline never commenced operations

Tempelhof Airways USA   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1981 - 1990
Airline Code : CL : THE
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

TF Transportflug   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965* - 1970
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : TF Transportflug >Calair
Comments : No further information at this time

Transport Flug (Transportflug)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1965 - 1970
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Transport Flug
Comments : No further information at this time
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