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Green Airlines
Founded2020
Ceased operationsApril 5, 2022
Operating basesKarlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport
Fleet size2
Destinations6
HeadquartersKarlsruhe, Germany
Websitegreen-airlines.com

Green Airlines was a German virtual airline company based at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport.[1]

History

The company was established in October 2020. The virtual airline's flights were originally planned to be operated by Danish Alsie Express[2] while later French Chalair Aviation stepped in.[3]

Green Airlines then announced contracts with Bulgarian ALK Airlines and Romanian Just Us Air to operate their seasonal leisure services from Rostock and Paderborn.[4] In June 2021, Green Airlines also announced the launch of five leisure destinations from Groningen Airport in the Netherlands.[5] They also started to serve Zurich Airport.[6] However, in July 2021, Green Airlines announced the suspension of all international flights including leisure charters stating the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual airline then also planned to acquire its own operations license.[7]

In August 2021, a dispute between Green Airlines and another current wetlease contractor, German Airways, has been reported resulting in the termination of their agreement. A few weeks prior, ALK Airlines also pulled out of their mutual affiliation bringing back Chalair Aviation to operate the currently remaining German domestic flights.[3] Shortly after, German Airways sued Green Airlines for up to 11 million € for alleged breach of contract.[8] Also in August 2021, Green Airlines has been accused of greenwashing after indiscrepancies arose regarding their supposedly supported ecological projects and organizations.[9]

In October 2021, Green Airlines announced it would start domestic operations from Weeze Airport and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport in 2022.[10] However, in November 2021, Green Airlines announced it would pause all flight activities until February 2022.[11] The new routes were then rescheduled to late March 2022 or in the case of the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden services without a new date announcement.[12] This sparked controversy as both Berlin and Munich airports confirmed that neither Green Airlines nor another operating carrier of their behalf requested the necessary slots for the routes as of late January.[13]

After cancelling several scheduled inaugural flights for their expanded network, Green Airlines commenced one of their new services in April 2022 with a Cessna Caravan instead of the planned ATR 72 due to lower than expected passenger numbers.[14]

On 6 April 2022, Green Airlines announced the termination of all scheduled and charter operations with immediate effect stating an unviable business case for the time being.[15]

In May 2022, German environmental protection NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe announced it would sue Green Airlines over claims the company misled passengers over its CO2-compensation efforts.[16]

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Virtual airline (economics)

Virtual airline (economics)

In economics, a virtual airline is an airline that has outsourced as many possible operational and business functions as it can, but still maintains effective control of its core business. Such an airline focuses on operating a network of air services, and outsourcing non-core activities to other organizations. Contracting out services within the aviation industry has reportedly become so common that many carriers could be classed as having features of a virtual airline, although it is arguable whether any current carriers meet a strict definition of the term.

Alsie Express

Alsie Express

Alsie Express is a Danish virtual airline based at Sønderborg. All flights are operated by its sister carrier, Air Alsie, as it is not an AOC holder.

Chalair Aviation

Chalair Aviation

Chalair Aviation is a French regional airline with its head office and base on the grounds of Caen – Carpiquet Airport in Carpiquet. It operates scheduled regional services as well as charter flights for various occasions.

ALK Airlines

ALK Airlines

ALK Airlines, legally incorporated as Air Lubo , is a Bulgarian passenger charter airline headquartered in Sofia.

Rostock

Rostock

Rostock, officially the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, is the largest city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and lies in the Mecklenburgian part of the state, close to the border with Pomerania. With around 208,000 inhabitants, it is the third-largest city on the German Baltic coast after Kiel and Lübeck, the eighth-largest city in the area of former East Germany, as well as the 39th-largest city of Germany. Rostock was the largest coastal and most important port city in East Germany.

Paderborn

Paderborn

Paderborn is a city in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, capital of the Paderborn district. The name of the city derives from the river Pader and Born, an old German term for the source of a river. The river Pader originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius is buried.

Netherlands

Netherlands

The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in Northwestern Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces; it borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coastline to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium in the North Sea. The country's official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland. Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages, while Dutch Sign Language, Sinte Romani and Yiddish are recognised non-territorial languages. Dutch, English and Papiamento are official in the Caribbean territories.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified from an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 1 December 2022, the pandemic had caused more than 643 million cases and 6.63 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

German Regional Airlines

German Regional Airlines

German Regional Airlines GmbH & Co. KG, operating under the German Airways brand and formerly named WDL Aviation, is a German charter and wet lease aircraft operator, headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport, and part of the Zeitfracht Group.

Greenwashing

Greenwashing

Greenwashing, also called "green sheen", is a form of advertising or marketing spin in which green PR and green marketing are deceptively used to persuade the public that an organization's products, aims and policies are environmentally friendly. Companies that intentionally take up greenwashing communication strategies often do so in order to distance themselves from the environmental lapses of themselves or their suppliers.

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport is the international airport of Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and also serves the spa town of Baden-Baden. It is the state's second-largest airport after Stuttgart Airport, and the 18th-largest in Germany with 1,110,500 passengers as of 2016 and mostly serves low-cost and leisure flights.

ATR 72

ATR 72

The ATR 72 is a twin-engine turboprop, short-haul regional airliner developed and produced in France and Italy by aircraft manufacturer ATR, a joint venture formed by French aerospace company Aérospatiale and Italian aviation conglomerate Aeritalia. The number "72" in its name is derived from the aircraft's typical standard seating capacity of 72 passengers.

Destinations

As of April 2022, prior to the suspension of all services, Green Airlines served the following - partially seasonal - destinations:[17]

Germany

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Berlin

Berlin

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3.6 million inhabitants make it the European Union's most populous city, according to population within city limits. One of Germany's sixteen constituent states, Berlin is surrounded by the State of Brandenburg and contiguous with Potsdam, Brandenburg's capital. Berlin's urban area, which has a population of around 4.5 million, is the second most populous urban area in Germany after the Ruhr. The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region has around 6.2 million inhabitants and is Germany's third-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt is an international airport in Schönefeld, just south of the German capital Berlin in the state of Brandenburg. Named after the former West Berlin mayor and West German chancellor Willy Brandt, it is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) south-east of the city centre and serves as a base for easyJet, Eurowings and Ryanair. It mostly has flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations as well as a number of intercontinental services.

Munich

Munich

Munich is the capital and most populous city of the German state of Bavaria. With a population of 1,558,395 inhabitants as of 31 July 2020, it is the third-largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and thus the largest which does not constitute its own state, as well as the 11th-largest city in the European Union. The city's metropolitan region is home to 6 million people. Straddling the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, Munich is the seat of the Bavarian administrative region of Upper Bavaria, while being the most densely populated municipality in Germany. Munich is the second-largest city in the Bavarian dialect area, after the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Munich Airport

Munich Airport

Munich International Airport- Franz Josef Strauß is an international airport serving Munich and Upper Bavaria. It is the second-busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic after Frankfurt Airport, and the ninth-busiest airport in Europe, handling 47.9 million passengers in 2019. It is the world's 15th-busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, and was the 38th-busiest airport worldwide in 2018. It serves as hub for Lufthansa including its subsidiaries Lufthansa CityLine, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings as well as a base for Condor and TUI fly Deutschland.

Paderborn

Paderborn

Paderborn is a city in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, capital of the Paderborn district. The name of the city derives from the river Pader and Born, an old German term for the source of a river. The river Pader originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius is buried.

Paderborn Lippstadt Airport

Paderborn Lippstadt Airport

Paderborn Lippstadt Airport is a minor international airport in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. While the name implies a location within the city of Paderborn or the town of Lippstadt, the airport is actually located near the town of Büren, around 18 km (11 mi) from Paderborn city centre. It mainly serves flights to European leisure destinations.

Sylt

Sylt

Sylt is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein, and well known for the distinctive shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands and is the largest island in North Frisia. The northernmost island of Germany, it is known for its tourist resorts, notably Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup, as well as for its 40-kilometre-long (25-mile) sandy beach. It is frequently covered by the media in connection with its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm tides. Since 1927, Sylt has been connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm causeway. In later years, it has been a resort for the German jet set and tourists in search of occasional celebrity sightings.

Sylt Airport

Sylt Airport

Sylt Airport is the airport on the German island of Sylt located in the municipality of the same name. It mostly features summer seasonal scheduled traffic to major German cities as well as general aviation and gliding. Sometimes the airport is referred to as Westerland/Sylt named after Westerland, a well-known part of the municipality of Sylt which however is not the nearest settlement to the airport.

Usedom

Usedom

Usedom is a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania, divided between Germany and Poland. It is the second largest Pomeranian island after Rügen, and the most populous island in the Baltic Sea.

Weeze

Weeze

Weeze is a municipality in the Lower Rhine (Niederrhein) region, in the northwestern part of North Rhine-Westphalia in the district of Kleve in the region of Düsseldorf.

Weeze Airport

Weeze Airport

Weeze Airport, less commonly known as Niederrhein Airport, is a minor international airport in the Lower Rhine region of Germany. It is used by Ryanair. The airport is situated 3.7 km (2.3 mi) southwest of the municipality of Weeze and 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest of Kevelaer, about 33 km (21 mi) southeast of the Dutch city of Nijmegen, and 48 km (30 mi) northwest of the German city of Duisburg. Between 2008 and 2013 this was one of Germany's fastest-growing airports, however the airport handled only 1.23 million passengers in 2019, reflecting a decline in throughput triggered by Ryanair reducing its route network.

Fleet

As of August 2021, Green Airlines' flights are operated by the following contracted aircraft:[18]

Source: "Green Airlines", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 28th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Airlines.

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  2. ^ "German Startup Green Airlines Hopes To Take Off This Year". 17 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b flugrevue.de (German) 3 August 2021
  4. ^ aerotelegraph.com (German) 10 July 2021
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  7. ^ aero.de (German) 16 July 2021
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  9. ^ airliners.de (German) 19 August 2021
  10. ^ "Green Airlines startet ab Weeze und Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden" [Green Airlines starts from Weeze and Karlruhe/Baden-Baden]. green-airlines.com (in German). 8 September 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  11. ^ airliners.de 2 November 2021
  12. ^ aerotelegraph.com 31 January 2022
  13. ^ aviation.direct 31 January 2022
  14. ^ airliners.de (German) 1 April 2022
  15. ^ aviation.direct - "Green Airlines cancels all flights" (German) 6 April 2022
  16. ^ airliners.de (German) 24 May 2022
  17. ^ green-airlines.com - Strecken und Zielflughäfen (German) retrieved 6 April 2022
  18. ^ "Green Airlines - Our green fleet". 3 August 2021.
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