Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2895 posts, RR: 25 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 975 times:
Today I had an interesting conversation with an ex-Augsburg Airways pilot. He told me that Contact Air plans to take at least five ATR72s from Eurowings in November. Those ATRs would be operated in Team-Lufthansa colours.
Has anybody else heard of that? Is it just a rumour, or is it official news?
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2895 posts, RR: 25 Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 943 times:
According to that pilot, the ATRs would be additional aircraft to Contact Air's existing Fokker-50 fleet (the last Dash-8 left Contact Air's fleet years ago).
Eurowings recently added quite a lot of CRJs to their fleet, some more CRJs are due for delivery within the next few months I think. Btw, both Eurowings and Contact Air operate most of their flights on behalf of the Lufthansa network.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 38 Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 932 times:
I read somewhere of the following plan, either in the FTD or on this very board, don´t remember:
EW sell their ATRs to different Team LH members and their CRJs to CL. In turn, they get CL´s ARJs, making CL all CRJ and EW all 146/ARJ (plus the 319s for the low cost airline). Plus this might be a first step to a more harmonised Team LH fleet which contains basically every 30-70 seater ever built : D38, DH1, DH2, DH3, DH4, F50, AT4, AT7, CR2, ER4. Sounds complicated, but makes sense imho.
P.S.: Alex, did you get the 10c A on your Berlin trip?
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2895 posts, RR: 25 Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 901 times:
The EW/CL fleet switch (as mentioned by Airsicknessbag) surely makes sense imho. EW would have ARJs only, CL would have CRJs only.
But as far as I understand, Contact Air will keep the F50 in their fleet, the ATR will become Contact Air's second aircraft type. But Contact Air won't take all of EW's ATRs, another Team Lufthansa member would have to take the rest. Augsburg Airways is very unlikely, both because of their financial situation and because of their all-Dash fleet. Cirrus Airways already operates a mix of D38, DH1, DH3 and ER4. The remaining ex-EW ATRs would fit into Cimber Air's fleet, but I doubt that Cimber as a Danish Airline will fly domestic German services for Team Lufthansa.
You see, fleet harmonisation can be difficult...
ps: Yes, Daniel, finally I've completed my collection It was not very difficult, the 10c A is very common in Berlin
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 38 Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 890 times:
Oh, Cimber flies all Kiel services, KEL-FRA, -CGN, -MUC and -TXL with their ATRs. They also did TXL-BRU some time with the CRJ200, or maybe they still do, I´m too lazy to go get a timetable now
I could very well see Cirrus going for a fleet standardisation: their Dash are up to 13 years old (ex Hamburg Airlines) and non-Q models. Plus, when Dornier is finished, they might want to get rid of the Do328 due to lack of spares and engineering support. Question is, could an ATR72 operate out of MHG´s 1066 metre runway? Pure specuolation, of course.