Perhaps now would be a good time to revive Interflug!
Seriously though, a new carrier in Germany would be excellent for the German people, the question is, is there any way humanly possible that the airline could avoid being crushed to death by Lufthansa? Lufthansa is very, very, very deeply embedded into the German economy. An example is the Lufthansa/DB partnership, which is probably the best-developed intermodal air/rail transport partnership in the world. They have even run special trains painted in the Lufthansa livery on the DB
network and LH
has marketed the services as "Flights."
Given this kind of interworking, I think it could be very difficult for a new German national airline to become competitive in Germany, but it would certainly be a great occasion for German aviation should such an airline be launched. Perhaps one way to ensure success would be to bypass FRA
and use alternate airports, such as DUS
, or one of the Rhine Valley airports, or perhaps one of the Berlin airports. This would be a good way to bypass LH
's most heavily entrenched markets and at the same time still have an excellent passenger base to draw from.
As far as the fleet is concerned, I personally think that an ideal fleet would either be an all-Airbus fleet of A318s for domestic and short range service, A319-21s for trans-European services, and A340-500/600s for international services OR
an alternate fleet of Fairchild Dornier 728/928 or ERJ175/190 aircraft for short distance services, 737-700/800s for medium distance services and the new 7E7 and 777s for international services.
This new airline could be viable. It would be interesting to see the results, in any case.