From 2020, Germania will be implementing the most comprehensive fleet replacement measures in its corporate history. In this context, the airline is now setting the course for the standardisation of its fleet. Over the next 15 months, the ten Boeing type 737-700s in the fleet will be retired and replaced with Airbus aircraft. The first three Boeing aircraft will be leaving as early as the end of April this year while the last Boeing plane will leave Germania at the start of the 2019 summer season at the latest.
Together with Airbus and additional flight training schools, Germania is organising an inhouse training for all Boeing pilots to be retrained to fly Airbus planes and obtain a type rating for their new workstation. This way, the airline will be paving the way for 2020 and the seamless integration of the 25 type A320neo aircraft that have been ordered.
"The modification of our operational basis in readiness for the new chapter featuring A320neos represents a major project for Germania. We are very proud of the fact that the retraining of our Boeing pilots marks the start of an important phase in our fleet conversion," commented Germania CEO Karsten Balke. The conversion not only affects cockpit personnel, but also numerous processes in technology and maintenance as well as flight planning and purchasing.
In July 2016, Germania signed a contract for the delivery of 25 type A320neos with an option on 15 additional aircraft of the same type. The aircraft on order will have 180 seats and be equipped with the latest generation of Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines. A high level of fuel efficiency and low noise emissions are key features of these aircraft, which are among the most modern of their kind.
Germania is an independent German airline which was established over 30 years ago. On short-haul and medium-haul flights the airline, with its distinctive green and white livery, carries more than 3 million passengers per year. Germania offers connections from 20 departure airports in Europe to over 55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Reversing the common industry trend, Germania continues to offer complimentary snacks, soft drinks, magazines and a minimum of 20 kg free baggage allowance. Germania operates scheduled, charter and ad-hoc flights. Together with the Swiss airline Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle, Germania's fleet currently has 29 aircraft. Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH is responsible for the company's aircraft maintenance.