Air Transport World

Growing up in Germany.(Eurowings)(Company Profile)

DORTMUND--From a merger of two small regional airlines, Eurowings, having ridden the wave of European aviation liberalization with a fleet of ATR 42/72 turboprops, is seriously considering moving into jet equipment.

The airline will require 10 jet aircraft-- which will replace a similar number of its turboprops--the choice lying between the Fokker 70 and the Avro International RJ85. The airline already flies two of the latter out of Cologne on behalf of TNT's smallpackage operation. It also flies an Airbus A310--leased from Polaris--on a wetlease charter operation for Hapag-Lloyd.

Eurowings Chairman and CEO Reinhard Santner told ATW: "We are in love with Fokker but we have not yet made a decision between the F70 and the British RJ85. The 70 is an aircraft for a long-term future, while nobody knows how long the RJ85s will stay and compete in the market.

"We cannot afford to change our aircraft every five years. This is a love affair for life. But we have to say that the RJ is excellent in terms of passenger comfort, due to its [11-ft. …

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