The Austrian airline Eurowings Europe GmbH already shut down its flight operations on January 30, 2023. The fleet has already been almost completely transferred to its successor, Eurowings Europe Ltd, based in San Ġiljan, Maltese. transfer.
According to the company, three machines are still registered on the Austrian AOC, but these will soon also be transferred to the 9H register. A query carried out at Austro Control shows that it is an Airbus A319 with the current aviation registration numbers OE-LYU, OE-LYV and OE-LYX.
“The last commercial flight of Eurowings Europe GmbH took place on January 30, 2023 (EW9247, CPH-DUS). The transfer of the employees from Eurowings Europe GmbH to Eurowings Europe Ltd. is also completed. All flights are now 'operated by Eurowings Europe Ltd'," a Eurowings spokeswoman told Aviation.Direct.
Austrian AOC is returned
In concrete terms, this means that the commercial flight operations of the Austrian Eurowings Europe GmbH have been discontinued since January 30, 2023. In theory, this could be reactivated at any time, since you still have an AOC and an operating license. However, this is not planned, because the company is to be closed. Before that, you want to voluntarily return the approval.
On request, the media officer said: "It is planned to return the AOC of Eurowings Europe GmbH to the Austrian authorities, further use within the Lufthansa Group is currently not planned".
The Maltese Eurowings Europe Ltd. currently has a fleet consisting of 17 aircraft. By the end of March 2023, this will increase to 20 units. In addition, the three Airbus A319s that are still registered in Austria will switch to the 9H register of the Malta successor. Similar to its competitors Lauda Europe and Wizz Air Malta, there is no base at Luqa Airport. Eurowings is currently not flying to the island republic at all, although low-frequency flights from Hamburg and Düsseldorf are to be offered in the 2023 summer flight schedule.
The spokeswoman said of the Eurowings Malta fleet: “The fleet of Eurowings Europe Ltd. currently consists of 17 aircraft. The three aircraft currently held by Eurowings Europe GmbH will be transferred to Eurowings Europe Ltd by the end of March. Further growth beyond the 20 aircraft is to follow, but a precise timetable for this has not yet been defined".
Aircraft based in Palma, Prague, Salzburg, Stockholm and Graz
Shortly after it became known that Eurowings Europe GmbH was to be closed in favor of the Malta-based successor, the Vida trade union feared that there would be administrative problems at the Vienna location there could be job cuts. When asked explicitly whether jobs would be lost in Austria as a result, the Eurowings media officer replied: “No. The transfer of operations to Malta has no impact on the employment status of our employees. The transfer of flight operations to Eurowings Europe Ltd. Above all, it reduces complexity and creates the conditions for the continued growth of Eurowings throughout Europe".
Eurowings also confirmed that in the 2023 summer flight schedule, Eurowings Europe Ltd. operated aircraft will be based in Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Salzburg, Stockholm-Arlanda and Graz. The Austrian Eurowings Europe GmbH used to have bases in Pristina and Vienna. In Graz, Styria, a machine will initially be available.