German Airways ultimatum to Green Airlines: 800.000 euros on the table or 11,3 million euros lawsuit

Embraer 190 (Photo: V1Images.com/Severin Hackenberger).
Embraer 190 (Photo: V1Images.com/Severin Hackenberger).

German Airways ultimatum to Green Airlines: 800.000 euros on the table or 11,3 million euros lawsuit

Embraer 190 (Photo: V1Images.com/Severin Hackenberger).
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By the end of this week, the ticket seller Green Airlines has to put 800.000 euros on the table at German Airways or the Zeitfracht subsidiary will file a lawsuit for 11,3 million euros. A legal letter from which Airliners.de quoted shows that German Airways discontinued its flight services without notice due to default in payment.

However, that does not mean that Green Airlines has got rid of the payment obligations that were entered into when the charter contract was signed. German Airways insists through the law firm that the contract continues. It is also pointed out that both the minimum purchase and the duration have been agreed.

According to the legal request for payment, quoted from Airliners.de, Green Airlines would no longer have made the agreed weekly advance payments. These would have been agreed as a guarantee and That is the only reason why German Airways no longer fliesbecause the ticket seller is said to be in default of payment. Also the fact that after the “blue letter” ticket sales under flight numbers from German Airways were allowed to continue, Didn't go down well with the Zeitfracht subsidiary.

As already mentioned, the German Airways lawyer insists that the charter contract stipulates a minimum number of flight hours that must be taken per month. Green Airlines is also said to have committed to charter two Embraer 190s for at least nine months. Then the bill is opened: 11,3 million euros are required.

Late payment is said to have caused no-flying

German Airways also argues that there are holding costs for not flying, which is supposed to be a result of late payment. These alone amount to 2,7 million euros. "Assuming that a mutually agreed termination of the contract (...) takes place, the aircraft (...) and crew, if necessary (...), could be used elsewhere (...). In any case, however, costs were incurred for a period of around 2,7 months (...) ”, quoted Airliners.de from the lawyer’s letter. This is said to have resulted in an expense of 1,5 million euros.

It is also noteworthy that the solicitor's letter of formal notice is addressed to both Managing Director Stefan Auwetter and the airline trolley seller Daniel Sander. The latter told Business Insider about a year ago that he was the founder of Green Airlines. According to the commercial register, however, Auwetter is the sole shareholder and managing director of the ticket dealer.

German Airways makes the two managers an offer: If Green Airlines puts 800.000 euros on the table by the end of this week, they will forego the assertion of the 11,3 million euros. Otherwise, you can file a lawsuit against the ticket dealer. The lawyer's and court costs alone are likely to be enormous with this amount of claim. The Zeitfracht subsidiary is not the only ex-partner who has made allegations against the ticket sales company. Alk Air A Boeing 737-300 took off after just a few circulations and then criticized the payment behavior of Green Airlines. The charter airline Just Us Air never came and pointed out that you never signed a contract and was amazed that tickets were being sold under their flight numbers. Green Airlines previously presented the Romanian carrier as "Additional partner".

What does the ticket seller Green Airlines say about the demand made by German Airways? Nothing. One does not want to comment on this and points out that the content of the contract would be confidential, a spokeswoman told Airliners.de.

So far only 52 trees have been planted - some “partners” have not received any donations

On the “environmental front”, too, Green Airlines obviously has problems. The association “Äpfel und Konsorten eV”, which was previously surprised that it was listed as a partner on the ticket seller's website, told Airliners.de that it no longer cooperates with this company. They do not want to be associated with greenwashing. According to its own statements, the club had never received any money anyway.

The situation is similar with the Naturefund projects “Orchards Wiesbaden in Hesse” and “Hamberger Moor in Lower Saxony”. These were also listed as environmental projects, but there should not have been a cent from Green Airlines. The research carried out by Airliners.de triggered a huge media vortex and in the meantime these "partners" have been removed from the homepage.

According to Airliners.de, the only project "Reforestation in Costa Rica" still visible on the Green Airlines page is not supposed to be completely transparent. The German specialist medium writes that so far only 52 trees are said to have been donated. Green Airlines links to the general project page, which lists 29.728 trees. But if you were to link to the “Blue Planet Certificate” from Green Airlines, visitors to the homepage would immediately see that only 52 trees were donated. That is - considering the amount of carbon dioxide released by the Positioning flights all over Europe and weak utilization of the Sylt flights - very little. "Instead, the link to the general project website suggests a far greater commitment by the self-proclaimed environmental airline," writes Airliners.de.

Obviously, Green Airlines doesn't fit in at all when the media uncover the unpleasant side of the “climate-fair airline”. One attempted to report on a by means of legal letters Preliminary proceedings by the Karlsruhe Public Prosecutor's Office leads against a Green Airlines manager, to be prevented. Aviation Direct, among others, did not comply, because the truth is the truth.

Aged Chalair fleet is represented as "Green Turbo Fleet"

Obviously, it is no longer so easy for Green Airlines to sell flights under Chalair's IATA two-letter code for longer than a few days before. This suggests that the French airline could insist on prepayment and only allow tickets to be sold after receipt of payment. In any case, that does not prevent the German ticket seller from doing so Selling flights with fictitious IATA two-letter codes. In the meantime, a corresponding notice that you don't even know who the operating carrier is has been removed.

The reservation system rented by the Flexflight subsidiary Wordticket shows that Chalair is to fly to Paderborn-Sylt-Paderborn with the Beech 1900D aircraft at the weekend. An ATR42 was in use last weekend, but the load factor was again very weak this time. In view of the small number of passengers and the fact that the aircraft has to be flown in from deepest France, there can be no talk of “green and climate-fair flights”.

Beech 1900D and ATR 42-500 (Photo: Chalair).

A look at Chalair Aviation's fleet also shows that it is definitely not that young anymore. Green Airlines presents the ATR42 / 72 models as particularly environmentally friendly and “climate-fair”. Apparently, they deliberately refrained from specifying the exact design, because these are not the modern -600 models, which use significantly less kerosene than theirs Years of the predecessor of the -300 or -500 series consume. It is precisely for this reason that many ATR operators are swapping out their older aircraft for the latest 600 aircraft. Since they blow less kerosene through the turboprop engines, the carbon dioxide emissions are also lower.

TypeQuantityavg. Age in years
ATR42-300128,8
ATR42-500324,5
ATR72-500120,7
Beech 1900D822,6
TOTAL1324,15

Green Airlines refers to the pattern on the homepage as "Green Turbo Fleet" or "A Green Fleet". However, it does not indicate that these are outdated versions of the ATR42 / 72. The Beech 1900D, which is no longer listed, is no longer young either. Production was stopped in 2002 due to a lack of demand. This 19-seater model was developed in the 1980s and not significantly further developed until it was abandoned.

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