Green Airlines: 1.700 kilometers of empty flight for just four passengers

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

Green Airlines: 1.700 kilometers of empty flight for just four passengers

Embraer 190 (Photo: V1Images.com/Severin Hackenberger).
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With only four passengers on board, German Airways took off on Friday for the charter marketer Green Airlines at Cologne / Bonn Airport in the direction of Paderborn. However, the machine was previously flown in by ferry from Granada, Spain.

The ticket seller who cannot operate his holiday flights from Paderborn and Rostock because German Airways first took off, then Alk Air prematurely withdrew the Boeing 737-300 and now too Just Us Air will not fly due to lack of a contract, emphasizes the climate friendliness of the tickets sold. A ferry flight from Spain to collect only four passengers in Cologne / Bonn and fly via Paderborn to Westerland will probably not be the right choice.

The return flight had the remarkable fact that it ended in Paderborn due to a lack of passengers. On the sub-segment between this city and Cologne / Bonn there were no passengers at all. Therefore, German Airways flew the D-AZFA back to Spain.

Green Airlines is not an airline, but a company that charters aircraft and sells the seats for its own account. This is exactly where things seem to go wrong, because you change so-called “flight partners” like underwear. Just Us Air is not the first airline to sell tickets under their flight numbers, but according to its own information, no contract was signed. The same thing happened to Air Alsie last year. The French Chalair said goodbye after only a few legs and Pad Aviation didn't last long either. German Airways withdrew from the vacation flights from Paderborn and Rostock. This week, flights from Groningen were also canceled. German Airways does not want to comment on the content of this issue and refers to the charter client Green Airlines regarding the cause of the deletions. 

He claims that the Cologne / Bonn-Paderborn-Sylt route would be the “most climate-fair” route. The balance sheet is absolutely untenable when you consider that the D-AZFA, coming from Spain, completed an empty flight of around 1.740 kilometers and then brought four defeated passengers around 130 kilometers to Paderborn. Then with a few travelers to Westerland and back to the city in Westphalia. From there, the Embraer 190 then embarks on a 1.860-kilometer ferry flight to Spain. Thus around 3.600 kilometers were flown empty through Europe just for the positioning of the D-AZFA. And should that be the “most climate-friendly way”?

Payment fees for climate donations

When it comes to climate protection, there is still an inconsistency at Green Airlines, because passengers can donate to various projects during the booking process. For this, the charter marketer seriously charges a “transaction fee” of 50 cents. Not only is it morally reprehensible that environmental donations should be used for cash, but that is simply forbidden. No payment fees, transaction fees and whatever you want to name them may be charged across the EU. This applies when paying with common means of payment such as debit or credit cards, direct debit or bank transfer.

Passengers affected by the flight cancellations from Paderborn and Rostock explain to Aviation Direct uniso that they feel left out by Green Airlines. So it would be almost impossible to reach the company by phone, because a mobile box should always be heard. One communicates by e-mail “anonymously” without naming a clerk and the telephone numbers given should lead to the same mobile box. As soon as the topic “Compensation according to EU-VO 261/2004” is written, the contact should be broken off for good. As already mentioned the day before: The first passengers have already stated that they have allegedly already wanted to have reported criminal charges against the company and / or its managing director. However, there is no official confirmation from the police or the public prosecutor's office (yet).

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