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West Germany is the common name of a former republic of central Europe, bordered on the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; on the east by the former East Germany and the Czech Republic; on the south by Austria and Switzerland; and on the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. West Germany had an area of 248,577 sq km (95,976 sq mi). It was established officially as the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG; German Bundesrepublik Deutschland) on May 23, 1949, as one of two successor states-East Germany (officially the German Democratic Republic, or GDR) being the other-to the nation of Germany after its defeat in World War II (1939-1945). West Germany ceased to exist in 1990 when it merged with East Germany into a single nation known as Germany (officially called the Federal Republic of Germany).

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18 September 2015Deutscher Helicopter Dienst Essen KG operated a variety of helicopter charter services, including crop-spraying around 1962 [added]
18 September 2015AdC (Air de Cologne): status changed to 'Renamed' as airline was acquired by TNT in 1988 (thanks Dick Stellweg ) update
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AdC (Air de Cologne)

1987* - 1988Renamed

SAS launched the Air de Cologne (AdC) concept, and one of Fred. Olsen's aircraft were painted in the black livery. AdC was sold to TNT

^ Genealogy - AdC (Air de Cologne) >TNT

Aerotour

1956 - 1958Inactive

 

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Air Bremen

1989 - 1990Inactive

 

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Air Commerz

1970 - 1973Inactive

 

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Air Lloyd

1961* - 1964Inactive

 

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Alfa Air

(1970s))Began?

 

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All-Air (Allegemeine Luftransport)

1965* - 1966Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Transport Flug

Aquair

1983* - 1983*Status?

 

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Atlantis Airways

1968 - 1972Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - >Atlantis

Aviaction

1969 - 1973Inactive

 

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Aviation Hanseatiche Lufteederei

1970sStatus?

 

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Bavaria Flug

1957 - 1977Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly

Bavaria-Germanair

1977 - 1979Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly

Braunschweig Flug

1976* - 1976*Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - Braunschweig Flug >Naske Air

Calair (TF Transportflug)

1970 - 1972Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - TF Transportflug >Calair

Condor Luftfreederei

1957* - 1961Renamed

Condor Luftfreederei was formed in 1957. In 1961, Deutsche Flugdienst took over its rival Condor-Luftreederei , subsequently changing its name to Condor Flugdienst

^ Genealogy - Condor Luftfreederei >>Deutsche Flugdienst >Condor Flugdienst

Condor Sudflug

1955* - 1961Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Condor Flugdienst

Contactair (Contact Air)

1978* - 1982*Status?

 

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Deutsche Flugdienst

1956 - 1961Renamed

Deutsche Flugdienst was formed on 21Dec1955 & operations started 29Mar1956. Taken over by Lufthansa & changed name to Condor Flugdienst on 25Oct1961

^ Genealogy - Deutsche Flugdienst + Condor Luftfreederei =>Condor Flugdienst

Deutsche Taxiflug

1961* - 1961*Status?

 

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Deutscher Helicopter Dienst Essen

1962* - 1962*Status?

Deutscher Helicopter Dienst Essen KG operates a variety of helicopter charter services, including crop-spraying

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DFD (Deutsche Ferienflugdienste)

1989* - 1990Inactive

 

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DFD (Deutscher Flug Dienst)

1981* - 1982Inactive

 

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DLT (Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesellschaft)

1974 - 1992Renamed

Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on 01Oct1974

^ Genealogy - OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi >OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport) >DLT >Lufthansa CityLine

EFS (Express Flug Service)

1973 - 1977Inactive

 

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Elbeflug

1970 - 1971Inactive

 

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ESS Luftfahrtunternehmen

1985 - 1988Inactive

 

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Flugtransport

1963* - 1963*Status?

 

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General Air

1962 - 1975Inactive

 

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General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft

1974* - 1975*Status?

General Air Luftverkehrsgesellschaft formed on 01Mar1974 to succeed General Air Nord

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General Air Nord

1972 - 1974*Inactive

General Air Nord was formed in May1972 to operate domestic services

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German Cargo

1977 - 1992Renamed

Lufthansa became first airline in the world to divide it's passenger and cargo services forming German Cargo that was renamed to Lufthansa Cargo in 1992

^ Genealogy - German Cargo >Lufthansa Cargo

Germanair

1968 - 1977Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly

Hadag Air

1974 - 1986Inactive

Hamburg Airlines had its origins in Hadag Air, founded in 1974 as an offspring of General Air. After a short spell as Holiday Express, Hadag Air became Hanse Express in 1986

^ Genealogy - Hadag General Air Seebaderflug >Hadag Air >Holiday Express >Hanse Express

Hadag General Air Seebaderflug

1974* - 1974Renamed

Hamburg Airlines had its origins in Hadag Air, founded in 1974 as an offspring of General Air. After a short spell as Holiday Express, Hadag Air became Hanse Express in 1986

^ Genealogy - Hadag General Air Seebaderflug >Hadag Air >Holiday Express >Hanse Express

Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug

1953* - 1953*Status?

 

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Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug

1973 - 1974*Status?

Hapag-Lloyd Flugzeug was founded on 29Jun1972

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Hohenloher Flugdienst

1978* - 1979*Status?

 

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Holiday Express

1986 - 1986Renamed

Hamburg Airlines had its origins in Hadag Air, founded in 1974 as an offspring of General Air. After a short spell as Holiday Express, Hadag Air became Hanse Express in 1986

^ Genealogy - Hadag General Air Seebaderflug >Hadag Air >Holiday Express >Hanse Express

Holstenflug

1966 - 1979Inactive

 

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Intercondor (Inter Condor)

1990* - 1990*Inactive

 

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Interfly

1971* - 1971*Inactive

 

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Jetair

1982* - 1985Inactive

 

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LTS (Lufttransport Sud)

1984 - 1988Renamed

LTU Sud was known as LTS (Lufttransport Sud) until 1988. The airline was founded by LTU International Airways in 1984 and merged into the parent airline in 1997

^ Genealogy - LTS (Lufttransport Sud) >LTU Sud International Airways >>LTU International Airways >>airberlin

LuftAG (Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf)

1953* - 1954Renamed

LuftAG (Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf was formed on 06Jan1953

^ Genealogy - >Lufthansa

Lufttaxi Osnabruck

1978* - 1979*Status?

 

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Lufttransport-Union

1956 - 1956Renamed

Lufttransport-Union was founded in Feb1955 & started operations on 15Mar1955. Renamed to LTU International Airways & cmmenced services on 02Mar1956

^ Genealogy - Lufttransport-Union >LTU International Airways >>airberlin

Luftverkehr Wilhelmshaven-Friesland Erich Passon

1978* - 1979*Status?

 

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NFD (Numberger Flugdienst)

1975* - 1994Renamed

NFD (Numberger Flugdienst) was founded in 1975. Eurowings was formed by the merger of NFD Luftverkehrs (founded 1975) and RFG Regionalflug (founded 1976) on 01Jan1994

^ Genealogy - NFD Luftverkehrs + RFG Regionalflug =>Eurowings

Nora Air Services

(1970s)Began?

 

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Nordseeflug Sylter Lufttransport

1966* - 1968Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - Atlantis

OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport)

1970 - 1974Renamed

Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT on 01Nov1958. First flew on17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on 01Oct1974

^ Genealogy - OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi >OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport) >DLT >Lufthansa CityLine

OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi

1959 - 1970Renamed

Lufthansa CityLine was formed as OLT in 1958 first flew on17Jun1959, became OLT (Ostfriesische Luftransport) in 1970 and to DLT on 01Oct1974

^ Genealogy - OLT Ostfriesische Lufttaxi >OLT (Ostfriesische Lufttransport) >DLT >Lufthansa CityLine

Panorama Flugdienst

1988* - 1988*Renamed

Panorama Flugdienst was founded in 1988

^ Genealogy - Panorama Flugdienst >Euro City Line

Pleuger Flugdienst

1978* - 1979*Status?

 

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Rheingau Air Service

1974* - 1979*Status?

 

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SAT Flug (Special Air Transport)

1978 - 1986Renamed

Germania was establihed in Apr1997 & operations started on 15Sep1978 as SAT Flug (Special Air Transport)

^ Genealogy - SAT Flug (Special Air Transport) >Germania

Süddeutsche Bedarfsflug

1952^ - 1952*Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - >Condor Flugdienst

Südflug International

1952* - 1968Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - >Condor Flugdienst

SudwestFlug (Sudwest Flug)

1965 - 1968Renamed

TUIfly was launced as SudwestFlug in 1965

^ Genealogy - SudwestFlug >Germanair + Bavaria Flug =>Bavaria-Germanair >>Hapag-Lloyd >Hapagfly + Hapag-Lloyd Express.=>TUIfly

Supair (Super International Airlines)

(1981*)Began?

 

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Tempelhof Airways USA

1981 - 1990Inactive

 

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TF Transportflug

1965* - 1970Renamed

 

^ Genealogy - TF Transportflug >Calair

Transport Flug (Transportflug)

1965 - 1970Inactive

 

^ Genealogy - Transport Flug

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