After several airlines like Small Planet Airlines, Monarch Airlines and Azur Air Germany ceased operations in 2018, another next big airline has serious problems.

German carrier Germania, based in Berlin and mainly known for operating flights to holiday destinations like the Canary Islands, is struggling to pay off its debts. 2018 was an expensive year for airlines due in part to the increased price of kerosene and massive delays during the summer season, but Germania had a number of additional problems, like a significant number of defficient airplanes.

Germania had to pay €20 million at the end of last year to stay in service.

Now, Germania is relying on investors to stay open. At the moment, Germania’s management is considering multiple options, including turning to more private investors and selling the whole airline. If Germania does include private investors, it will have to change its structure, as its current model, which is not very profitable, may not be appealing to investors.  The following days and weeks will be interesting as Germania’s situation grows more complicated.

At the time of writing, Germania will continue to fly its services. Flyers will not be keen to say goodbye to the airline, as Germania offers a high quality product that includes free newspapers, free snacks and drinks, and, on most planes, an on-board entertainment system with overhead screens.

One of Germania’s biggest issues could be its mixed fleet. It operates a fleet of 35 aircraft: 21 Airbus A319s, 1 Airbus A320, 7 Airbus A321s, and 6 Boeing 737-700s. It has ordered 25 Airbus A320neos to expand its fleet.

Since Germania operates both the A320 family and the 737, it has to hire mechanics, pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff for two different types of planes, which complicates training, increases staff costs, and raisies maitanence charges.