Bankrupt: Lufthansa Partner PrivateAir


It started with a Swiss court in October to declare bankrupcy proceeding against PrivateAIr after a vendor asked the court. PrivateAir responded it was a mistake and managed to operate for another month and a half. Today on December 5, PrivateAir asked a Swiss Court to continue bankruptcy proceedings.

PrivateAir, is a Swiss airline headquartered in Meyrin.

Lufthansa and other Star Alliance Airlines were among PrivateAir’s largest clients.  PrivateAir used to operate an all business class flight for Lufthansa from Duesseldorf to Newark between 2002 to 2008. For this purpose PrivateAir GmbH with a Duesseldorf Headquarter was created. The company was responsible for all maintenance of the group airplanes. In addition, the company added three Boeing business jets

Aside from private and corporate charter services, PrivatAir also operates its aircraft on behalf of different international airlines on a long-term basis for scheduled flights.

From 2003 to 2008, PrivatAir carried out charter traffic for Airbus between the plants in Hamburg-Finkenwerder and Toulouse. This was subsequently taken over by OLT Express Germany. PrivatAir also operated a variety of other regularly scheduled flights on behalf major airlines such as Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Pune and Nairobi and Saudia between Jeddah and Riyadh.

In April 2015, Lufthansa announced it would reduce their involvement with PrivatAir with the route from Frankfurt to Dammam to be shut down by the end of October 2015.[

Between March 2016 and October 2017, PrivatAir operated a Boeing 737 on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines between Copenhagen and Boston.

As of 2017, PrivatAir also operated on selected routes for companies such as TUI fly Deutschland and Eurowings on leisure routes from Germany after the collapse of Air Berlin. In July 2018, Lufthansa announced to suspend its route between Frankfurt and Pune, India which had been served by PrivatAir for several years. The route resumed in autumn 2018, however, operated by Lufthansa’s own aircraft.

In addition, the company operated crew and pilot training facilities. PrivatAir SA is a registered air carrier with two air operator’s certificates in Switzerland and through its subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH in Germany. 


Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.