Germania is still a relatively small airline but will soon be growing fairly large. The carrier already does most maintenance in-house and plans to stick with that approach as it grows.
Germania operates 27 aircraft now, including Boeing 737-700s, Airbus 319s and 321s. Its maintenance unit, Germania Technik Brandenburg (GTB), is certified by EASA and based at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.
GTB does all the airline’s line and base airframe maintenance. The unit has its own hangars in Berlin, Bremen and Erfurt. Germania outsources work on engines, auxiliary power units and landing gear.
Germania has ordered 25 A320neos, with options on further 15 A320neos. If the options are exercised, the carrier will almost triple in size. The delivery of the first A320neos will start in 2020. Germania plans to adapt its own maintenance capacity for the growing fleet. It is already providing line maintenance for other airlines clients.
Germania’s network is far-flung, including new services to Maastricht, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Palma de Mallorca, Zurich and 11 destinations in Turkey. But the carrier operates from more than ten de-centralized airports, so-called secondary hubs, in Germany. Because maintenance can be bundled at its hubs, GBT can organize technical tasks to fit with its flight program during its peak season. “With in-house maintenance hubs we can tailor services to our needs and reduce costs,” a company official says. “GTB always adapts immediately to the needs of the airline. The company can therefore provide services, if needed, at destinations, where maintenance support is usually not available.”
Parent Germania Group is also increasing its presence in the wet-lease business. During the summer of 2017, the Group offered an A319 with Bulgarian registration on wet-lease services to its European airline partners.
A fleet that will grow significantly and an active wet-leasing business appears to justify Germania’s in-house style of maintenance, even if its current fleet is small.