Swiss charter carrier PrivatAir filed for insolvency Dec. 5, including its German subsidiary PrivatAir GmbH.

“Over the past few weeks, a number of events have had a significant impact on the companies’ future business forecast and viability, which forced the companies to file for insolvency,” the airline said in a statement on its website.

PrivatAir—which offered scheduled services, business aviation and training, as well as a ground services joint venture with Swissport called PrivatPort—was created in 1977. It employed 226 staff in Switzerland, Germany and Portugal.

The carrier also used the services of 65 crew members via an external contracting entity for Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Jeddah–Riyadh shuttle, operating two Airbus A319s in a 48-seat business-class configuration.

PrivatAir had previously operated wet-lease services on behalf of several carriers, including Swiss International Air Lines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Lufthansa, mostly with Boeing 737-700s.

For Lufthansa, it previously operated 737-700 services from Frankfurt to Nairobi (Kenya), as well as Frankfurt-Pune (India), configured in a 20-seat business- and 66-seat economy-class layout. A Lufthansa A319 now operates the Pune route with a stop in Baku, Azerbaijan.  

Over the years, PrivatAir has operated A319s, Boeing 767s, 757s and business jets—including BBJs.

Over the past four months, several European carriers have ceased operations, including Swiss regional SkyWork Airlines, Belgian carrier VLM Airlines, Lithuania-based leisure operator Small Planet Airlines, German leisure airline Azur Air and Cypriot airline Cobalt Air.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at