|Regular, efficient service and air stewardeSSes in boots|
German airline specializing in flying German citizens to locations around Europe.
Initially found success in 1936 with regular flights of sun worshipping aircrews to, in and around Spain. Gained Spanish government seal of approval in 1939... pretty much as soon as they had helped the Spanish Government into that position in fact.
Six months after the great success in Spain, the Luftwaffe expanded its feeder routes from Germany to Poland delivering many thousands of passengers and hundreds of tonnes of cargo.
The next bold expansion planned by the 'waffe's CEO was into France in May 1940. Regular flights from Germany into France were particularity effective with many new recreational functions added i.e. parachuting and glider flights in the low countries as well as exciting low level interaction with British holidaymakers in France up till May/June of 1940. After June there was a major movement into France to set up new hubs along the English Channel with the aim of expanding the service into England.
|Tourist excursions to London were initially expected to be profitable (from the official brochure)|
Competition with the British RAF was fierce during 1940 and in '41 resulting in some protectionism from the British. Under modern EU free trade rules Britain would now find itself in breach of EU law and punished as it would from preventing German defence industry workers from moving across the channel and plying their trade in England.
Stymied in western Europe, the Luftwaffe moved in on the vast and immensely profitable Russian routes but this proved to be its undoing especially after it failed to supply Stalingrad as promised and found itself to be in breach of contract.
Although there were some interesting routes in the Mediterranean and over the Atlantic and even North Africa, time was running out. The national US carrier combined routes with the RAF and proceeded to make serious dents in the internal routes to major German cities especially Dresden and Hamburg.
After it overextended itself, the Luftwaffe's creditors called in its debts in 1944. With the US and Britain's long haul fleet now fully in control, the smaller Luftwaffe could not compete and subsidiary after subsidiary were the victims of hostile takeovers. Unable to recapitalize and flying an increasingly uneconomic fleet, it shut up shop in 1945. This resulted in many thousands of unemployed air and ground crew allowing the British, American and Russians to carve up the business.
Re-equipped in the 1950's with the help of American aircraft and training, the modern Luftwaffe is primarily limited to internal feeder routes within Germany. When it does venture to other countries i.e. Afghanistan, it only flies during the day and usually each flight will lack the most basic of on board consumables that a more rounded airline like the RAF or USAF carry as standard and deliver to their customers with gusto.