Germanwings CEO, Thomas Winkelmann, stated the LCC is currently in talks with Condor regarding a similar agreement to the carrier’s new booking partnership with bmibaby (Abtn.co.uk, 28-Oct-2009). Mr Winkelmann stated the main aim of teaming-up with other smaller European carrier is to “create new low cost ways of distributing tickets”, while avoiding the complexity of codeshare partnership.
Germanwings: "We have completely different networks out of Germany. Our top target group is business travellers, like on the Manchester and Stansted routes, so why not link with Condor? If somebody flies to Palma on Germanwings one way and with Condor on the way back, why not, it keeps things simple. It allows both airlines to keep distribution costs down…We do the same with Clickair, the Iberia subsidiary [which has recently merged with Vueling]. It's basically a low cost method of distribution. It's nothing more than linking websites. If you're a customer on bmi's website and looking to fly out of Manchester, all of a sudden Cologne appears as a destination,” Thomas Winkelmann, CEO. Source: Abtn.co.uk, 28-Oct-2009.