German regional start-up carrier Lübeck Airways plans to begin flight operations with a leased Embraer 170 in November.
The airline was formally established on 30 November - one day after Lübeck's municipal administration privatised the Hanseatic city's lossmaking airport.
The regional gateway - located approximately 50km (30mi) northeast of the region's main hub in Hamburg - has been transferred to Egyptian-German operating company Yasmina Flughafenmanagement, which is backed by Saudi Arabian investors.
Michael Hövel, Lübeck Airways' managing director, has plans to operate up to three Embraer 170s over the coming years. But the first step will be to start operations with a single regional jet for the winter 2013/14 schedule in November.
There is no timescale for the deployment of additional aircraft, he says, as any expansion moves will depend on the carrier's initial performance. No aircraft leasing arrangements have yet been made.
Hövel declines to provide passenger number and revenue targets at this point.
The first route is to be established between Lübeck and Düsseldorf. But other routes are being evaluated.
Munich would be an attractive destination due to its hub function, he says. However, high costs at Germany's second largest airport could be an obstacle for the start-up carrier.
Hövel says that the majority of Lübeck airport's traffic will be passengers coming from other locations - with a clear emphasis on tourists - while local customers will more likely use Hamburg airport for their travels.
Lübeck Airways's business will therefore depend on operating to airports with a large number of connecting flights, through which it could gain travellers to the north German city, says Hövel.
Despite the demise of a number of regional airlines in recent years - OLT Express Germany became the latest casualty on 27 January - Hövel is confident that the start-up carrier will be successful with its focus on inbound traffic.
Hövel runs aviation consultancy firm InAvia together with Thomas Stünkel.