Hapag LloydHapag Lloyd Airlines is a charter airline based in Germany. It is a part of the Hapag Lloyd empire, which also includes a cargo container company, cruises and contract builders.
Hapag Lloyd Airline's history dates back to 1847, when Hamburg businessmen got together and decided to create the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft company,(Hamburg-American Line) dedicated to ship trips across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1857, a competitor, North German Lloyd is formed, and also starts sending their ships across the Atlantic one year later.
Five decades of more competition between the two companies went by, until in 1968 they decided to merge, under the name of Hapag-Lloyd.
Hapag Lloyd Airlines actually finally came into the consortium's picture in 1972, when the conglomerate bought a few Boeing 727's to start a charter airline so that they could also fly their cruise passengers from Germany to the cruises' port of calls.