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Eurowings logo.png
Founded 1 February 1993 (1 February 1993)
Commenced operations 1 January 1994
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Fleet size 26
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany (Cologne, Germany from october 2015)
Key people F. W. Weitholz, Chairman

Eurowings GmbH[1] is a German low-cost airline based in Düsseldorf. It is a fully owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group and was part of Lufthansa Regional until October 2014 when it began operating on behalf of Germanwings exclusively to domestic and European destinations from several German airports. Its main bases are Düsseldorf Airport and Hamburg Airport.

As of March 2015, Eurowings is being redeveloped into a low-cost carrier for short- and long-haul flights and will also start to incorporate the route network currently operated under the Germanwings brand from October 2015.[2]


Early years[edit]

The airline was formed in 1 February 1993, following a merger of Nürnberger Flugdienst (NFD) and Reise- und Industrieflug (RFG), two commuter airlines based in Nürnberg and Dortmund, respectively. Flight operations using an initial fleet of ATR 42 and 72 aircraft inherited from Eurowing's predecessors were launched on 1 January 1994. Subsequently, BAe 146 aircraft were added to the fleet, which were later followed by larger Airbus A320 family aircraft and even an Airbus A310.[3] Independent flight operations came to an end when Eurowings was acquired by Lufthansa.[when?]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

A former Eurowings BAe 146-200

As at 31 December 2006, Lufthansa had a 49% shareholding in Eurowings with a call option for 50.91% of the remaining stakes, bringing the company into the Lufthansa Group fold.[4] At that time, Eurowings was the owner of Germanwings, thus creating a low-cost branch within the Lufthansa trust. Plans to merge these two airlines with TUIfly (controlled by TUI Travel) into a joint and independent holding company, were brought forth during 2008, but did not materialize.[5] Instead, Lufthansa announced in December 2008 to acquire Germanwings from Eurowings.[6]

In September 2010 Eurowings closed its headquarters and technical infrastructure in Dortmund, Germany, and moved both to Düsseldorf, where Eurowings operated most of its flights since the airline was part of Lufthansa Regional. In March 2011, the maintenance division at Nürnberg Airport was also closed.

In late 2013 Eurowings started to operate flights for sister airline Germanwings as short haul flights, that are not operated from Frankfurt or Munich, are transferred from Lufthansa to Germanwings.[7] All Eurowings flights operated on behalf of Lufthansa Regional ceased by autumn 2014 and were rebranded to Germanwings, the last ones to and from Düsseldorf.

Establishment of a new concept[edit]

In July 2014, the Lufthansa Group announced that Eurowings would transfer from its Bombardier CRJ fleet to an Airbus A320 fleet. Lufthansa also announced plans to transform Eurowings from a regional airline into a low-cost long and short-haul carrier by the end of 2015. Eurowings' current 23 CRJ900 aircraft will be replaced with 23 Airbus A320s, of which 10 are new orders and 13 will be transferred from Lufthansa Group orders, between February 2015 and March 2017.[8]

On 1 February 2015, Eurowings started operating Airbus A320-200 after taking delivery of its first airplane on 20 January which was handed over from Lufthansa and repainted into Eurowings' new livery. This and following A320s will be operated on behalf of Germanwings for most of 2015 until Lufthansa plans to consolidate its low-cost operations under the new Eurowings brand by end of the year.[2] Additionally, in February 2015, the Lufthansa Group announced that SunExpress Deutschland will be the operator of Eurowings' new long-haul operations which will be based at Cologne Bonn Airport from November 2015. SunExpress Deutschland therefore will receive leased Airbus A330-200s.[9]

Eurowings also announced to establish its first base outside of Germany at Vienna International Airport where the aircraft will be operated by Austrian Airlines under the Eurowings brand. Previous plans to establish the first base at Basel/Mulhouse have been cancelled.[10]

From October 2015, Eurowings will take over the first 55 routes previously operated under the Germanwings brand to its own, Eurowings branded network.[11] By April 2016, Eurowings will have taken over several more routes.[12]


Eurowings Bombardier CRJ900 wearing the adapted Lufthansa Regional livery, which is still used while operating for Germanwings

As of April 2015, Eurowings serves several domestic and European destinations on behalf of Germanwings using the Germanwings brand. In October 2015, Eurowings also will take over several destinations now served on behalf of Germanwings.[13]

[Hub] Main hubs
[F] Future destination
[S] Seasonal
[T] Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Remark
Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands AMS EHAM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Bangkok Thailand Thailand DMK VTBD Don Mueang International Airport begins 20 December 2015
Barcelona Spain Spain BCN LEBL Barcelona-El Prat Airport begins 27 March 2016
Bari Italy Italy BRI LIBD Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Switzerland Switzerland
France France
Germany Germany
LFSB EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg
Berlin Germany Germany TXL EDDT Berlin Tegel Airport begins 25 October 2015
Bilbao Spain Spain BIO LEBB Bilbao Airport begins 25 October 2015
Birmingham United Kingdom United Kingdom BHX EGBB Birmingham Airport
Brussels Belgium Belgium BRU EBBR Brussels Airport
Bucharest Romania Romania OTP LROP Henri Coandă International Airport
Budapest Hungary Hungary BUD LHBP Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Cagliari Italy Italy CAG LIEE Cagliari Elmas Airport
Catania Italy Italy CTA LICC Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Cologne/Bonn Germany Germany CGN EDDK Cologne Bonn Airport Long-haul base from November 2015
Dresden Germany Germany DRS EDDC Dresden Airport
Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport begins 19 December 2015
Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland DUB EIDW Dublin Airport
Dubrovnik Croatia Croatia DBV LDDU Dubrovnik Airport
Düsseldorf Germany Germany DUS EDDL Düsseldorf Airport
Geneva Switzerland Switzerland GVA LSGG Geneva Airport
Glasgow United Kingdom United Kingdom GLA EGPF Glasgow Airport
Gothenburg Sweden Sweden GOT ESGG Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Hamburg Germany Germany HAM EDDH Hamburg Airport
Heringsdorf Germany Germany HDF EDAH Heringsdorf Airport
Jersey United Kingdom United Kingdom JER EGJJ Jersey Airport begins 23 May 2015
Germany Germany FKB EDSB Baden Airpark
Katowice Poland Poland KTW EPKT Katowice International Airport
Klagenfurt Austria Austria KLU LOWK Klagenfurt Airport begins 27 March 2016
Lamezia Terme Italy Italy SUF LICA Lamezia Terme International Airport
Leipzig Germany Germany LEJ EDDP Leipzig/Halle Airport
London United Kingdom United Kingdom LHR EGLL London Heathrow Airport
London United Kingdom United Kingdom STN EGSS London Stansted Airport begins 25 October 2015
Lyon France France LYS LFLL Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Madrid Spain Spain MAD LEMD Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Manchester United Kingdom United Kingdom MAN EGCC Manchester Airport
Milan Italy Italy MXP LIMC Malpensa Airport begins 25 October 2015
Montpellier France France MPL LFMT Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport
Naples Italy Italy NAP LIRN Naples International Airport
Newcastle United Kingdom United Kingdom NCL EGNT Newcastle Airport
Newquay United Kingdom United Kingdom NQY EGHQ Newquay Cornwall Airport
Nice France France NCE LFMN Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
Nuremberg Germany Germany NUE EDDN Nuremberg Airport
Olbia Italy Italy OLB LIEO Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Oslo Norway Norway OSL ENGM Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Paris France France CDG LFPG Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Phuket Thailand Thailand HKT VTSP Phuket International Airport begins 18 December 2015
Poznań Poland Poland POZ EPPO Poznań-Ławica Airport
Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic PRG LKPR Prague Ruzyne Airport
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Dominican Republic POP MDPP Gregorio Luperón International Airport begins 7 November 2015
Pula Croatia Croatia PUY LDPL Pula Airport
Punta Cana Dominican Republic Dominican Republic PUJ MDPC Punta Cana International Airport begins 7 November 2015
Rome Italy Italy FCO LIRF Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport begins 25 October 2015
Stockholm Sweden Sweden ARN ESSA Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Stuttgart Germany Germany STR EDDS Stuttgart Airport begins 25 October 2015
Toulouse France France TLS LFBO Toulouse–Blagnac Airport
Valencia Spain Spain VLC LEVC Valencia Airport
Varadero Cuba Cuba VRA MUVR Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport begins 2 November 2015
Venice Italy Italy VCE LIPZ Venice Marco Polo Airport
Verona Italy Italy VRN LIPX Verona Villafranca Airport
Vienna Austria Austria VIE LOWW Vienna International Airport begins 25 October 2015
Warsaw Poland Poland WAW EPWA Warsaw Chopin Airport
Wroclaw Poland Poland WRO EPWR Copernicus Airport Wroclaw
Zadar Croatia Croatia ZAD LDZD Zadar Airport
Zürich Switzerland Switzerland ZRH LSZH Zürich Airport begins 25 October 2015


Eurowings Airbus A320-200 bearing the new livery (2015)

As of April 2015, the Eurowings fleet consists of the following aircraft:[14]

Eurowings fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ900
to be transferred to Lufthansa CityLine[15] and replaced by Airbus A320-200s
Airbus A320-200
8 to be transferred from Lufthansa (2015-2016), 6 to be delivered pre-owned (2016)[16] and 10 new from Airbus (2016-2017)[17]
Airbus A330-200
to be operated by SunExpress Deutschland from October 2015[18][19]
Boeing 767-300ER
to be wet-leased from the TUI Group from October 2015[19]
Total 26 27

Fleet development[edit]

Over the years, Eurowings operated the following aircraft types:[3]

A former Eurowings ATR 72-500
Eurowings' historic fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A310
Airbus A319-100
Airbus A320-200
withdrawn in 2003, reintroduced in 2015
ATR 42
ATR 72
Boeing 737-300
BAe 146
Bombardier CRJ200
Bombardier CRJ700
Bombardier CRJ900
Dornier 328[20]


External links[edit]

Media related to Eurowings at Wikimedia Commons