Eurowings

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Eurowings
Eurowings logo.png
IATA
EW
ICAO
EWG
Callsign
EUROWINGS
Founded 1 February 1993 (1 February 1993)
Commenced operations 1 January 1994
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Fleet size 23
Destinations 48
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people Friedrich Wilhelm Weitholz (Chairman)
Website eurowings.com

Eurowings GmbH[1] is a German regional airline based in Düsseldorf. It is part of the Lufthansa Group and was part of Lufthansa Regional until October 2014 when it began operating on behalf of Germanwings exclusively. As of March 2015, it is currently redeveloped into a low-cost short- and long-haul carrier.

History[edit]

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.[2] Independent flight operations came to an end when Eurowings was acquired by Lufthansa.[when?]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] Instead, Lufthansa announced in December 2008 to acquire Germanwings from Eurowings.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

On 1 February 2015, Eurowings started operating Airbus A320-200 after taking delivery of its first airplane on 20 January[8] 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.

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]

Destinations[edit]

A Eurowings Bombardier CRJ900 taxiing at Berlin Tegel Airport (2010).
A Eurowings BAe 146-300 landing at Bristol International Airport, England (2008).
A BAe 146-200 landing at London Heathrow Airport, featuring the now discontinued Eurowings livery (2006).

Eurowings serves the following destinations on behalf of Lufthansa Regional (as of December 2012):[11]

      Hub
      Seasonal destination
      Future destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands AMS EHAM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Bangkok Thailand Thailand DMK VTBD Don Mueang International Airport (begins 20 December 2015)
Berlin Germany Germany TXL EDDT Berlin Tegel Airport
Birmingham United Kingdom United Kingdom BHX EGBB Birmingham Airport
Cardiff United Kingdom United Kingdom CWL EGFF Cardiff Airport
Cologne Germany Germany CGN EDDK Cologne/Bonn Airport long-haul hub 11/2015
Knock Republic of Ireland Ireland NOC EIKN Ireland West Airport Knock
Düsseldorf Germany Germany DUS EDDL Düsseldorf Airport
Geneva Switzerland Switzerland GVA LSGG Geneva Airport
Glasgow United Kingdom United Kingdom GLA EGPF Glasgow Airport
Hamburg Germany Germany HAM EDDH Hamburg Airport
Leipzig Germany Germany LEJ EDDP Leipzig/Halle Airport
London United Kingdom United Kingdom LHR EGLL London Heathrow Airport
Lyon France France LYS LFLL Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Manchester United Kingdom United Kingdom MAN EGCC Manchester Airport
Milan Italy Italy MXP LIMC Malpensa Airport
Newcastle United Kingdom United Kingdom NCL EGNT Newcastle Airport
Nuremberg Germany Germany NUE EDDN Nuremberg 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 19 December 2015)
Poznań Poland Poland POZ EPPO Poznań-Ławica Airport
Punta Cana Dominican Republic Dominican Republic PUJ EPPO Punta Cana Airport
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Dominican Republic POP MDPP Gregorio Luperon Airport
Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic PRG LKPR Prague Ruzyne Airport
Rijeka Croatia Croatia RJK LDRI Rijeka Airport (begins 8 July 2014)
Sofia Bulgaria Bulgaria SOF LBSF Sofia Airport
Stuttgart Germany Germany STR EDDS Stuttgart Airport
Turin Italy Italy TRN LIMF Turin Caselle Airport
Vienna Austria Austria VIE LOWW Vienna International Airport
Westerland Germany Germany GWT EDXM Sylt Airport
Wroclaw Poland Poland WRO EPWR Copernicus Airport Wroclaw
Stockholm Sweden Sweden ARN ESSA Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Eurowings serves the following destinations on behalf of Germanwings (as of March 2014):

City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Brussels Belgium Belgium BRU EBBR Brussels Airport
Birmingham United Kingdom United Kingdom BHX EGBB Birmingham Airport
Hamburg Germany Germany HAM EDDH Hamburg Airport
Karlsruhe Germany Germany FKB EDSB Baden Airpark

Fleet[edit]

Eurowings first new Airbus A320-200 bearing its new livery (2015)

As of February 2015, the Eurowings fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12][13]

Eurowings fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ900
20
90
To be replaced by A320s
Airbus A320-200
3[14]
26
162
10 to be transferred from Lufthansa (2015-2016), 6 more pre-owned (starting 2016)[15]
and 10 new from Airbus (5 in 2016 and 2017 each)
Airbus A330-200
2
310
To be operated by SunExpress Deutschland from 2015[16][17]
Boeing 767-300ER
1
267
To be wet-leased from TUI Group[17]
Total 23 29

Fleet development[edit]

Over the years, Eurowings operated the following aircraft types:[2]

Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A310
1994
1995
Airbus A319
1997
2002
Airbus A320
2002
Withdrawn in 2003, reintroduced in 2015
ATR 42
1994
2005
ATR 72
1994
2006
Boeing 737-300
2001
2003
BAe 146
1994
2010
Bombardier CRJ200
2001
2011
Bombardier CRJ700
2007
2011
Bombardier CRJ900
2009
Dornier 328[18]
1997
1998

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Eurowings at Wikimedia Commons