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Eurowings logo.png
Founded 1993 (1993)
Commenced operations 1 January 1994
Hubs Düsseldorf Airport
Stuttgart Airport
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 23
Destinations 48
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people Friedrich Wilhelm Weitholz (Chairman)

Eurowings GmbH[1] is a German regional airline based in Düsseldorf. It is owned by Lufthansa and was part of Lufthansa Regional until October 2014 when it began operating on behalf of Germanwings exclusively.


Early years[edit]

The airline was formed in 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 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.

In July 2014, Lufthansa announced that Eurowings would transfer from its CRJ fleet to an Airbus A320 fleet of up to 23 frames. Eurowings is to open its first base outside of Germany, in Basel, in spring 2015.[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.

Lufthansa plan to transform Eurowings from a regional airline to a low-cost long and short-haul airline by the end of 2015. Eurowings 23 CRJ900 aircraft will be replaced with 23 Airbus A320s (10 new and 13 transferred from Lufthansa Group orders) between February 2015 and March 2017. Eurowings will also lease up to 7 Airbus A330-200 aircraft for intercontinental routes.[9]


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):[10]

      Seasonal destination
      Future destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands AMS EHAM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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
Poznań Poland Poland POZ EPPO Poznań-Ławica 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


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

As of February 2015, the Eurowings fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 4.1 years:[11][12][13]

Eurowings fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ900
To be replaced by A320s
Airbus A320
12 to be transferred from Lufthansa, 10 additional orders from Airbus
Airbus A330-200
to be operated by SunExpress Deutschland from 2015[15]
Total 23 24

Fleet development[edit]

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

Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A310
Airbus A319
Airbus A320
Withdrawn in 2003, reintroduced in 2015
ATR 42
ATR 72
Boeing 737-300
BAe 146
Bombardier CRJ200
Bombardier CRJ700
Bombardier CRJ900
Dornier 328[16]


External links[edit]

Media related to Eurowings at Wikimedia Commons