|Commenced operations||1 January 1994|
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Parent company||Lufthansa Group|
|Key people||Friedrich Wilhelm Weitholz (Chairman)|
Eurowings GmbH 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.
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. Independent flight operations came to end when Eurowings was acquired by Lufthansa.[when?]
Development since the 2000s
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. 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. Instead, Lufthansa announced in December 2008 to acquire Germanwings from Eurowings.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Eurowings serves the following destinations on behalf of Germanwings (as of March 2014):
|Birmingham||United Kingdom||BHX||EGBB||Birmingham Airport|
||To be replaced by A320s|
||12 to be transferred from Lufthansa, 10 additional orders from Airbus|
||to be operated by SunExpress Deutschland from 2015|
Over the years, Eurowings operated the following aircraft types:
||Withdrawn in 2003, reintroduced in 2015|
- "List of Air Carriers licenced by the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (current Operating Licences), Version: October 27, 2014". 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- Eurowings historic fleet list at airfleets.net
- "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Lufthansa AG. Page 176. Retrieved 2007-08-16. Check date values in:
- Announcement of TUI AG
- Eurowings to sell Germanwings stake to Lufthansa
- "Wings Set for Take-off". Airliner World: 5. February 2015.
- http://lufthansa.innosked.com/(S(ijth2o55qabbdu454lxxxf55))/Default.aspx?lang_id=en&country=uk Lufthansa Group Route Map
- Eurowings fleet list at airfleets.net
- Eurowings fleet age at airfleets.net
- Eurowings A320ceo order.
- D-CATS OLT Dornier 328-110 - cn 3009
Media related to Eurowings at Wikimedia Commons