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Eurowings logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1 February 1993 (1 February 1993)
Commenced operations 1 January 1994
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Fleet size 23
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people F. W. Weitholz, Chairman

Eurowings is a German low-cost airline based in Düsseldorf and a fully owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group. Its main bases are Düsseldorf Airport and Hamburg Airport.

Eurowings 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. 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.[1]


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]

A former Eurowings BAe 146-200

As of 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' short-haul flights that are not operated from Frankfurt or Munich were 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.

New direction[edit]

In July 2014, the Lufthansa Group announced that Eurowings will replace its 23 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft with 23 Airbus A320s. Ten of the A320s will be new orders and 13 will be transferred from Lufthansa Group orders, between February 2015 and March 2017. Lufthansa also announced Eurowings' transformation from a regional airline into a low-cost long and short-haul carrier by the end of 2015.[7]

On 1 February 2015, Eurowings started operating the Airbus A320-200, after taking delivery of its first on 20 January, which was received from Lufthansa and repainted in Eurowings' new livery. This and further A320s will be operated on behalf of Germanwings for most of 2015 until Lufthansa consolidates its low-cost operations under the new Eurowings brand by end of the year.[1] 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.[8]

Eurowings also announced the establishment of its first base outside of Germany at Vienna International Airport where the aircraft were planned be operated by Austrian Airlines under the Eurowings brand. Previous plans to establish the first foreign base at Basel/Mulhouse have been cancelled.[9] In June 2015, the Lufthansa Group announced the application for an additional Air operator's certificate (AOC) for Eurowings in Austria called Eurowings Europe under which all new Airbus A320-200s will be operated while the "current" German Eurowings will continue to operate the existing fleet. This will be done due to the lower operational costs based on the Austrian Airlines union agreements.[10]

On 2 October 2015, Lufthansa announced a change of plans for their Vienna operations. Austrian Airlines will not operate some routes for the Eurowings brand as planned, instead aforementioned Eurowings Europe will handle all these flights by themselves.[11]

In October 2015, Eurowings will take over 55 Germanwings routes.[12] By April 2016, Eurowings will take over several more routes.[13]



Current fleet[edit]

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
Airbus A320-200
6 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]
Boeing 767-300ER
to be wet-leased from the TUI Group from October 2015[19]
Total 24 24

Fleet development[edit]

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

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


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  10. ^ - Alle neuen Eurowings-Maschinen sollen mit österreichischer Lizenz fliegen (German)
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  12. ^ "germanwings Moves 55 Routes to Eurowings from late-Oct 2015". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "germanwings / Eurowings Route Transfers in April 2016". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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  15. ^ "AERO International und aeroscope – das Online-Portal der Zivilluftfahrt - Austrian Airlines startet Mittelstrecken-Umflottung noch heuer". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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  17. ^ "Lufthansa Group orders 10 A320ceo aircraft for Eurowings". airbus. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  18. ^ COMKOM° GmbH, Germany. "Eurowings - Themen - Lufthansa Group". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  19. ^ " - Luftfahrt-Nachrichten und -Community". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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External links[edit]

Media related to Eurowings at Wikimedia Commons