New Eurowings announces first longhaul destinations
With the official sales launch at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, short and long-haul routes can now be booked with new Eurowings to fly from 25 October 2015 onwards. Eurowings intercontinental flights depart from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The cheapest tickets on the long-haul routes are already on offer from EUR 99.99 per route. The first flights will take off to the Caribbean, Dubai and Thailand.
The new Eurowings is building on the successful Germanwings concept, which is positioned as an innovative quality low-cost airline and “low-cost” brand in Germany and Europe. Based on this, the product portfolio is to expand this successful concept in the segment of point-to-point connections on continental and intercontinental routes. Under the umbrella of the Eurowings sales brand, the range of European and domestic routes will be expanded with intercontinental city and holiday destinations. From the winter flight plan 2015/16 onwards, the new route network will include Dubai, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as the Caribbean destinations of Varadero and Punta Cana.
The new Eurowings intercontinental connections will be flown by long-haul route aircraft of type Airbus A330-200. From the coming winter season onwards, the fleet will initially consist of two aircraft and will be expanded to a total of seven Airbus A330s. SunExpress Deutschland, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will operate the long-haul route aircraft on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel. Vienna has now been chosen as the first definite location outside of Germany as a new Eurowings base. Initially – also from winter 2015/2016 – two Airbus A320s will be put into operation on European routes in the first step of the expansion.
On routes within Germany and on routes throughout Europe, the existing Eurowings fleet will gradually be replaced from the beginning of 2015 by aircraft in the new Eurowings livery. The 23 CRJ 900s operated until now will also be replaced by Airbus A320s. The first A320 in new livery flew on 1 February 2015 from Hamburg to Prague. More aircraft in the new colours will come in the following weeks.