Austrian Airlines’ supervisory board has approved the purchase of 17 Embraer 195s from sister Lufthansa Group company Lufthansa CityLine, to replace 15 aging Fokker 100s and seven Fokker 70s Austrian now has in service.

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On Sunday, 1 February 2015, an Airbus A320 registered D-AIZQ and painted in the new Eurowings livery departed Hamburg at 10:55 a.m. and flew to Prague, where it was expected to land at 12:00 noon.

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With the transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route this week, Lufthansa Group has completed transferring all of Lufthansa’s short-haul, non-hub routes within Germany and Europe from the mainline Lufthansa operation to Germanwings, the group’s lower-cost subsidiary.

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As part of the go-ahead decision, Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved the lease of up to seven Airbus A330-200 widebodies for the new low-cost operation’s intercontinental routes. The operation will also operate up to 23 Airbus A320 single-aisle jets.

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Lufthansa German Airlines expects to put forward to its supervisory board in December a business plan to create a non-Lufthansa-branded, long-haul, low-cost carrier which would operate a fleet of leased Airbus A330-200s, each configured to seat approximately 300 passengers.

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Swiss International Air Lines will replace its existing A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft and has secured commitments on 10 more. Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has also approved an order for 10 Airbus A320ceo jets for group subsidiary Eurowings.

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