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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During February and March, Lufthansa is taking delivery of three Boeing 747-8Is, one Airbus A380, one A330-300 ‒ the last of 19 on order ‒ and two A320s. Overall, Lufthansa Group expects to receive 23 new commercial aircraft this year.

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Dr. Christoph Franz, Lufthansa Group’s executive board chairman and CEO, says the SCORE restructuring program the group’s supervisory board launched in 2012 “is on course, despite massive headwinds: We are very confident we will achieve our targets.”

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A United Airlines service from Chicago landing early on the morning of June 4 will be the first flight to use London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. United Airlines will be alone for two weeks as the first user of the new Terminal 2 main building.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 40 Airbus aircraft and eight Embraer 195s, with the Airbus aircraft destined for Lufthansa, group subsidiary airlines Swiss International Air Lines and Germanwings and the Embraer 195s to go to Lufthansa Regional.

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