Lufthansa Group’s new Eurowings low-cost carrier has operated its maiden flight.
On Sunday, February 1, 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.
The aircraft, which is configured to carry 162 passengers, is the first Airbus A320 in the Eurowings fleet. Additional Airbus A320s are due to enter Eurowings service in the coming weeks.
These new Airbus A320s, which are from Lufthansa’a existing orderbook with Airbus, will replace 23 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Eurowings service.
Until now, Eurowings has operated an all-CRJ900 fleet, flying the regional jets on behalf of Lufthansa Group’s Germanwings subsidiary.
Lufthansa Group has used Germanwings, which was planned to operate up to 87 aircraft (most of them Airbus A319s and A320s), to take over all of Lufthansa’s short- and medium-haul flying from German cities other than its two hubs, Frankfurt and Munich.
By renewing the Eurowings fleet with Airbus A320s in the new branding, an important milestone has been reached in the implementation of Lufthansa Group’s ‘Wings’ concept, according to the company.
Lufthansa Group said the range of services geared towards leisure travel under the Eurowings brand will give the group access to potential new customers.
Eurowings will also help Lufthansa Group safeguard its leading position in point-to-point connections in its German, Austrian, Swiss and Belgian home markets in the long term, the company said.
Initially, Eurowings will continue to operate its flights on behalf of Germanwings, with Germanwings flight numbers.
However, by the end of 2015, Lufthansa Group will unite Eurowings and Germanwings, along with “other European airlines”, under the Eurowings brand name and should acquire new customers by offering quality low-cost short- and long-haul services, according to the group.
One of the other European airlines is to be a new low-cost, long-haul carrier which will begin services to leisure destinations from German cities this autumn with a fleet initially growing to seven leased Airbus A330-200 widebodies.