As the Lufthansa pilots are striking today, the airline’s advisory board made a decision yesterday to launch (or actually resurrect) Eurowings for short and long-haul flying.
Lufthansa bought Germanwings from Eurowings back in 2008. Later, the Eurowings started to operate flights for Germanwings that now handles Luftansa’s European flying that doesn’t touch Frankfurt or Munich.
You can access Financial Times article about this decision here.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
This involves equipping Lufthansa’s little-known Eurowings subsidiary with 23 Airbus A320 aircraft by 2017, which will operate on direct services in Europe. In addition the company will start a low-cost intercontinental services in conjunction with SunExpress, its joint-venture with Turkish Airlines. The two parties have signed a letter of intent.
The Eurowings long-haul service will initially be equipped with three leased 310-seat Airbus A330 aircraft and serve Florida, southern Africa and destinations in the Indian Ocean. The long-haul fleet could be expanded to seven aircraft, management said.
This is getting really confusing. SunExpress that is a joint-venture with Turkish Airlines will operate intercontinental flying under the Germanwings brand.
I thought that the Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines didn’t get along too well considering the Miles&More lashings of earning miles on TK operated flights?
According to the Financial times, the operating costs for the Germanwings are 20% lower than Lufthansa’s and Eurowings’ are 20% lower than Germanwings.