Formerly known as Germanwings, the Lufthansa Group subsidiary will operate Airbus A330-200s to North America starting in May 2016 with service to three leisure US cities.
While its parent Lufthansa is based out of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Munich Airport (MUC), Eurowings will establish its international hub at Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN). SunExpress Deutschland, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will operate the long-haul route aircrafts on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel.
North American Operation – US Service
The first three North American with Eurowings service are slated for Boston Logan International Airport, McCarran International Airport and Miami International Airport.
The airline will operate the new routes with an Airbus A330-200 configured with three classes:
- 21x business (including USB and AC Power Ports)
- 46x economy (with between 1-3 in (2.5-7.5 cm) extra pitch) (including one USB port)
- 243x economy) and a total of 310 seats (including one USB port)
Inflight Entertainment / Connectivity
All seats will feature inflight entertainment systems (HD screens behind seatbacks or in armrests). Entertainment options will only be available through dedicated streaming applications.
In addition to AC Power or USB power ports, all Airbus A330-200s will have WiFi connectivity available (at a cost).
Fare Structure – Long Haul
Fares will be separated into three main buckets (BASIC, SMART and BEST)
From May 1, the airline will fly three-times weekly to Miami, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Outbound service EW182/LH5402 will depart Cologne at 1140 and arrive in Miami at 1610. Return leg EW183/LH5403 will leave Miami at 1755 and land in Cologne at 0915 the next day.
From May 4, Eurowings will commence a three-times weekly service to Boston, operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Outbound service EW186/LH5404 will depart Cologne at 1340 and arrive in Boston at 1545. Return leg EW187/LH5405 will leave Boston at 1730 and land in Cologne at 0655 the next day.
Also from May 4, the carrier will fly twice-weekly to Las Vegas, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Outbound service EW174/LH5332 will depart Cologne at 1115 and arrive in Las Vegas at 1400. Return leg EW175/LH5333 will leave Boston at 1545 and land in Cologne at 1130 the next day.
Lufthansa’s Eurowings will take flight to North America in May 2016. We will examine how this airline compares with mainline and other lower cost carriers offering long haul service in a future post.