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Eurowings launches a new route from Munich to Las Vegas

Eurowings yesterday (April 16) launched a new route linking Munich with Las Vegas.

Photo: Eurowings.

Photo Below: LAS. The arrival in Las Vegas.


In March Lufthansa Group airlines increased capacity utilization to a new record level despite significantly increased services

  • Occupancy rate rises by 3.9 percentage points to 81.2 percent in March
  • Number of flights increases by 8.1% at the same time
  • Around 11.1 million passengers fly with Lufthansa Group Airlines , 15.7 percent more than a year earlier 
  • Currency adjusted yield indication stable
  • Lufthansa grows especially in Munich
  • Point-to-point airlines carry around a third more passengers

In March 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 11.1 million passengers. This shows an increase of 15.7% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 9% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 14.5%. The seat load factor increased by 3.9 percentage points compared to March 2017 to 81.2%. This is a new record which is partly also connected with the postponement of the Easter holidays from April to March. Capacity utilization also reached an all-time high of 77.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Around 28.6 million passengers flew with the airlines of the Lufthansa Group in the first three months of this year.

The currency adjusted yield indication remained stable in March compared to previous year.

Cargo capacity increased four percent year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 0.4% in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing 2.6 percentage points in the month to 71.3%.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, carried 8.2 million passengers in March, ten percent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.3% in March. The sales volume was up 10.4% over the same period, increasing seat load factor by 3.7 percentage points to 81.1%.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.7 million passengers in March, a 10.2% increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.8% increase in seat kilometers in March corresponds to a 9.2% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 81.5%, therefore 3.3 percentage points above the prior-year’s level. Lufthansa is growing above all at its Munich location. In March, 12.6% more passengers took off from the Bavarian 5-star hub than a year earlier. This means that growth in Munich was a third higher than in Frankfurt, where 9.2% more passengers flew than in the same month last year.

Point-to-Point Airlines

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWS (msn 7439) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941519.

The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 2.9 million passengers in March. Among this total, 2.7 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 260,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 35.4% in comparison to the previous year. March capacity was 30.6% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 39.1%, resulting in an increased seat load factor by five percentage points of 81.3%.

On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 34.8% and increased sales volume by 48.4%, resulting in a 7.3 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 79.3%, compared to March 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services increased by 1.6 percentage points to 85% during the same period, following a 23.5% increase in capacity and a 25.8% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWS (msn 7439) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941519.

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Eurowings to wet lease 8 Airbus A320s from LaudaMotion

Flying for Eurowings, still with titles on belly!

Eurowings is wet leasing up to eight Airbus A320s from upstart LaudaMotion (Vienna).

According to Reuters, Eurowings and Laudamotion have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the use of the aircraft initially until the end of May.

Copyright Photo: LaudaMotion Airbus A320-214 OE-LOF (msn 4329) (Airberlin colors) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941340.

Eurowings adds the first Airbus A340-300, operated by Brussels Airlines

Eurowings placed the first Airbus A340-300 into revenue service on March 20 from Dusseldorf, operated by Brussels Airlines. Flight EW 9778, operated with the pictured A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335), departed DUS bound for Vienna. OO-SCW is the first of three A340s to be operated by Brussels Airlines from the DUS base.

Photo: Eurowings.


New leadership at Brussels Airlines, will remain a Belgian entity

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 932416.

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

Eurowings and Brussels Airlines are shaping the European airline industry together. Brussels Airlines will remain a Belgian entity and Belgium’s home carrier and will continue to grow.

Key Points:

  • Christina Foerster appointed Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.
  • Thibault Demoulin appointed Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1.
  • Two new members of the Management Board will be appointed shortly
  • Lufthansa Group Executive Board member and CEO of Eurowings, Thorsten Dirks: “Brussels Airlines will continue to grow – the professionalism, expertise and passion of the Brussels Airlines staff are a vital part on our joint path to success.”
  • Following the appointment of the new leadership team, Bernard Gustin, present CEO of Brussels Airlines and Jan De Raeymaeker, CFO of the Belgian airline, will support the transition and will leave by March 31.
  • Thorsten Dirks: “Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker have made significant contributions to Brussels Airlines, leading the company successfully through growth and turbulent times – thanks to them Brussels Airlines is Belgium’s number one carrier today
The Brussels Airlines’ Board of Directors has appointed a new leadership team:

  • Christina Foerster will become new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brussels Airlines effective April 1
  • Thibault Demoulin will fulfill the function of Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1
  • Two new members of the management board will be appointed shortly

“I am very pleased that Christina Foerster has agreed to assume the position of CEO of Brussels Airlines – she is the first-ever female to head a Lufthansa Group airline”, said Thorsten Dirks, Lufthansa Group Executive Board member, CEO of Eurowings and also member of the Brussels Airlines Board of Directors. “We are convinced that the new team will further strengthen, together with the rest of the Brussels Airlines staff, the already successful cooperation between Brussels Airlines and Eurowings. Only together we will be able to shape the European airline industry and succeed in our sustainable growth plans. Brussels, as the European capital, continues to be a stronghold in our growth strategy.”

New CEO Christina Foerster is no stranger to Belgium and Brussels Airlines. Christina Foerster has been the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer for one and a half years and has been living in the Belgian capital since then. She has held various high-profile positions in the aviation industry prior to joining Brussels Airlines, among them General Manager Product Management Intercontinental, Vice President Network and Fleet Development and Senior Vice President Network, Group & Alliance Development at the Lufthansa Group.

Belgian Thibault Demoulin has been Brussels Airlines’ Senior Vice President Flight Operations and Deputy Accountable Manager for the past 12 years prior to being appointed as COO. He has an excellent track record in establishing safe, reliable and punctual operations at Brussels Airlines, which makes him the perfect fit as the carrier’s COO.

“In 2017, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings gradually started to lay the foundations for a common future, in which the strengths of both airlines will be combined, with the ambition to build a strong, sustainable and leading pan-European airline. Growing within the Eurowings Group as a Belgian entity will allow us to further build on our specificities, such as our Africa expertise and our distinguished Belgian touch. Together with Eurowings, we will further expand our long-haul reach out of Brussels and Dusseldorf, and in particular continue to fulfil our role as Belgium’s home carrier and important economic engine of our country,” emphasizes Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding.

As the CEO of Eurowings, Mr. Dirks points out that Brussels Airlines is already today a crucial cornerstone of the Eurowings Group which is striving to become a leading European airline. “With Brussels Airlines, we can count on a unique know-how of the African market and a long-standing expertise with long-haul operations. Right now our colleagues from Brussels Airlines are leading the process of successfully establishing long-haul operations at Dusseldorf, one of our most important platforms in Germany,” said Dirks. This strong new leadership team, together with the passion, and the expertise of the Brussels Airlines staff, is a vital part in realizing the future plans of the Eurowings Group – and not just that.

“The combined strengths of Brussels Airlines and Eurowings represent one of the three major strategic pillars of the success of the entire Lufthansa Group,” said Dirks. “This means that Brussels Airlines will continue to grow.”

Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding, and Thorsten Dirks wish to thank Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker for their years of dedicated service and excellent leadership at Brussels Airlines and wish both all the very best for their future endeavours.

“During 15 years, Bernard Gustin has made significant contributions to the company, leading Brussels Airlines successfully through growth and turbulent times,” said Davignon and Dirks. They point out that Bernard Gustin has put the Belgian carrier back on the European map. “It’s clearly his accomplishment that Brussels Airlines is the number one carrier in Belgium today despite aggressive low-cost competition which is continuously trying to grab market shares.”

In his five years as CFO of Brussels Airlines, Jan De Raeymaeker at the same time significantly contributed to the success of the company, said Dirks and Davignon. “Planning and executing the overall Brussels Airlines restructuring plan and strategically repositioning the company after Vueling, EasyJet and Ryanair entered the Belgian market is also Jan De Raeymaeker’s merit”.

Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker not only provided managerial expertise, Dirks said. “Both as a team managed to steer Brussels Airlines through the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport in March 2016. Thanks to professional crisis management and leadership skills, Brussels Airlines got out of the crisis even stronger than before and clearly positioned itself as a competitive, reliable and responsible airline.”

The African experience and route structure to Africa was the saving grace for Brussels Airlines. At this time, it is unclear if Brussels Airlines will continue to operate under its own brand or the Eurowings brand as a Belgian carrier.

Lufthansa received a lot of pressure from nearly 100 Belgian companies to keep Brussels Airlines based in Belgium and not to merge it with Eurowings according to Reuters. Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 932416.

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Eurowings to consolidate its long-haul operations at Düsseldorf

Eurowings Airbus A330-203 D-AXGD (msn 573) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937811.

Eurowings is consolidating its long-haul operations at Düsseldorf, a larger catchment area than the current Cologne/Bonn area. The company is attempting to fill the long-haul void left by the demise of Airberlin.

Eurowings started long-haul operations at DUS in November to Cancun, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Veradero. It will greatly expand operations at DUS.

The four Airbus A330-200s currently assigned to the Cologne/Bonn market will be moved to DUS for the winter 2018/2019 season.

Current long-range routes from CGN:

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A330-203 D-AXGD (msn 573) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937811.

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Eurowings adds its first Airbus A340-300

Eurowings has added its first Airbus A340-300 to its long-haul fleet. The pictured ex-Lufthansa Airbus A340-313 D-AIGY (msn 335) was in storage and was repainted and re-delivered to Frankfurt on January 13, 2018.

Photo: Eurowings.

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