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Eurowings puts its first Airbus A320neo into service

Eurowings on May 26 officially put its first Airbus A320neo into scheduled service.

At 6:35 a.m. local time, the aircraft with the registration D-AENA took off for its first commercial flight under flight number EW9584, carrying 180 passengers from Düsseldorf to Palma de Mallorca.

The A320neo aircraft will initially fly from Düsseldorf to Málaga, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dresden, Geneva, Hamburg, Lisbon, Lyon, Munich, Milan, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Vienna and Zurich.

After an introductory phase, the A320neo will then also take off from Hamburg Airport.

The A320neo as sustainability ambassador for #makechangefly

The Airbus A320neo is by far the most efficient and quiet short- and medium-haul jet in the world and the most visible sign yet of a series of more than 50 sustainability initiatives at Eurowings. With leading technology from Airbus and CFM LEAP, the aircraft has a significantly improved environmental performance compared to previous generations: with a 50 percent reduction in noise emissions, an up to 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions, and a total investment of more than USD 1.5 billion, the new fleet addition is the most expensive investment project in Eurowings’ nearly 30-year corporate history.

More to come in 2022: addition of six additional A320neo aircraft

Eurowings will receive a total of 13 aircraft with the new engine model: eight A320neo aircraft with 180 seats each and five A321neo aircraft with 232 seats each. Following the entry into service of the first A320neo, six more aircraft will be put into service in 2022 and one more in 2024. Five Airbus A321neo will be delivered to Eurowings in the course of 2023. The introduction of the aircraft into service is part of Eurowings’ wide-ranging activities and measures to significantly reduce aircraft noise and carbon emissions.

Redesigned Airspace Cabin for even more passenger comfort

The baggage compartments in the new Airspace Cabin have a 40 percent larger volume and can even hold 60 percent more suitcases, as these can be stowed in the compartments vertically. Another highlight is the new flexible lighting system, which adjusts itself based on the passengers’ biorhythms depending on the phase of the flight and time of day and illuminates the cabin in either warm orange or cooler blue tones.

Eurowings aircraft photo gallery:

Edi Wolfensberger starts as new Chief Operating Officer at Eurowings, adds first Airbus A320neo

Edi Wolfensberger, previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Brussels Airlines, joins the Executive board of Eurowings as Chief Operating Officer as of 1 April 2022. He is responsible for Crew Operations, Flight Operations, Ground & Customer Operations, Safety, Security & Compliance Monitoring, Lean Management, Digitalization & Processes, and Technical Fleet Management/Eurowings Technik. As a member of a three-member management team headed by CEO Jens Bischof, Wolfensberger succeeds Jens Ritter, who will become the new CEO of Lufthansa Airlines.

“As COO of Brussels, Edi Wolfensberger has everything you need for this position. I am sure that he will continue to drive forward the modernization of Eurowings Operations initiated by Jens Ritter and enrich it with new elements,” says Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings.

Edi Wolfensberger: internationally experienced operations manager

Edi Wolfensberger (40) has been Chief Operating Officer at Brussels Airlines since 2019 and heads the operational departments Flight Operations, Maintenance & Engineering, Ground Operations, and Safety and Security. He also serves as Accountable Manager for the Belgian airline. Previously, Wolfensberger held the position of Managing Director at Lufthansa Aviation Training Switzerland AG, where he established the cooperation between the newly merged companies within the Lufthansa Aviation Training Group from 2017 to 2019. Among other things, the company conducts cockpit, cabin and technical training for SWISS International Air Lines. As managing director at the Airline Training Center Arizona, he was previously instrumental in the turnaround of the US company based in Phoenix, where he was responsible for Finance, HR & Facilities.

Edi Wolfensberger started his career in the aviation industry in 2007 as a maintenance and engineering controller at Swiss International Airlines. Over the next seven years, he progressed through various roles in the Finance and Commercial departments, most recently as Head of Channel Management.

In other news, Eurowings has added its first Airbus A320neo (D-AENA):

Eurowings opens a new base in Stockholm, first flight departs Arlanda Airport to Barcelona on March 27

Eurowings made this announcement:

Hey Sverige – yesterday was finally the day: the first Eurowings flight from the new base in Stockholm/Arlanda took off punctually from Stockholm shortly after 2 p.m., heading for Barcelona.

For the first time, Eurowings is now offering its passengers direct flights from Sweden to numerous attractive destinations – including exciting cities like Barcelona, Hamburg and sunny destinations such as Europe’s most popular vacation island, Mallorca. With the opening of its new base, the German airline is significantly expanding its services in northern Europe: Stockholm is the eleventh Eurowings location in Europe – and the fifth base outside the home market of Germany, following Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Pristina, and Salzburg.

With its increased presence in “the Nordics,” the popular German airline is not only creating better connections for Sweden, especially to sunny destinations in southern Europe. The move also brings hundreds of new jobs to the region (both direct and indirect), creating employment momentum for the Scandinavian aviation market.

The new flights from Stockholm go to several popular holiday destinations in southern Europe, such as Palma de Mallorca, Alicante and Malaga in Spain. Other destinations are Birmingham, Nice, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. Eurowings will also fly to the Greek islands of Heraklion, Rhodes and Mykonos as well as Larnaca in Cyprus. Eurowings will add more destinations from Arlanda during the summer. Tickets can be booked via eurowings.com and the Eurowings app. Prices start at SEK 299 (29.99 euros) for a one-way flight.

 

Eurowings and Smartwings start codeshare flights

Germany’s largest leisure airline Eurowings and Smartwings, the leading Czech airline, have launched the first phase of their codeshare agreement.

With immediate effect, Eurowings connections from the new base in Prague to the destinations Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Bristol, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Athens, Larnaca, Heraklion, Málaga, Alicante, Stockholm, Faro, Rome and Mallorca will also be offered under Smartwings flight numbers and marketed via smartwings.com and other channels. This will allow Smartwings customers to benefit from the growing number of direct connections of the Lufthansa Group airline from the Czech capital. In a next step of the partnership, it is planned that Smartwings flights will also be offered under Eurowings flight numbers.

With the opening of its base in the Czech capital, Eurowings has significantly expanded its services in Central Europe. By summer 2022, the Lufthansa subsidiary will be stationing three Airbus A320 aircraft, including local crews, in the Czech capital. The flights will be operated by Eurowings Europe, the pan-European flight operation of Eurowings.

Avion Express to lease and operate 11 Airbus A320s for Eurowings this summer

Avion Express will wet lease and operate 11 Airbus A320s to Eurowings for the coming summer season.

Avion Express issued this statement:

After the successful and thorough selection process, we were nominated as the long-term ACMI provider for Eurowings. The cooperation to wet-lease 11 A320s commence in the beginning of the IATA summer season 2022.

Eurowings, headquartered at Cologne/Bonn Airport, is the leisure airline of the Lufthansa Group and thus part of the world’s largest aviation group. The airline currently flies to more than 100 destinations across Europe in its current flight schedule.

Eurowings is the market leader at the airports of Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Cologne/Bonn and currently has a fleet of around 100 #aircraft. Eurowings focuses on affordable products and services and offers a large number of nonstop flights within Europe. With its extensive route network and 11 international bases – including Palma de Mallorca on Europe’s number one vacation island – Eurowings is Germany’s largest leisure airline. Eurowings currently employs around 3,500 people across Europe.

Worldwide air traffic developments create new perspectives for Lufthansa Group pilots

The Coronavirus pandemic continues having a very serious impact on airlines and its employees. After two years in “crisis mode,” Lufthansa Group flight operations still has to cope with half the number of passengers in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the first quarter of 2019.

For captains, the crisis-related Lufthansa Airlines staff surplus has already been reduced in a socially acceptable way with a successful voluntary leave program. Lufthansa also plans to offer first officers the opportunity to exit from their contracts. Additionally, collective part-time agreements can also alleviate existing personnel surplus. Lufthansa continues to discussing this with its social partners.

This means, Lufthansa Airlines will waive compulsory redundancies for cockpit staff.

Michael Niggemann, Executive Board Member for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to avert compulsory redundancies for the cockpit staff of our core brand – despite the pandemic’s serious impact. It is a great success that we have succeeded to do so.”

The global crisis made painful decisions unavoidable in almost all companies of Lufthansa Group. For example, passenger flight operations of Germanwings was permanently suspended. Some pilots were and can still be transferred to Eurowings until 31 March 2022. An additional 80 pilots will join Lufthansa Airlines in Munich. Solutions continue being sought for all other pilots affected, thereby offering the prospect of continued employment in an existing or newly established Lufthansa Group flight operation.

For pilots 55 and older, Lufthansa Cargo offers a voluntary early retirement program. A remaining need for further reductions will be accomplished by a voluntary leave program designed to avert compulsory redundancies, including pilots not close to retirement age, or possible transfers to Lufthansa Airlines. The goal is to find solutions together with the social partners.

Better prospects in the long term

In the long term, the global recovery in demand for air transport will again lead to significantly better prospects for pilots – both within and outside the Lufthansa Group. For this reason, the Lufthansa Group’s new flight school under the umbrella of Lufthansa Aviation Training will start training new pilots as of summer 2022. The theoretical part of the approximately 24-month training program will take place in Bremen or Zurich; the practical part will take place at locations in Goodyear, Arizona/USA, Grenchen/Switzerland or Rostock-Laage/Germany. In the future, training will lead to receiving an EASA-certified ATP license that qualifies for entry-level positions within and outside the Lufthansa Group. The goal is quality training and maximizing career prospects for graduates.

Eurowings is planning for a strong summer season

Eurowings made this announcement about the upcoming summer season:

  • Booking curve points steeply upwards: tens of thousands of bookings daily
  • Significant expansion of business routes from Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart
  • Exclusive promotion: free middle seat on many Eurowings flights
  • Vacation flights for Easter and the summer holidays in particularly high demand
  • Eurowings as Germany’s No.1 leisure airline with largest tourist offering
  • CEO Jens Bischof: “Millions of people finally want to catch up on their holidays or meet important business contacts in person again after two years of the pandemic”.

Eurowings is preparing for a summer with enormous catch-up effects. After a significant increase in tourist flight bookings – several tens of thousands every day – demand for business routes is also picking up. After two years of the pandemic and months of working from home, the desire for freedom in both private and professional contexts is becoming stronger and stronger: people have had to postpone their vacations, long-planned visit to friends and family or trips to see their business partners, sometimes several times.

After numerous countries, such as Spain, Sweden or Denmark, have already largely returned to normality, the German government has also decided on far-reaching relaxations: almost all Covid-related measures are to be lifted by the end of March. Against this background, people’s longing to finally be able to travel again is coming into focus.

Jens Bischof, CEO Eurowings: “The current formula is: the longer the contact restrictions, the greater the desire to travel. After two years of the pandemic, millions of people finally want to catch up on their holidays or meet important business contacts in person again. Our increase in bookings is currently following the ‘ketchup bottle principle’: first nothing for a long time, then everything at once.”

Expansion of the flight schedule

Eurowings is responding to the rising demand by significantly increasing its frequencies on both leisure and business routes.

Business routes to be resumed by the end of March

In the context of the pandemic, Eurowings had to temporarily suspend some routes. With the increasing demand on business routes, numerous domestic and European connections will be resumed by the end of March.

From Hamburg, for example, there will be up to eleven flights a week to Amsterdam and up to nine flights a week to Nuremberg.

From Düsseldorf, Eurowings is flying more frequently to Italy again – to Bergamo and Bologna (up to six times a week in each case) – and also to Austria: five direct flights a week to Linz and three to Graz.

From Cologne/Bonn, for example, Eurowings will again take its passengers to Bologna up to four times a week and to Dresden up to eight times.

From Stuttgart, the routes to Bremen (up to five times a week) and Amsterdam (up to six flights a week) will be resumed.

Increased frequencies on existing routes for better day trips to European metropolises

Business trips to European metropolises are currently also in high demand again: Eurowings is increasing frequencies on numerous routes – especially at off-peak times for even better planning of business trips.

From Hamburg: e.g. to London, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Milan and Zürich

From Düsseldorf: e.g. to London, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Milan, Zürich, Manchester, Birmingham, Geneva, Copenhagen, Salzburg, Lyon, Prague and Barcelona

From Cologne/Bonn: e.g. to London, Vienna, Budapest, Milan and Zürich

From Stuttgart: to London, Vienna, Budapest and Milan, among others, and from Dortmund to Munich

Significant increase in domestic German business routes

Connections to Berlin from Eurowings’ largest locations will also be significantly increased: up to six flights a day fromCologne/Bonn and from Stuttgart to the capital, and up to five flights a day from Düsseldorf.

Connections to Hamburg will also be significantly increased: a Eurowings aircraft will take off towards there from Stuttgartup to six times a day, and there will be three daily connections from Düsseldorf and two from Cologne/Bonn.

Exclusive promotion: free middle seat on numerous flights

For a successful return to business travel, Eurowings is offering its passengers a free middle seat on domestic German direct flights and on direct flights between Germany and Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Ireland, as well as between the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. The promotion is valid for flights in the booking and travel period from 17 February to 7 April 2022. The possibility of securing a free middle seat for more comfort and personal space has become one of the most popular products at Eurowings during the pandemic.

Strong expansion of the tourism business – more than 140 destinations available for the first time

As Germany’s No. 1 leisure airline, Eurowings has greatly expanded its tourist services and is flying to more than 140 destinations for the first time – by far the largest route portfolio. Focal points include Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey and Scandinavia. Services to the Canary Islands and the Greek islands are also being expanded. The top destination in summer continues to be Palma de Mallorca with 380 connections per week from 20 airports.

Eurowings hires 750 new flight attendants and pilots

Eurowings made this announcement:

Eurowings is preparing for a strong travel season with backlog effects despite the current Omicron wave. Over the next twelve months, Germany’s largest leisure airline will fill around 750 new positions in the cockpits and cabins of its two AOCs, Eurowings Germany and Eurowings Europe. With this, Eurowings is systematically continuing the course it embarked on last year. During the most difficult crisis in air traffic, the airline successfully completed a comprehensive realignment, focusing more strongly on tourist destinations and the growing private travel business. As a result, the Lufthansa subsidiary was one of the very few airlines in Europe to hire staff again as early as 2021 – around 750 new crew members in the cockpit and cabin, including numerous employees from Lufthansa Group airlines who had lost their jobs. Now Eurowings is set to grow further, both nationally and internationally: in 2022, the airline will add around 550 additional flight attendants and 200 pilots at locations throughout Europe. Staffing levels will also be increased in business areas on the ground, for example at Eurowings Technik in Cologne and Düsseldorf, in sales and in the customer experience division.

Strong catch-up effects expected in 2022

Following a winter once again dominated by Covid, the tourism industry expects strong catch-up effects for vacation travel in the 2022 season. As Germany’s largest leisure airline, Eurowings will offer travelers more choice than ever before in its summer flight schedule, with over 140 destinations. The clear front-runner here is Europe’s popular vacation island Mallorca. Eurowings will fly to Mallorca from more than 20 airports up to 380 times a week in the summer of 2022.

Eurowings expands training offers

Training young people continues to be a high priority for Eurowings after two years with the pandemic. At the company’s locations in Cologne and Düsseldorf, ten applicants will start an apprenticeship or dual study program at Eurowings this year. In cooperation with the maintenance and repair company Nayak-LM Germany GmbH training for aircraft mechanics specializing in maintenance will start at Eurowings Technik in Düsseldorf for the first time. In addition to this, training for industrial clerks is also available for the first time in the airline’s technical operations. At the same time, Eurowings is expanding its range of dual-study programs: in addition to the established business informatics course, the airline is also offering dual-study placements in aviation management and applied computer science for the first time.

Eurowings is once again among the most punctual airlines in Europe

Eurowings was once again among the most punctual and reliable airlines in Europe in 2021. Last year, Germany’s largest vacation airline delivered 90 percent of its guests to their destinations on time – even improving the proportion of on-time flights compared to the pre-Covid year 2019 again, by seven percent.

With new record figures, the airline is confirming a positive trend that has now taken Eurowings to the top of the European competition in the key customer parameters of punctuality and reliability. The performance can be attributed to a comprehensive package of measures with which Eurowings has been ensuring the best possible stability in flight operations for years. Passengers greatly appreciate the recent top performance, which is reflected in consistently high Eurowings customer satisfaction scores

“In the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, we were again able to offer our guests punctual and reliable flight operations – just as they rightly expect from us,” says Eurowings COO Jens Ritter. “I am very proud of the performance of our Eurowings teams, which has enabled us to stand out as a value airline offering fair prices with strong performance and flying at the top of the field.”

At the same time, 2021 was an extremely challenging year for aviation. In a highly volatile period, Eurowings ramped up its flight operations from less than 20 to more than 70 aircraft, virtually from scratch. The Lufthansa subsidiary also had to make up for deficits on the part of system partners. “In 2022, we will continue our undiminished commitment to stable performance and the best possible service – because the satisfaction of our guests is our greatest incentive.”

Confirmation of punctuality by independent portals

Independent portals also regularly confirm that Eurowings has a very good operational performance. Cirium, formerly Flight Global, lists Eurowings among the ten most punctual airlines in Europe in its Performance Review 2021. The British data provider Official Airline Guide (OAG) regularly evaluates the punctuality of more than 100 international airlines. In the evaluation for December 2021, Eurowings takes first place and is the only European airline in the top ten.

Eurowings to fly to more than 140 destinations in summer 2022, the most ever

Eurowings has made this announcement:

New from Hamburg: Alicante, Bilbao, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Porto, Verona
New from Stuttgart: Adana, Kütahya-Zafer, Porto, Preveza, Tbilisi, Tivat, Tunis
For the first time in summer from Düsseldorf: Bergamo, Funchal, Tromsø, Belgrade, Volos
Back on offer from Cologne/Bonn: Alicante, Tenerife, Izmir, Kayseri

The travel industry expects strong catch-up effects for the 2022 summer season after the winter, which was again characterized by Coronavirus. Germany’s largest holiday airline Eurowings will therefore offer more destinations in the 2022 summer flight schedule than ever before.

Anyone who wants to use the cold Christmas days to plan their holiday for 2022 can now choose from more than 140 attractive direct Eurowings connections. With around 2,500 weekly flights, the Eurowings offer has already almost reached the level of the time before Corona. The clear front-runner is the Balearic island of Majorca, which was once again Europe’s most popular sunshine island last year: Eurowings will fly to Majorca from more than 20 airports up to 380 times a week in the summer of 2022, thus further expanding its position as the number one in Balearic traffic. All connections can already be booked with a few clicks via eurowings.com or the Eurowings customer app. The program for 2022 includes a whole series of attractive summer destinations that the Lufthansa subsidiary will fly to for the first time from one of its major bases.

In the summer of 2022, Eurowings will be flying from Hamburg to the Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto and the Spanish destinations of Alicante and Bilbao for the first time. In addition, travelers will be able to fly directly from the Hanseatic city to Verona in Italy and Gothenburg for the first time.

From Stuttgart, Eurowings is expanding its offer with a focus on destinations in southern Europe: Porto (Portugal), Adana and Kütahya-Zafer (Turkey), Preveza (Greece), Tbilisi (Georgia) as well as Tivat (Montenegro) and Tunis (Tunisia) are in the program for the first time. The Romanian city of Timisoara is also back on the flight schedule.

From Düsseldorf, Eurowings will offer the new destinations Bergamo, Funchal and Tromsø in the 2021/22 winter flight schedule also in the 2022 summer flight schedule. For the first time, Eurowings will also fly from Düsseldorf to the Greek port city of Volos in the Thessaly region. The Serbian capital Belgrade is a new addition to the schedule. In addition, the airline will once again fly to Kosice (Slovakia) and Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina).

From Cologne/Bonn, Germany’s largest holiday airline is now also flying to the Canary Island of Tenerife and to Alicante in the summer. After the Corona break, the popular Turkish destinations Izmir and Kayseri are also back on the Eurowings flight schedule from Cologne/Bonn.

Flexible rebooking options for all Eurowings flights
Eurowings passengers continue to benefit from flexible rebooking conditions and a return flight guarantee: passengers can change their Eurowings flights free of charge up to 40 minutes before departure, rebook as often as they like and change to another destination within Europe free of charge.