Eurowings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Eurowings
Eurowings.svg
IATA
EW
ICAO
EWG
Callsign
EUROWINGS
Founded1993 (1993)
Commenced operations1 January 1994
HubsDüsseldorf Airport
Frequent-flyer programMiles & More
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size23
Destinations48
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersDüsseldorf, Germany
Key peopleFriedrich Wilhelm Weitholz (Chairman)
Websiteeurowings.com
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Eurowings
Eurowings.svg
IATA
EW
ICAO
EWG
Callsign
EUROWINGS
Founded1993 (1993)
Commenced operations1 January 1994
HubsDüsseldorf Airport
Frequent-flyer programMiles & More
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size23
Destinations48
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersDüsseldorf, Germany
Key peopleFriedrich Wilhelm Weitholz (Chairman)
Websiteeurowings.com

Eurowings GmbH[1] is a German regional airline based in Düsseldorf. It is owned by Lufthansa and was part of Lufthansa Regional until October 2014 since when it operates on behalf of Germanwings exclusively.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The airline was formed in 1993 following a merger of Nürnberger Flugdienst (NFD) and Reise- und Industrieflug (RFG), two commuter airlines based in Nürnberg and Dortmund, respectively. Flight operations using an initial fleet of ATR 42 and 72 aircraft inherited from Eurowing's predecessors were launched on 1 January 1994. Subsequently, BAe 146 aircraft were added to the fleet, which were later followed by larger Airbus A320 family aircraft and even an Airbus A310.[2] Independent flight operations came to end when Eurowings was acquired by Lufthansa.[when?]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

As at 31 December 2006, Lufthansa had a 49% shareholding in Eurowings with a call option for 50.91% of the remaining stakes, bringing the company into the Lufthansa Group fold.[3] At that time, Eurowings was the owner of Germanwings, thus creating a low-cost branch within the Lufthansa trust. Plans to merge these two airlines with TUIfly (controlled by TUI Travel) into a joint and independent holding company, were brought forth during 2008, but did not materialize.[4] Instead, Lufthansa announced in December 2008 to acquire Germanwings from Eurowings.[5]

In September 2010 Eurowings closed its headquarters and technical infrastructure in Dortmund, Germany, and moved both to Düsseldorf, where Eurowings operated most of its flights since the airline was part of Lufthansa Regional. In March 2011, the maintenance division at Nürnberg Airport was also closed.

In late 2013 Eurowings started to operate flights for sister airline Germanwings as short haul flights, that are not operated from Frankfurt or Munich, are transferred from Lufthansa to Germanwings.[6] All Eurowings flights operated on behalf of Lufthansa Regional ceased by autumn 2014 and were rebranded to Germanwings, the last ones to and from Düsseldorf.

In July 2014, Lufthansa announced that Eurowings would transfer from its CRJ fleet to an Airbus A320 fleet of up to 23 frames. Eurowings is to open its first base outside of Germany, in Basel, in spring 2015.[7]

Destinations[edit]

A Eurowings Bombardier CRJ900 taxiing at Berlin Tegel Airport (2010).
A Eurowings BAe 146-300 landing at Bristol International Airport, England (2008).
A BAe 146-200 landing at London Heathrow Airport, featuring the now discontinued Eurowings livery (2006).

Eurowings serves the following destinations on behalf of Lufthansa Regional (as of December 2012):[8]

     Hub
     Seasonal destination
     Future destination
CityCountryIATAICAOAirportRefs
AmsterdamNetherlands NetherlandsAMSEHAMAmsterdam Airport Schiphol
BerlinGermany GermanyTXLEDDTBerlin Tegel Airport
BirminghamUnited Kingdom United KingdomBHXEGBBBirmingham Airport
CardiffUnited Kingdom United KingdomCWLEGFFCardiff Airport
KnockRepublic of Ireland IrelandNOCEIKNIreland West Airport Knock
DüsseldorfGermany GermanyDUSEDDLDüsseldorf Airport
GenevaSwitzerland SwitzerlandGVALSGGGeneva Airport
GlasgowUnited Kingdom United KingdomGLAEGPFGlasgow Airport
HamburgGermany GermanyHAMEDDHHamburg Airport
LeipzigGermany GermanyLEJEDDPLeipzig/Halle Airport
LondonUnited Kingdom United KingdomLHREGLLLondon Heathrow Airport
LyonFrance FranceLYSLFLLLyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
ManchesterUnited Kingdom United KingdomMANEGCCManchester Airport
MilanItaly ItalyMXPLIMCMalpensa Airport
NewcastleUnited Kingdom United KingdomNCLEGNTNewcastle Airport
NurembergGermany GermanyNUEEDDNNuremberg AirportSecondary Hub
OsloNorway NorwayOSLENGMOslo Airport, Gardermoen
ParisFrance FranceCDGLFPGParis-Charles de Gaulle Airport
PoznanPoland PolandPOZEPPOPoznan-Lawica Airport
PragueCzech Republic Czech RepublicPRGLKPRPrague Ruzyne Airport
RijekaCroatia CroatiaRJKLDRIRijeka Airport(begins 8 July 2014)
SofiaBulgaria BulgariaSOFLBSFSofia Airport
StuttgartGermany GermanySTREDDSStuttgart Airport
TurinItaly ItalyTRNLIMFTurin Caselle Airport
ViennaAustria AustriaVIELOWWVienna International Airport
WesterlandGermany GermanyGWTEDXMSylt Airport
WroclawPoland PolandWROEPWRCopernicus Airport Wroclaw
StockholmSweden SwedenARNESSAStockholm Arlanda Airport

Eurowings serves the following destinations on behalf of Germanwings (as of March 2014):

CityCountryIATAICAOAirportRefs
BrusselsBelgium BelgiumBRUEBBRBrussels Airport
BirminghamUnited Kingdom United KingdomBHXEGBBBirmingham Airport
HamburgGermany GermanyHAMEDDHHamburg Airport

Fleet[edit]

As of July 2014, the Eurowings fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 4.1 years:[9][10][11]

Eurowings fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengersNotes
Bombardier CRJ900
23
90
To be replaced by A320s
Airbus A320
23
13 to be transferred from Lufthansa, 10 additional orders from Airbus

Fleet development[edit]

Over the years, Eurowings operated the following aircraft types:[2]

AircraftIntroducedRetired
Airbus A310
1994
1995
Airbus A319
1997
2002
Airbus A320
2002
2003
ATR 42
1994
2005
ATR 72
1994
2006
Boeing 737-300
2001
2003
BAe 146
1994
2010
Bombardier CRJ200
2001
2011
Bombardier CRJ700
2007
2011
Bombardier CRJ900
2009
Dornier 328[12]
1997
1998

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Eurowings at Wikimedia Commons