LONDON – As the aviation world is facing tremendous challenges amid the Covid-19 era, the new player to the European market is making its debut with flying colors.
Eurowings Discover, the newly launched subsidiary of Lufthansa Group is expanding its wings at a fast pace with 11 new aircraft and 69 new routes for Summer 2022 from its only German bases of Frankfurt and Munich.
The airline is expected to make steady growth in the long-haul international services in the coming year as affirmed by the management.
Eurowings Discover came into existence in July 2021 as the leisure airline platform under Lufthansa Group, to co-align its products to target leisure tourists by offering the right price and right product strategy.
Both Eurowings Discover (4Y) and Eurowings (EW) are different operators having separate Air Operator Certificates.
Eurowings Discover will be focusing mainly on operations from Frankfurt and Munich while the Eurowings has minimal operations from these two airports.
The Eurowings Discover has 11 aircraft under its fleet program including 8 Airbus A330s.
The A330-200s were all acquired from SunExpress Deutschland and Airbus A320s from Lufthansa.
The A330-300s with the fleet were previously used by Edelweiss aviation and Eurowings (EW).
The average age of the A330-200s is at 17.2 years and that of A330-300s is 14.9.
Its Airbus A320s are as young as 5 years. In summation, the total fleet distribution under Eurowings Discover is:
|Aircraft Type||Total Units||Average Age||Acquired from|
|A330-300||5||14.9 years||Edelweiss and Eurowings|
|A330-200||3||17.2 years||SunExpress Deutschland|
Network Planning and expansion over Summer 2022
Despite ongoing Omicron transmission and travel restrictions being reimposed, the Eurowings Discover sees a promising Summer 2022.
According to the management, Eurowings Discover will serve 44 new destinations from Frankfurt and additionally 25 new destinations from Munich.
Out of which the 20 will be long haul destinations ex FRA and 2 will be ex MUC.
According to the Cirium analysis, the route between Frankfurt and Salt Lake City will be of particular interest as this will be the first time the route will see regular service with 3 weekly flights starting from the 23rd of May 2022.
The route distance between Frankfurt and Salt Lake City is 5,128 miles on Great Circle Route.
Another interesting change by Eurowings Discover can be witnessed as the new carrier will replace Lufthansa (LH) on the Calgary route which was last operated between 2009 till 2012, Panama City which was last operated between 2016 till 2020, and Tampa, which was last operated between 2015 till 2020.
Additionally, Eurowings Discover will replace Eurowings (EW) operations in Las Vegas and Windhoek.
This surprising move in its network planning by Eurowings Discover has made it clear that the airline is looking forward to a busy, positive, and profitable Summer 2022 season.
With otherwise unusual route offerings besides its network operations, Eurowings Discover will be ahead in connecting leisure travelers to otherwise off-beat destinations who are looking forward to better deals after the turbulent past 2 years.