Lufthansa has detailed plans for a long-haul, low-cost venture to be operated in conjunction with Turkish budget carrier SunExpress, which Lufthansa jointly owns with Turkish Airlines.
From late 2015 “New Eurowings” will start services from Cologne/Bonn to Florida, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean using a fleet of seven leased A330-200s.
To keep labour costs down the flights will be made under SunExpress Deutschland’s air operator certificate and use SunExpress crew.
New Eurowings will also see the transfer of all Lufthansa’s short and medium flights outside Frankfurt and Munich to low-cost subsidiaries Germanwings and Eurowings, which are to transition to an all-A320 fleet.
Ten new A320s have been ordered to this end, while up to 13 further A320s will be reassigned to Eurowings from existing orders held by Lufthansa. “
For several years we’ve been facing fierce competition from the rapidly-growing low-cost carriers in the point-to-point travel segment, not only in Germany but throughout Europe. And we are sure to see this competition extend more and more to the long-haul travel segment in the years ahead,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa.
For the group’s mainline operations Lufthansa will receive two more A380s and four new 747-8s in 2015.