Over the last few days, Eurowings has updated their timetable to reflect the launch of several new routes for the Fall/Winter of 2017/18. The routes are primarily seasonal, either bringing passengers to warmer climates or taking them to winter hot spots for skiing.
Some of the flights will be operated by the aircraft that have been wet-leased by Lufthansa from Air Berlin, while others will fly under Germanwings flight numbers and aircraft.
The new routes are as follow:
Cologne – Grenoble effective October 29 will begin 1x/week service (Sunday).
Dusseldorf – Marrakech effective November 4 will begin 1x/week service (Saturday).
Dusseldorf – Zagreb effective October 31 will begin 2x/week service (Tuesday / Thursday).
Munich – Barcelona effective October 29 will begin 4x/week service (Monday/Tuesday/Friday/Sunday).
Munich – Fuerteventura effective October 29 will begin 2x/week service (Tuesday / Sunday).
Munich – Lanzarote effective November 1 will begin 1x/week service (Wednesday).
Munich – Las Palmas effective October 31 will begin 2x/week service (Tuesday / Saturday).
Munich – Marrakech effective November 3 will begin 1x/week service (Friday).
Munich – Skopje effective October 31 will begin 2x/week service (Tuesday / Friday).
Munich – Tenerife South effective October 30 will begin 2x/week service (Monday / Thursday).
Salzburg – Birmingham effective October 30 will begin 2x/week service (Thursday / Saturday).
Salzburg – Glasgow effective December 9 will begin 1x/week service (Wednesday).
Salzburg – London Stansted effective October 29 will begin 4x/week service (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday).
Salzburg – Manchester effective December 4 will begin 2x/week service (Monday / Friday).
Austrian Airlines on March 7 introduced the first wet-leased Air Berlin A320 into service for Lufthansa Group. The aircraft, D-ABZA, flew in Austrian colors from Vienna to Skopje. D-ABZC entered service for OS in March 8.
D-ABZA and D-ABZC are the first 2 of 5 Air Berlin aircraft that will operate for Austrian. Under the wet-lease agreement, the aircraft will carry OS colors, however the crew that you will see aboard the plane will be dressed in their Air Berlin uniforms since technically the employees are on lease from Air Berlin.
D-ABZA shows off her new Austrian Colors. Photo courtesy of Austrian Airlines.
This opportunity for Austrian to expand their fleet and reach comes after Lufthansa agreed with Air Berlin to sublet 40 Air Berlin aircraft in order to help Air Berlin restructure their operations in an attempt to return to profitability. Air Berlin’s key investor, Etihad, was instrumental in working with LH to make the deal possible.
D-ABZC in her old AB colors…..
Most of the 40 aircraft will be painted in LH Group’s Eurowings livery and will be deployed on routes that EW normally serves along with a few new additions thanks to having an airport full of new planes to deploy.
Ahead of an announcement expected from Etihad and Lufthansa tomorrow from Abu Dhabi, details are starting to emerge regarding a deepening relationship between the 2 carriers.
Building on recent developments including Lufthansa’s take over of certain Air Berlin aircraft and routes in order to reduce the burden for Etihad (A large stake holder in AB), it appears now that Etihad is set to further seek Lufthansa’s assistance as it tries to re-sort itself.
Coming from various news outlets, including Bloomberg, it appears that Etihad is set to transfer their MRO operations (Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul) to Lufthansa Technik. Additionally, Etihad will transfer their catering operation to Lufthansa’s LSG Skychefs. There is also the potential for the relationship to expand to include Lufthansa handling much of Etihad’s security and ground services in certain parts of the world where both airlines are present. I expect we’ll find out the timing of these transactions during tomorrow’s event.
There has also been some chatter regarding the potential of Etihad joining Star Alliance, but that seems to be a bit of a stretch at this point based on Etihad’s involvement with other partners that are in direct competition with Star Alliance. But one never knows what can be announced.
There may be more to the announcement tomorrow, so you may see a follow up to this post.