Beginning in Summer 2018, Lufthansa’s low cost carrier, Eurowings, will begin serving Frankfurt as the LH Group seeks to stem the competition coming from other European LCCs.
In an article published in Airliners.de, Eurowings boss Karl Ulrich Garnadt stated that due to the pressures seen coming from Ryanair and others, it made good business sense to counter the new competition. Ryanair plans to begin service to Frankfurt this spring.
Such a move is made easier due to the fact that Eurowings will inherit 33 aircraft in the coming months after Lufthansa agreed to lease the aircraft from Air Berlin. This is of course in addition to the aircraft that will join Eurowings after the acquisition of Brussels Airlines closes. In all, the Eurowings fleet will grow to nearly 120 aircraft making it easier to operate from large hubs and to take on their competitors directly.
Previously, Eurowings announced that it will begin flying from Lufthansa’s other Mega-Hub in Munich in March. The initial timetable calls for flights to 32 cities throughout Europe, mostly towards ‘Holiday’ type destinations.
A few days ago, Lufthansa updated their timetable to reflect a switch in aircraft that will be used between Frankfurt and Detroit.
Beginning July 2, Lufthansa will begin flying the 747-400 on their daily flight to the Motor City, replacing the A340-300 that has been on the route until now. This will be the case at least for the Summer timetable which expires on September 29. LH will most likely downgage the route to a smaller aircraft for Winter 2017/18, but at least for the Summer and early Fall, passengers can enjoy the Queen of the Skies from DTW.
This covers flight LH442 that departs FRA at 10:00a and arrives in Detroit at 12:40p, and LH443 that departs Detroit at 3:50p, arriving in Frankfurt at 5:40a the following morning.
Lufthansa has announced a handful of new destinations for their Summer 2017 timetable. In all 6 new cities will be added beginning on March 27 and the new flights are open for reservations.
Flight info as follows:
Frankfurt – Bordeaux effective April 2 will begin 2x/week service (Thursday/Sunday). Flights will be operated by A319 aircraft.
Frankfurt – Heringsdorf effective April 15 will begin 1x/week service (Saturday). Flights will be operated by CRJ aircraft.
Frankfurt – Santiago de Compostela effective March 27 will begin 3x/week service (Monday/Thursday/Friday). Flights will be operated by A319 aircraft.
Frankfurt – Shannon effective April 29 will begin 1x/week service (Saturday). The route will be flow by A319 aircraft.
Munich – Nantes effective March 28 will begin 4x/week service (Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday). The Friday flight will be operated by an A320, all other flights will be flown by A319 aircraft.
Munich – Santiago de Compostela effective April 9 will begin 1x/week service (Sunday). The route will be flown by A320 aircraft.
In addition to these route commencements, Lufthansa has also announced that it will suspend service between Frankfurt and Tokyo Narita between January 9 and March 25. It reappears on their booking engine for flights on March 26, 2017 and beyond.
In association with Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa Technik will be hosting an open house in one of their cavernous hangars at Frankfurt Airport on November 24 from 6:00p to 8:30p (local FRA time). The specific hangars that will be open are the hangars on the north side of the airport, nearest the passenger terminals. It is here where most of the Frankfurt-based fleet is serviced including the A330, A340, Boeing 747-400 and 747-8i, along with the narrow body Airbuses.
In order to attend you have to register in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Space is limited so not every registration will be accepted.
In the email, please provide your first and last name, date and location of birth as well as your current address.
According to the conditions, attendees must be at least 16 years old. Due to the nature of the hangars, persons with disabilities or who have trouble with mobility will not be able to attend.
The deadline to register is November 6 at midnight (local FRA time). Successful applicants will be notified on November 7.
Lufthansa has published what are perhaps the lowest fares I’ve ever seen between Chicago and Frankfurt or Munich. The economy fares coincide with the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and run into mid-December. This lines up PERFECTLY with the opening of the Holiday Market season throughout Germany and the rest of Europe.
The best fare that I could find was a $525 deal between Chicago and Munich. Frankfurt was next at only $535. The rest of Germany and Europe were are priced at their typical $800-1200 range but with some creative booking, you can book separate tickets to take you deeper into Europe for far less. Valid travel dates for this deal are between November 22 and December 15.
The catch with these fares is that a 7 day stay is required but there is no weekend travel blackout for the deals. In other words the fares are not higher if your flights take place Thursday through Sunday. There’s no end date to this fare sale. It’s one of those ‘while supplies lasts’ kind of offers.
The fares are valid for travel on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Air Canada, and United so you have plenty of flexibility as far as carriers are concerned. As long as your travel originates in Chicago you can fly on any of these carriers and benefit from this low fare.