Eurowings Discover prepares for its maiden flight tomorrow
The new subsidiary of the Lufthansa group, Eurowings Discover, is expected to launch tomorrow with its maiden flight to Mombasa. The airline will use an Airbus A330-200 for its first flight before heading to Zanzibar as a beacon flight.
The current situation has forced significant changes within the Lufthansa Group. The old and large aircraft of the whole group have been withdrawn. However, it also offers a chance for new businesses. The Lufthansa Group expects business travel to take longer to recover and is therefore targeting long-haul leisure travelers with a new offering.
The first flight plans
The first Eurowings flight is scheduled to take off tomorrow, heading south from Frankfurt Airport to Mombasa, Kenya. The flight will be a fairly late departure from the airport. Flight 4Y134 is scheduled to take off from Lufthansa Group stronghold in Frankfurt at 19:35. The airline’s A330s have flown over Europe in preparation for the past two weeks.
The plane will take around eight hours and 35 minutes to fly south to Kenya, where it is expected to arrive at 5:10 am Sunday morning. Lufthansa codeshare for the flight, using flight number LH4358 for the flight. The plane will then fly to Zanzibar and back before taking off at 11:00 am. After an eight hour and 40 minute return flight to Frankfurt, the plane is expected to land at 6:40 p.m.
Although the airline currently only has two planes, expansion is definitely on the cards. Part of the Lufthansa Group, the airline doesn’t have to worry so much about a period of slow and steady growth. PLAY CEO Birgir Jonsson recently told Simple Flying that this is the key to starting a new airline.
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By the end of the year, the airline hopes to add ten more aircraft for a total of 21 jets by summer 2022. Ten Airbus A320s will accompany 11 Airbus A330s. Each of these planes will come from the main fleet of the Lufthansa group.
The right time to start an airline?
The airline did not receive its air operator certificate from the German Federal Aviation Authority until June 16. Like the CEOs of PLAY and flypop, Eurowings Discover CEO Wolfgang Raebiger believes now is the perfect time to get started. He commented,
âThe timing couldn’t be better. People can finally travel again and we are all ready to take them to the most beautiful destinations in the world. We built an airline in just one year – an ambitious goal which we achieved with the great support of the entire Lufthansa Group, a motivated team and in close cooperation with the German Federal Aviation Authority. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all of you. “
Simple Flying will be at Frankfurt Airport for the first Eurowings Discover departure tomorrow. Stay tuned for coverage of the first flight.
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