Eurowings discovers that the Airbus A330 is landing at Kilimanjaro for the first time
At the height of the summer season, Eurowings Discover took off from Frankfurt and landed on Kilimanjaro for the first time. The leisure airline’s soft touch to Tanzania is currently the only direct connection from Germany and is part of the airline’s ongoing route expansion.
From Germany to Tanzania
On June 3, the inaugural flight operated as number 4Y136, which took off from Frankfurt at 8:31 p.m. and stopped in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. The stopover allows passengers direct access to Arusha for the famous national parks and reserves. After that, with no change of aircraft and minimal ground time, 4Y136 departed at 06:25 and finally landed at Kilimanjaro at 07:01 on 4 June.
Eurowings Discover will operate the new long-haul route twice a week, all year round, using its fleet of Airbus A330-300s. For the inaugural flight, the special Airbus A330-300 to take away the cake was registered D-AFYQ, 11 years old. The aircraft had previously been used for the leisure airline’s Frankfurt-Mombasa route.
|flight number||Departure time||Arriving time||Operating days|
|4Y 136 (FRA – MBA)||19:35||05:00 +1||Mondays & Fridays|
|4Y 136 (MBA-JRO)||05:55||06:50|
|4Y 137 (JRO – MBA)||08:110||09:00||Saturdays, Mondays & Fridays|
|4Y 137 (MBA – FRA)||10:45||6:40 p.m.|
A group of Masai dancers greeted disembarking passengers to commemorate the maiden flight. Photo: Eurowings Discover
From Germany to Alaska
The Kilimanjaro expansion is just one of the destinations that the Lufthansa Group’s leisure branch has planned for this year. From mid-June, the vast cultural city of Anchorage in Alaska will be added to the schedule of flights departing from Frankfurt.
From June 13 to September 10, Eurowings Discover will fly three times a week to Anchorage on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight number that has not yet been designated will depart Frankfurt at 3:30 p.m. and arrive directly in Anchorage at 3:00 p.m.
From Germany to Canada
And in addition to an Alaskan expansion, Eurowings Discover is also looking to expand into the Canadian port city of Halifax, with Calgary being added much later in August.
Although there is no designated flight number yet, the flight from Frankfurt is scheduled to depart Frankfurt at 3:50 p.m. and arrive directly in Halifax at 6:10 p.m. The Frankfurt-Halifax route will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays from June 12 until the end of September.
Then, from August 1 to the end of October, Eurowings Discover will launch its Frankfurt-Calgary route and will operate four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This non-stop route will have similar departure times from Frankfurt at 3:30 p.m. and land directly in Calgary at 5:15 p.m. The Frankfurt-Calgary route will complement the same route offered by Eurowings Discover’s joint venture partner, Air Canada.
A new home in Munich
The accelerated growth of Eurowings Discover appears to be going at an even faster pace, as the German leisure carrier has a new short-haul base in Munich. Since March, the airline has been flying from Terminal 1 in Munich to just three long-haul destinations.
Eurowings Discover has an older ‘ceo’ A320-200 variant. Photo: Tom Boon | single flight
And just under a year after the leisure company’s first flight in July 2021, Eurowings Discover’s first Airbus A320 took off from Munich on June 1, symbolizing the start of its new short-haul base. The German carrier expects two more Airbus A320s to join its fleet in August, bringing its short-haul fleet to eight aircraft by the end of the year.
As for its short-haul network, Eurowings Discover is looking to fly from Munich and expand to Greek destinations such as Samos, Rhodes, Chania and Zakynthos. Other destinations include Bodrum and Antalya in Turkey, Hurghada in Egypt and Ibiza in Spain.
At the end of the line
With 10 Airbus A330s and a growing number of Airbus A320s to operate on its quite extensive leisure route network, Eurowings Discover has undoubtedly grown quite rapidly despite having started in the midst of a pandemic. However, growth can be expected as the Lufthansa Group has strategically used its leisure arm to bring back some once-forgotten routes that the major airline used or ultimately couldn’t fly.