Eurowings launches long-haul flights from Düsseldorf

  • First Eurowings long-haul flight takes off for Punta Cana
  • From November 2017, Eurowings will fly from Düsseldorf to four dream destinations in the Caribbean
  • Budget-priced direct flights to Varadero, Punta Cana, Cancun and Puerto Plata from EUR 199.99
  • Eurowings expands low-cost long-haul to Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Munich in summer 2018
  • CCO Oliver Wagner, “We’re seriously upping the ante on long-haul.”
Eurowings A330-200 at Cologne-Bonn airport. © Oliver Brandt, Wikimedia

The first Eurowings long-haul flight from Düsseldorf took off yesterday. The destination of the 260 passengers on board: Punta Cana. The dream destination in the Dominican Republic will be operated with four flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. As with all Eurowings’ long-haul flights, the tickets are unbeatably cheap. Tickets to the dream beaches of the Caribbean are available for only EUR 199.99. Eurowings flight EW1140 takes off from Düsseldorf at 13:40 and lands in Punta Cana at 19:25 local time. The return flight EW1141 takes off at 20:55 Caribbean local time and touches down in Düsseldorf next morning at 11:25.

Varadero in Cuba (first flight on 16 December) and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic (from 14 December) will follow Punta Cana as long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf. Flights to Varadero are operated on Saturdays and to Puerto Plata every Thursday. Cancun in Mexico, which Eurowings will fly to every Monday as of 18 December, completes the quartet. Customers have been able to book all four Caribbean destinations for several weeks at or via the Eurowings app on smartphone and tablet.

Oliver Wagner, Eurowings Chief Commercial Officer, says, “Now Düsseldorf, the largest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia, is also getting a low-cost long-haul airline with Eurowings. The advance bookings for our flights are already very high. The demand for our offering is clearly there.” However, according to Wagner, the four Caribbean destinations are only the beginning, “We will continue to expand the long-haul business in Düsseldorf and we will increase to four aircraft in Düsseldorf in summer 2018. Then we’ll also connect Düsseldorf to destinations in the USA.” A new location and new destinations also mean a rise in the number of long-haul aircraft. In a few weeks’ time, Eurowings will take delivery of its seventh Airbus A330; in 2018 the airline’s intercontinental fleet will grow to 21 aircraft.

Eurowings is one of the pioneers of the low-cost long-haul and has already been operating successfully in this growth segment for two years. The airline flies to destinations all over the world, not only to dream beaches in the Caribbean but also to the Far East and the United States. The booking figures have been very good from the outset. Wagner says, “The courage we’ve shown by investing heavily in the new business model of low-cost long-haul routes has paid off for us. Eurowings is now the fastest growing airline in Europe and is also seriously upping the ante on long-haul.”

Eurowings, however, will not only be expanding its long-haul operations in Düsseldorf. In addition to Cologne and Düsseldorf, Eurowings will soon be offering low-cost long-haul out of Munich as well. In summer 2018, three Eurowings Airbus A330 will start operating from Germany’s second largest airport. The first flight from Munich in April 2018 will take Eurowings’ customers to the American casino city of Las Vegas. Wagner says, “Pre-bookings for Munich are also growing nicely. Next year, overall Eurowings will offer its customers significantly more than a million long-haul seats at very attractive prices.”

Eurowings has already risen to the number one spot in the most densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This year, the airline, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has replaced its fleet of Bombardier 90-seaters (CRJ 900) with 16 brand-new Airbus A320, each of which has space for up to 180 passengers. As a result, Eurowings has almost doubled the capacity at its Düsseldorf base within a short space of time. Wagner stresses, “With our new long-haul offering we will expand our leading position in Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Cologne/Bonn, 09.11.2017


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