Lufthansa Cargo to sell capacity on Eurowings’ new long-haul operations
03 / 03 / 2016
Lufthansa Cargo will begin to sell the belly space of sister company Eurowings’ recently launched long-haul flights.
Lufthansa Cargo said it would begin selling the space on Eurowings’ flights from Cologne/Bonn to the Caribbean (Varadero, Cancun, Dominican Republic) and Thailand (Phuket, Bangkok) from March 27.
Eurowings is in the process of expanding from a short-haul operator to offering long-haul services with flights to the Caribbean and Thailand launched last year. It has also been taking over the services of short-haul operator Germanwings.
However, its long-haul operations have had a troubled start. Late last year its new long-haul operations came under criticism because of delays to flights as a result of technical problems and the fact it only had two long-haul A330-200s. Eventually it plans to have a fleet of seven A330s.
As a result of the issues it faced, reports suggest it moved back plans to launch flights to Boston and Miami and put on hold a service to Tehran.
Parent company Lufthansa also had to take control of a flight to its third long-haul destination, Dubai, the report said.
Lufthansa Cargo board member of with responsibility for product and sales Alexis von Hoensbroech said: “By integrating Eurowings’ belly capacities, the services we provide our customers become all the more attractive.
“Eurowings’ growing network is an ideal complement to our previous connections.”
Eurowings chief executive Oliver Wagner added: “Lufthansa Cargo is the leading cargo airline in Europe and has extensive experience in marketing the belly capacities of passenger airlines.
“This collaboration will help us make optimum use of the cargo holds on our long-haul jets.”