New leisure airline Eurowings Discover is ready for take-off

Airbus A330 Eurowings Discover; Image by Lufthansa Group Airbus A330 Eurowings Discover; Image by Lufthansa Group

Receiving its operating license (AOC), the young start-up airline Eurowings Discover is ready to begin first flight.

Eurowings Discover is the new leisure airline of the Lufthansa Group. With the IATA code 4Y, the airline operates flights in its own commercial and operational responsibility. Eurowings Discover complements Lufthansa offering a wide choice of attractive destinations from short to long-haul services. For instance, Lufthansa Group has successfully operated this combined business model at the Zurich hub with the offer from SWISS and Edelweiss. German Federal Aviation Authority issued the certificate on 16 June. The announcement followed news about the group’s continuous fleet modernisation and restructuring of its operations.

The new leisure airline takes off

Eurowings Discover takes off on July 24 from its home base in Frankfurt am Main (FRA). The inaugural flight destination will be Mombasa with onward service to Zanzibar. The flight schedule will gradually expand to more long-haul destinations. Firstly, Punta Cana and Windhoek in August, with Las Vegas and Mauritius in October. In addition, the airline will add more destinations in the winter schedule: Bridgetown, Montego Bay and Varadero. Finally, the flight program will expand from November to include medium-haul flights to the Canary Islands, Egypt and Morocco.

Unified fleet and booking

Before the start of long-haul operations, new leisure airline plans to operate selected continental flights. For those, aircraft will be used as a wet-lease from also group’s airline Air Dolomiti (EN). After that, from July, it will gradually ramp up operations and ensure a smooth start on long-haul routes.

Its fleet will consist of a maximum of 11 aircraft this year and will grow to 21 by the middle of next year (10 Airbus A320 and 11 Airbus A330). All aircraft are coming from the group’s fleet pool.

Thanks to full integration into the Lufthansa feeder network, travellers will benefit from end-to-end booking processes and seamless transfer traffic. All flights are already available on under Lufthansa flight number (LH), and the shift to “4Y” will happen on the week of the inaugural flight.

Eurowings Discover is also the first airline ever in Germany to receive an unlimited permit under a new aviation law requirement known as partial CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization).

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