Eurowings/Lufthansa Confusion

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  • AFlyingDutchman
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    In a previous Topic by transtraxman, which for some strange reason was reported as inappropriate and hence could no longer be referred to or replied to, he posted:

    Participant

    @These quotes are direct from the horse’s mouth……..

    “Lufthansa Group informs investors and analysts at its Capital Markets Day”, (24/06/2019)
    “…… Eurowings to focus on short-haul services in future…..”

    https://investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/en/news/financial-news/investor-relations-financial-news/date/2019/06/24/lufthansa-group-informs-investors-and-analysts-at-its-capital-markets-day.html

    “Lufthansa Group will expand tourist-oriented long-haul program from Frankfurt and Munich in summer 2020″, (07/08/2019)”
    “We are continuing to expand Lufthansa Group’s long-haul program together with Eurowings”……”We will therefore be expanding our long-haul program from Munich and Frankfurt in cooperation with Eurowings”……”Lufthansa will support the marketing of the new Eurowings long-haul destinations”…..

    https://newsroom.lufthansagroup.com/english/newsroom/all/lufthansa-group-will-expand-tourist-oriented-long-haul-program-from-frankfurt-and-munich-in-summer-2/s/40f37f2a-91b2-44ae-b83f-626f45321874

    There are just six weeks between the two press releases. In the second release there is no mention at all about the short and medium haul business of Eurowings. Does that mean that Eurowings has done an about turn to focus more on long haul flights? The first release implied a cut back on long-haul operations while the second obviously says the opposite.@

    I have since received the following in a news letter from Lufthansa adding to the confusion about Eurowings Longhaul service, which I guess is now staying in place (surprised by Barbados as Lufthansa used to sell seats on Condor on that route).

    Lufthansa, in cooperation with Eurowings, is offering you many new long-haul destinations. From the end of October 2019, there will be flights from Frankfurt am Main to Windhoek, Las Vegas and the Caribbean island of Barbados. In addition, Eurowings will take over existing services from Frankfurt am Main to Mauritius and Bangkok.

    And in summer 2020, there will be more new destinations in the timetable. You will then also be able to fly to Las Vegas and Orlando from Munich. Or travel from Frankfurt am Main to Anchorage in Alaska or Phoenix in Arizona. Get to know the world’s variety!

    Seats in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class will be available on all flights and, from mid-March 2020*, you will also have the choice of Business Class seats. You can book this Business Class now. And right from the start you will enjoy the usual Lufthansa standard of service and comfort.

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    Jenni Reid
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    I did put this apparent contradiction to Lufthansa last week…they responded:

    “There will be Eurowings long-haul flights in the future – the current reorientation [discussed in July] concerns only the organisation and commercial responsibility (and flight planning) of Eurowings long-haul flights, which are to be transferred to the Lufthansa Group’s network management.

    “The division of responsibilities within the Lufthansa Group remains: Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian are responsible for the hubs, while Eurowings and Brussels Airlines for all other/‘decentralised’ airports, such as Düsseldorf and Brussels.

    “With the exception of Eurowings’ long-haul flights from Frankfurt and Munich (such as those announced today) from winter 2019/20 onwards, nothing will change for Eurowings/Brussels Airlines’ sales operations: the commercial management of Eurowings/Brussels Airlines’ long-haul services (outside the hubs) will continue to be handled by the Eurowings ‘Long-haul Competence Center’ in Brussels.”

    Does sound to me like something changed behind the scenes, though.


    IanFromHKG
    Participant

    Lufthansa, in cooperation with Eurowings, is offering you many new long-haul destinations. From the end of October 2019, there will be flights from Frankfurt am Main to Windhoek, Las Vegas and the Caribbean island of Barbados. In addition, Eurowings will take over existing services from Frankfurt am Main to Mauritius and Bangkok.

    And in summer 2020, there will be more new destinations in the timetable. You will then also be able to fly to Las Vegas and Orlando from Munich. Or travel from Frankfurt am Main to Anchorage in Alaska or Phoenix in Arizona. Get to know the world’s variety!

    Seats in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class will be available on all flights and, from mid-March 2020*, you will also have the choice of Business Class seats. You can book this Business Class now. And right from the start you will enjoy the usual Lufthansa standard of service and comfort.

    So, if I read this correctly, Eurowings, an LCC, is flying long-haul and offering “the usual Lufthansa standard of service and comfort” or, to put it in other words, the same product as premium carrier Lufthansa.

    Did someone at LH headquarters drink something they shouldn’t? Or are passengers genuinely in for a cut-price Lufthansa-quality product??

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