Lufthansa will fly a handful of additional US routes starting in Summer 2020, bolstering the leisure-focuses service from its Munich hub. Las Vegas, Seattle, Detroit and Orlando will all see new flights from Bavaria. Bangalore, India will also see service from Munich as the carrier expands operations at the hub.
None of the flights will operate daily, a nod to the tourism-oriented focus of the routes.
- Seattle will fly 6x weekly starting 1 June 2020 on an A350-900
- Detroit will fly 5x weekly starting 4 May 2020 on an A350-900
- Bangalore will fly 5x weekly starting 31 March 2020 on an A350-900
- Las Vegas will fly 2x weekly starting 6 April 2020, operated by a Eurowings A330
- Orlando will fly 3x weekly starting 7 April 2020, operated by a Eurowings A330
Additionally, the carrier will launch summer service from Frankfurt to Anchorage (3x weekly, beginning 1 June 2020) and Phoenix (5x weekly, beginning 29 April 2020), also operated by Eurowings.
Lufthansa Group is significantly increasing its commitment at the Munich hub and continuing its expansion to a hub for Asia with the addition of Bangalore. At the same time, Lufthansa Group is one of Europe’s largest providers of holiday travel. Demand in this area in particular is rising sharply. We will therefore be expanding our long-haul program from Munich and Frankfurt in cooperation with Eurowings in addition to the offers that have already been planned for Fall 2019. Lufthansa’s feeder flights and the Frankfurt and Munich hubs will make it even easier for our passengers to reach the most beautiful places in the world in future.– Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chief Commercial Officer Network Airlines
Eurowings long-haul: Not dead yet!
Of particular interest is the continued use of Eurowings in the new long-haul markets. In a late June investor update the Group indicated that Eurowings would “exit long-haul business” with a plan to “transfer commercial responsibility for long-haul business to Network Airlines” beginning with the winter 2019/2020 schedule. Exactly how today’s announcements fit with that plan and the overall timing remains unclear.
Indeed, Eurowings CEO Thorsten Dirks describes the new routes as “demonstrating once more how we combine the strengths of the two airlines to the benefit of our customers: with a product range tailored to holidaymakers and families and with a fresh, modern, innovative on-board product from Eurowings – supported by Lufthansa’s marketing and sales power.”
Needless to say, just what any of this means over the longer term is yet to be conclusively demonstrated by the Group. A request to the company for clarification remains pending.