Lufthansa Group to serve new holiday destinations over winter

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The airlines in the Lufthansa group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – will be even a more attractive option for winter holidaymakers and business travellers this winter. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the forthcoming 2016/2017 winter flight timetable, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer its customers precisely 19,838 flights each week around the world. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 255 destinations in 101 countries via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also via many point-to-point routes. These services will be supplemented by more than 18,000 code-sharing flights with some 30 partner airlines, offering passengers a network which almost spans the globe. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 30 October 2016 to Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Key news from the Lufthansa group airlines:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa lists a total of 194 destinations in its winter flight timetable and offers approximately 9,668 flights a week. There is some good news for travellers who love South Africa: Lufthansa is adding a service from Frankfurt to Cape Town (South Africa) to its flight timetable again this winter.  Starting on 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday bound for the port city near Table Mountain. This year-round service expands the Lufthansa Group’s multi-hub portfolio and perfectly complements the seasonal service previously operated out of Munich and Zurich in conjunction with Edelweiss.

Flights will also run to San Jose (USA) in Silicon Valley over winter, along with the attractive dream destinations of Mauritius, Malé (Maldives) and Cancún (Mexico). Lufthansa has significantly increased the number of connections to Nairobi (Kenya), Dallas (USA) and Poona (India).

Funchal (Madeira) is being added to the European programme, with a once-weekly flight to the city commencing on 29 October 2016. Thanks to mild weather all year round, the Portuguese island primarily attracts walkers during the winter season.

The list of new European destinations served out of Frankfurt also includes Tromsø (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland), with one flight to each per week. With these two new destinations and its existing twice-weekly service from Munich to Kittilä (Finland), Lufthansa will fly to three attractive tourist destinations in the far north of Europe. This region is gaining in popularity among winter sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers keen to see the northern lights. The summer destination of Tirana (Albania) will remain on the winter flight timetable, with daily flights to the city from Frankfurt. There will be an increase in the number of connections from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen and Wrocław (Poland) over winter.

A new year-round service to Marrakesh (Morocco) will be offered out of Munich. Lufthansa will start operating this route on 30 October, taking passengers to the Moroccan city twice a week. Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) will be added to the winter flight timetable as new destinations and there will be more frequent services to Los Angeles, Miami (both USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

Debrecen (Hungary), Odessa (Ukraine) and Porto (Portugal) will remain on the timetable. Passengers will be able to fly from Munich to the Polish city of Rzeszów this winter for the first time. There will also be additional weekly services to Ancona (Italy) and Graz (Austria). Twice as many flights will run to Malta.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

In winter 2016/2017, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in 56 countries. The Austrian carrier is stepping up its focus on tourist destinations over winter. For instance, a Boeing 767 will fly to the Cuban city of Havana once a week starting on 25 October. In addition, there will be direct flights from Vienna to the Maldives and Mauritius up to twice a week. The airline will offer as many as two weekly connections to Marrakesh and a once-weekly flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka in its winter flight timetable. With these additions, Austrian will address its strong seasonality and fly to an interesting range of sunny destinations in winter as well as in summer.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines will serve a large number of new destinations this winter. Starting on 6 March 2017, the Belgian airline will fly to the Indian metropolis of Mumbai from Brussels five times a week. The new service to Toronto (Canada), which was introduced during the last flight timetable period, will continue to run over winter.

There is good news for anyone looking to travel to Africa. The seating capacity on flights to the popular winter destinations of Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) will be increased and more frequent services to Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) will make it easier to travel to East Africa.

Compared with last winter, Brussels Airlines has significantly expanded its flight timetable, adding services from Brussels to Porto (Portugal), Naples (Italy), Belfast (Ireland), Nuremberg (Germany) and Nantes (France). On top of this, the airline is increasing its weekly flights to Lisbon (Portugal), Málaga, Tenerife (both Spain), Edinburgh (UK) and Billund (Denmark).

Eurowings

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Eurowings will further add to its growing list of services from Austria in the new winter flight timetable. For the first time, Eurowings Europe aircraft will fly from the new base in Salzburg to Zurich (Switzerland) six times a week, Geneva (Switzerland) three times a week, Brussels (Belgium) four times, Paris (France) five times and Hamburg (Germany) three times a week. There will be seven flights per week to Cologne-Bonn (Germany).

A host of attractive new destinations will be served out of Vienna this winter. Eurowings passengers will be able to fly to Málaga, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas twice a week or head to the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera (all Spain) once a week. Rome and Pisa will be added to the list of destinations in Italy. Passengers looking to soak up the Egyptian sun over winter can now fly from Vienna to Marsa Alam (Egypt) once a week. A new once-weekly service will also be available to Faro (Portugal). Passengers will also be able to fly to Nuremberg (Germany) eleven times a week over winter. Thanks to the expansion of the flight timetable at the new foreign base in Vienna, passengers will be able to reach 18 destinations for the first time.

During the winter season, the long-haul programme will be expanded with a once-weekly flight from Cologne to the Cuban capital of Havana. The first winter service from Cologne to Miami (USA) and back will also be introduced. This US destination was first included in the flight timetable in summer 2016. There will be more frequent long-haul services from Cologne to Varadero (Cuba), Mauritius and Phuket (Thailand).

The destinations of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (both Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal) will be added to the list of flights out of Düsseldorf. Passengers will be offered new services from Hamburg to Tenerife and Fuerteventura (both Spain) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, Eurowings will serve 91 destinations in 34 countries.

SWISS

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

In the forthcoming winter flight timetable, the new SWISS long-haul aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be used for flights to Miami and San Francisco for the first time. Starting on 3 March 2017, the new flagship will also fly to Singapore every day. This service is currently run three times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS will also step up its weekly connections to Hamburg, Berlin (both Germany), Cracow (Poland) and Belgrade (Serbia) in winter. Between 4 and 25 February 2017, SWISS will also offer a number of new scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and London City (UK) to meet the demand for attractive services catering for winter tourism. SWISS will use larger aircraft on flights to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia), Portugal (Lisbon) and Italy (Rome, Florence) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, SWISS will serve 100 destinations in 44 countries.

In addition to this, SWISS will offer connections to holiday destinations around the world in conjunction with its partner Edelweiss during the winter season 2016/2017. More frequent flights will be offered to the Canary Islands. For the first time, there will be five flights a week to Tenerife, four to Gran Canaria and two to both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (all Spain). Passengers will also be able to fly to Seville (Spain) twice a week over winter for the first time.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Group offers new summer vacation destinations

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will be even more attractive this summer for business and leisure travellers alike. And, as always, customers can be assured of the top-notch service, the high quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the coming 2016 summer schedules, which enter into effect on 27 March, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer one of the most comprehensive networks of air services in the world, with over 23,140 weekly flights. Via their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels hubs, and also with numerous point-to-point connections, the Group’s airlines will serve 316 destinations in 101 countries (compared to 321 destinations in 103 countries in Summer 2015).

This vast range of services will be further supplemented by over 18,000 codeshare flights offered in collaboration with some 30 partner airlines to provide Lufthansa Group customers with a virtually worldwide air travel network. The 2016 summer schedules of all the member airlines of the Lufthansa Group are valid from Sunday 27 March to Saturday 29 October.

The main innovations, airline by airline:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa will serve 205 destinations with a total of around 10,712 weekly flights in its 2016 summer schedules. New to the intercontinental network is San Jose (USA), which receives five-times-weekly service from 1 July. The San Jose metropolitan region is home to some 3.3 million people. It is also located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, the domicile of countless top-flight companies from the IT and Internet world. Many major corporations in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and medicinal sectors are also based in the region, which is further home to the research laboratories of several car manufacturers.

San Jose is not only attractive to business travelers, though. It is also an ideal starting point for exploring Northern California. And as such it is an appealing alternative to San Francisco, which is just 70 kilometers away.

Lufthansa is also adding two new European destinations to its Frankfurt-based network: Alicante (Spain), which receives a new weekly service, and Tirana (Albania).

In addition to its Frankfurt services, Lufthansa will be offering new long-haul flights to Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) from its Munich hub. Denver will receive five weekly services from 11 May, while Tehran will enjoy thrice-weekly service from 4 July.

Lufthansa Munich is adding further leisure destinations this summer, too. The coming 2016 summer schedules bring new services to Santorini and Corfu (Greece) and Porto (Portugal). Porto will receive four-times-weekly service from 24 April, while the two Greek islands will each enjoy one weekly flight from Whitsun onwards.

Demand for travel to and from Eastern Europe is clearly on the rise. And in view of this, Lufthansa will be offering its first flights from Munich to Debrecen (Hungary) and Rzeszów in Southeast Poland. Odessa (Ukraine) also returns to the Munich-based network, served with two weekly flights from 31 March. Tallinn is yet another new destination available from Munich. Flights to the Estonian capital are being offered twice a day in conjunction with Adria Airways.

Lufthansa also plans to further expand its network in collaboration with its partner British Midland. In future, Lufthansa customers will be able to reach Southampton (UK), Norrköping (Sweden) and Bergamo in Lombardy (Italy) non-stop from Munich. And Rostock (Germany) will now receive six weekly flights.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Austrian Airlines will offer its customers an extensive network of 130 destinations in 55 countries in its 2016 summer schedules. Services include almost daily flights to all North American destinations: seven times weekly to New York, Washington, Toronto and Chicago, and six times weekly to Miami.

Austrian Airlines will also operate 31 weekly non-stop services from Vienna to Asia in its summer schedules: a five-times-weekly Boeing 767 service to Beijing, up to daily Boeing 777 services to Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo, and five weekly flights to Hong Kong.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines will serve no fewer than nine new destinations in its summer schedules. Toronto (Canada) joins the growing long-haul network, served five times a week from the end of March. The new service also offers numerous onward domestic connections from and to Toronto, thanks to Brussels Airlines’ close collaboration with Star Alliance partner Air Canada. Accra (Ghana), to which service was launched this winter, remains in the network for the summer schedules.

Closer to home, Brussels Airlines continues to expand its summer services to holiday destinations and European regional airports. The new additions here for Summer 2016 include Nantes (France), Heraklion and Thessaloniki (Greece) and Jerez, Tenerife and Gran Canaria (Spain). The new service to Belfast (UK) City Airport, meanwhile, is a first within the Lufthansa Group.

Last but not least, Brussels Airlines will also have a new German destination, with a new six-times-weekly service on the Brussels-Nuremberg route. All in all, Brussels Airlines will operate some 815 European and 95 intercontinental flights a week this summer with its 50- aircraft fleet.

Eurowings

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Eurowings will serve 130 points in 41 countries in its 2016 summer schedules from its Berlin (Tegel), Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Vienna operating bases. Seven of these points are intercontinental destinations.

New to the Eurowings long-haul network will be Boston (USA) and Mauritius, both served from Cologne. The further long-haul destinations of Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand), Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and Varadero (Cuba) also receive their first summer Eurowings service.

New services will further be introduced from Cologne to Varna (Bulgaria), Mahon (Spain) and Brindisi (Italy), which will all be newly served from Düsseldorf, too. Two new points in Turkey – Bodrum and Samsun – will be served from Cologne, while Hanover-Antalya and Düsseldorf-Kutahya Zafer further expand Eurowings’ summer coverage of the Turkish travel market.

Eurowings Stuttgart will offer a new route to Pula (Croatia), while Cagliari (Italy) will be newly served from both Hamburg and Berlin. The Italian market will be further served by flights on the Vienna-Rome and Hamburg-Pisa routes. Summer-schedule destinations from Hamburg include Ibiza (Spain), while Eurowings Düsseldorf offers services to Edinburgh and East Midlands (UK), and to Lisbon (Portugal) and Kavala (Greece).

In further developments, Alicante (Spain) and Bastia (France) will be newly served from Düsseldorf and Vienna this summer. And flights from Vienna to Faro (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain) further supplement Eurowings’ extensive 2016 summer schedules.

SWISS

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

SWISS will be further adjusting its range of services from Zurich and Geneva in its 2016 summer schedules. Alicante (Spain) receives a new thrice-weekly service from Zurich, while the vacation destination of Lamezia Terme (Italy) will be served weekly from Geneva. The new schedules also see frequencies increased to various existing European and intercontinental destinations. And SWISS’s new flagship Boeing 777-300ER will be introduced onto a number of routes in the course of the timetable period. SWISS will serve 102 destinations in 46 countries in its new summer schedules.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Grupo Lufthansa: novos destinos de férias no próximo horário de voos

Courtesy: Airbus.

Cortesia: Airbus.

As empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa e SWISS – ficarão ainda mais atraentes para passageiros que viajam a lazer a partir do próximo horário de voos, pois a oferta das empresas será complementada principalmente com destinos turísticos ou de lazer, oferecendo o serviço de alto nível, a qualidade e a credibilidade inerentes ao Grupo.

No próximo horário de voos, que entrará em vigor a partir de 25 de outubro de 2015, as empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa oferecerão aos seus clientes uma das malhas aéreas mais densas do mundo, com mais de 20.380 voos semanais. Tanto em seus centros de distribuição Frankfurt, Munique, Zurique, Viena e Bruxelas, como em muitas rotas ponto a ponto, as empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa conectarão 261 destinos em 101 países (horário de voos do ano anterior: 260 destinos em 100 países). Além disso, mais de 18.000 voos compartilhados com cerca de 30 empresas aéreas parceiras complementam as respectivas ofertas de voos e, com isso, oferecem uma malha aérea praticamente mundial. Os horários de voos das respectivas empresas aéreas do grupo estarão em vigor de domingo, 25 de outubro de 2015, até sábado, 27 de março de 2016.

Em 2 de outubro também entrou em vigor o novo conceito de preços nas rotas domésticas e europeias da Austrian Airlines e da Lufthansa. Na Economy Class, os passageiros contam com as três opções individuais de preços “Light”, “Classic” e “Flex”. As diferentes opções de preços se distinguem principalmente quanto às possibilidades de reservas de assento prévias, alterações e estornos de reservas assim como franquia de bagagem. Desde o início das vendas em julho, a nova e vantajosa tarifa “Light” teve boa aceitação entre os clientes. Como transportadoras de qualidade, as empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa continuam oferecendo transporte gratuito de uma peça de bagagem de mão, petiscos e bebidas gratuitas a bordo, assento reservado por ocasião do check-in, além de milhas prêmio, status e seletivas.

As principais novidades das empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa:

Lufthansa

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

O próximo horário de voos da Lufthansa contém um total de 197 destinos e oferece ao todo cerca de 9.900 voos por semana. A Lufthansa está ampliando especialmente seu novo programa de voos intercontinentais voltados para passageiros que viajam a lazer. Nesse contexto, Tampa (Flórida), que já está sendo servido desde 25 de setembro, é o primeiro de vários novos destinos de férias que complementarão a malha aérea a partir de Frankfurt nos próximos meses. Nairóbi (Quênia) será incluído no horário de voos Lufthansa no final de outubro, seguido por Cancun (México), na maior parte por fretamentos, Male (Maldívias) e Ilhas Maurício no início de dezembro, além da Cidade do Panamá (Panamá) em março de 2016.

Ótima notícia para todos os fãs do Airbus A380: no novo horário de voos, a Lufthansa voará pela primeira vez para Hong Kong com seu avião símbolo. A oferta a partir de Luxemburgo também será ampliada: com 28 frequências semanais a partir de Frankfurt e 24 voos a partir de Munique, o país membro do Benelux será servido muito mais vezes do que até então.

O novo horário de voos oferecerá aos passageiros conexões entre Munique e Dusseldorf e entre Munique e Berlim-Tegel de hora em hora. A marcante frequência de hora em hora, já em vigor nos vos voos de Munique para Frankfurt e para Hamburgo, será estendida às cidades de Dusseldorf e Berlim. Os voos Lufthansa de Munique partirão de hora em hora no horário inteiro para Berlim e na metade da hora para Dusseldorf.

A Cidade do Cabo também voltará a ser conectada ao centro de distribuição Munique. A partir de 25 de outubro, o Airbus A340-800 com quatro classes decolará diariamente para a África do Sul. Além disso, os clientes Lufthansa terão como escapar do inverno europeu para dois destinos adicionais nas Ilhas Canárias. A rota Munique-Fuerteventura será inaugurada em 25 de outubro, seguida de Tenerife a partir de 31 de outubro. E para quem quer explorar um novo destino mais frio, terá a primeira oportunidade de voar nonstop de Munique para o maior e mais conhecido centro de esportes de inverno da Finlândia: a partir de 19 de dezembro de 2015, a Lufthansa voará todos os sábados para Kittilä, a 170 quilômetros ao norte do círculo polar. A estância de esqui Levi, próxima dali, é o maior centro de esportes de inverno da Lapônia.

Germanwings e Eurowings

Courtesy: Germanwings.

Cortesia: Germanwings.

A Germanwings e a Eurowings oferecerão amplo pacote de voos para 100 destinos em 36 países no novo horário 2015/16. Seis voos partirão para destinos intercontinentais. A Germanwings complementará sua oferta para Berlim com Berlim-Schönefeld. Ao todo 35 voos por semana passarão a decolar para Schönefeld de Colônia/Bonn e de Stuttgart. Com isso, a Germanwings será a primeira empresa aérea a voar de Colônia/Bonn e de Stuttgart para os dois aeroportos de Berlim, Tegel e Schönefeld.

No novo horário de voos, a Eurowings decolará pela primeira vez de sua nova base austríaca em Viena, de onde servirá nonstop os destinos europeus Barcelona, Palma de Maiorca e Londres. Em novembro de 2015, a nova Eurowings também inaugurará seus voos de longa distância a partir de Colônia/Bonn com o Airbus A330-200. O primeiro de um total de seis destinos intercontinentais será Varadero em Cuba. Os outros serão Phuket e Bancoc, na Tailândia, Dubai, assim como Puerto Plata e Punta Cana na República Dominicana.

SWISS

Courtesy: Boeing.

Cortesia: Boeing.

O novo avião símbolo da SWISS, o Boeing 777-300ER, fará sua estreia no novo horário de voos nos voos de linha da SWISS a partir de Zurique. No início de 2016, o novo avião de longa distância será operado na rota Zurique-Nova York (EUA). As frequências da malha aérea intercontinental para São Paulo (Brasil) e Miami (Flórida) serão aumentadas no início do novo horário de voos. A SWISS também ampliará sua oferta sazonal de Genebra para a Rússia e para Portugal, totalizando 105 destinos em 49 países no novo horário de voos.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Cortesia: Austrian Airlines Group.

A Austrian Airlines oferecerá aos seus passageiros ampla oferta de até 130 destinos em 59 países no horário de voos 2015/16, dando mais ênfase aos destinos turísticos. O novo destino Miami (Flórida), por exemplo, será servido com até cinco voos semanais a partir de outubro. Os destinos Ilhas Maurício e Colombo (Sri Lanka) serão servidos uma vez por semana a partir de outubro. A partir de novembro de 2015, a empresa aérea austríaca servirá Marrakech (Marrocos) com um voo semanal. Com isso, a Austrian Airlines compensará a forte sazonalidade e oferecerá aos seus passageiros uma interessante seleção de destinos ensolarados tanto no inverno como no verão.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Cortesia: Brussels Airlines

A empresa aérea líder da Bélgica destacará mais uma vez sua posição de especialista em África com a introdução de um novo voo entre o aeroporto de Bruxelas e Gana a partir de 26 de outubro. A capital de Gana, Accia, será servida quatro vezes por semana. Os horários de voo oferecerão excelentes possibilidades de baldeação para a Alemanha, França, Grã-Bretanha, Itália, Suíça, Escandinávia e para os EUA.

No próximo horário de voos, a Brussels Airlines também ampliará sua oferta de voos dentro da Europa. Bremen será servida cinco vezes por semana a partir da capital europeia. Também Zagreb (6 voos por semana) e Billund (12 voos por semana) serão oferecidos pela primeira vez pela Brussels Airlines no horário de voos de final de ano. E, para finalizar, a Brussels Airlines tem uma boa notícia para todos os amantes do sol: as Ilhas Canárias Tenerife e Gran Canaria serão conectadas com o aeroporto de Bruxelas duas vezes por semana. Além da introdução de novos destinos, a Brussels Airlines também aumentará o número de voos em rotas já existentes. Os destinos Monróvia (Libéria), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) e Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) passarão a ser servidos com maior frequência.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Group opens up new winter holiday destinations

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The Lufthansa Group Airlines – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will become even more attractive for leisure travellers this winter, as the airlines are adding more destinations that appeal to tourists and leisure travelers to their schedules. As always, passengers can trust in the first-rate service, the quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

With the introduction of the new winter schedule on 25 October 2015, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will offer their customers one of the densest route networks worldwide, featuring more than 20,380 flights per week. This winter, via their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, as well as via many point-to-point routes, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will serve 261 destinations in 101 countries (previous year: 260 destinations in 100 countries). Furthermore, in cooperation with 30 partner airlines, more than 18,000 codeshare flights will round off the respective flight offering, giving passengers access to an almost global network. The winter schedules of the individual Group airlines will apply from Sunday 25 October 2015 until Saturday 27 March 2016.

From today, the new price concept on domestic German and European routes will also apply to Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa. In Economy Class, travellers can individually choose between the three graded fare options “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”. These options vary mainly with regard to the possibility of making advance seat reservations, re-booking or cancelling flights, and permitted free luggage allowances. Since tickets went on sale last July, the new low-priced “Light” fare option has proved popular with customers. For all options, the Lufthansa Group Airlines as a premier airline still permits one free item of hand baggage. Passengers are also offered free snacks and drinks on board, fixed seat allocation at the check-in counter as well as bonuses for “award miles”, “status miles” and “select miles”.

The most important news from the Lufthansa Group Airlines:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

This winter, Lufthansa will serve 197 destinations and operate a total of 9,900 flights per week. With the introduction of the winter schedule, Lufthansa is expanding its new

intercontinental flight offering, which is tailored to the needs of leisure travelers. Tampa (Florida), a new destination since 25 September, is the first of several new holiday destinations due to be added to the Lufthansa route network from Frankfurt in the coming months.

From the end of October, Nairobi (Kenya) will be included in the Lufthansa flight schedule, and at the beginning of December, Cancun (Mexico), served mainly by charter flights, Malé (Maldives) and Mauritius will follow, with Panama City rounding off the new timetable in March 2016.

Good news for all Airbus A380 fans: this winter, for the first time, Lufthansa will operate its flagship on the Frankfurt-Hong Kong route. Services from Luxembourg will also be expanded, and with 28 weekly flights from Frankfurt and 24 flights from Munich, the Benelux countries will be served much more frequently than before.

The new winter timetable will offer passengers an hourly connection from Munich to Dusseldorf and Berlin-Tegel. The easy-to-remember flight times, which already apply to connections from Munich to Frankfurt and Hamburg, will now be extended to Dusseldorf and Berlin. Lufthansa flights from Munich to Berlin will take off on the hour, and to Dusseldorf at half past the hour.

This winter, Cape Town will once again be connected with the Munich hub. From 25 October, the Airbus A340-600 in a four-class configuration will take off daily for South Africa. Lufthansa customers can also escape the cold winter weather and fly to new destinations in the Canary Islands. On 25 October, the new connection between Munich and Fuerteventura will be launched; on 31 October Tenerife will follow. Travelers in search of a new, cooler winter destination will also be able to fly non-stop from Munich to Finland’s largest and most famous winter sports center. From 19 December 2015, Lufthansa will take off every Saturday to Kittilä, 170 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The nearby skiing resort of Levi is the largest winter sports center in Lapland.

Germanwings and Eurowings

Courtesy: Germanwings.

Courtesy: Germanwings.

In the 2015/2016 winter timetable, Germanwings and Eurowings will offer a wide range of flights to 100 destinations in 36 countries, including intercontinental destinations. Germanwings flights to Berlin-Schönefeld will complement the carrier’s existing services to Berlin. A total of 35 flights per week will take off from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Germanwings will thus be the only airline flying from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

This winter, for the first time, the new Eurowings will take off from its new Austrian base in Vienna, from where it will operate non-stop services to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca andLondon. In November 2015, the airline will launch long-haul flights from Cologne/Bonn Airport with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The first of six intercontinental destinations will be Varadero in Cuba. Further destinations will be Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, Dubai as well as Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

SWISS

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

This winter, the new SWISS flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, will enter scheduled service on routes from Zurich. From January 2016, the new long-haul aircraft will be deployed on the Zurich-New York route. With the introduction of the winter timetable, SWISS will boost frequencies on its routes to Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Miami (Florida), and will also expand its services from Geneva to destinations in Russia and Portugal in order to meet seasonal demand. In total, SWISS will thus fly to 105 destinations in 49 countries this winter.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

In the 2015/2016 winter season, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of flights to as many as 130 destinations in 59 countries. The airline will focus on tourist destinations such as Miami (Florida), which will be served five times a week. From October, it will also offer flights to Mauritius and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and from November, toMarrakesh (Morocco). In response to seasonal demand, Austrian Airlines will thus offer its passengers an attractive range of sunny destinations in the winter as well as in summer.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Once again, Belgium’s leading airline is underlining its position as the Africa specialist with the launch on 26 October of a new connection between Brussels Airport and Ghana. From that date, the Ghanaian capital Accra will be served four times a week. The flight schedule offers ideal connections to Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the USA.

This winter, Brussels Airlines is also expanding its European flight schedule. The airline will fly to Bremen five times a week, while Zagreb (6 flights/week) and Billund (12 flights/week) will be served for the first time. Last but not least, Brussels Airlines has good news for sun-lovers. The Canary Islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria will be connected twice a week with Brussels Airport. As well as introducing new destinations, Brussels Airlines will increase frequencies on existing routes. During the winter months, more flights will therefore be available to Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Airbus: Tintin in “la ville Rose”

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

An A320 of Brussels Airlines with a special livery inspired by the Tintin comic book “Red Rackham’s treasure” has landed today at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The livery was unveiled at the airlines’ Brussels Airport home base in Belgium. The aircraft is named “Rackham” after one of Tintin’s most popular adventures.

The unique livery represents a great black shark, based on the shark shaped submarine invented by popular character Professeur Tournesol in the comic. The painting was carried out by aircraft paint artist Andre Eisele in Ostrava, Czech Republic and took 1,500 man hours in total. The special livery will remain until 2019.

Brussels Airlines is proud to be an ambassador taking Belgian culture around the world. The Tintin livery was developed with Moulinsart, who are custodians of Hergé’s oeuvre, the famous Belgian comic book artist who created Tintin.

Brussels Airlines operates a fleet including 32 Airbus aircraft, 24 single-aisle aircraft and 8 A330s. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and over 6,400 aircraft delivered.

Source: Airbus.

Lufthansa Group flying to 260 destinations this winter

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The airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and SWISS – are again offering their customers a dense and high-frequency route network in the upcoming 2014/2015 winter flight timetable, with 18,900 flights a week. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will be linking 260 destinations in 100 countries on four continents via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also with many point-to-point connections. Around 20,500 weekly code-share flights with other partner airlines extend the carriers’ respective programmes and enable single-source bookings. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 26 October 2014 to Saturday, 28 March 2015.

Thanks to the use of larger aircraft, the Group’s capacity in available seat-kilometres is increasing by 2.9 per cent compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the number of flights in the period of the timetable is going down by 2.9 per cent. On average, therefore, a Lufthansa Group aircraft is taking off somewhere around the world every 32 seconds. The individual route networks of the Group airlines are increasingly converging with one another. Almost all destinations are connected via a Lufthansa Group hub. End-to-end fares enable passengers to book multiple journeys with convenient and punctual connecting flights. 49 per cent of the nearly 105 million passengers a year now book a transfer connection via a Lufthansa hub. 19 European airports are even served by all five airlines in the Lufthansa Group.

Key news from the five Lufthansa Group airlines:

Lufthansa 

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This winter, Lufthansa is extending its route network to attractive new holiday destinations in warmer regions. After a break of over 15 years, Lufthansa is resuming flights to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands this winter. From 26 October, the new connection will take off from Munich to Gran Canaria every Sunday, and every Saturday during school holidays too. Also new in the winter months are flights from Munich to Split (Croatia) and Valencia (Spain). As of 2 October, Lufthansa also flies from Frankfurt to the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. This cultural city is situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in the Moroccan interior and can be reached in just under four hours with an Airbus A320 every Thursday and Sunday.

A further addition to the flight plan from Munich is Miami in Florida, the US sunshine state, which will now have a daily non-stop connection. Delhi, the Indian capital, will also get a daily service from Frankfurt with the Airbus A380. The Frankfurt-Luanda connection to the capital of Angola will be strengthened by a third weekly flight.

Starting on 15 December, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn will extend their joint AiRail product of fast ICE train connections to Frankfurt Airport from Karlsruhe and Kassel.

SWISS

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In the winter flight timetable 2014/2015, SWISS is adapting its flight plans to winter demand. As well as seasonal reductions of some flights, SWISS is increasing its capacity to popular holiday destinations. The long-haul route between Zurich and Miami is to receive four extra SWISS flights a week, taking the total to fourteen weekly connections. Services to São Paolo, the biggest city in Brazil, will also be increased by three flights a week this winter, taking the total to ten weekly connections. The flight timetable will also include a daily connection to Los Angeles again. In Geneva, SWISS is continuing many destinations from its summer flight timetable throughout the winter, including Copenhagen, Rome, Lisbon and Pristina.

Austrian Airlines 

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In its 2014/2015 winter flight schedule, Austrian Airlines is again offering its passengers a wide range of up to 100 destinations in 56 countries around the world. Following the successful introduction of Newark (USA) last July, Austrian Airlines will increase its weekly capacity from five flights to six flights a week as of April 2015, and to one flight a day from June. From June 2015, Austrian will therefore be flying daily to all its North American destinations. As a result of high demand in transit traffic, Austrian Airlines is also increasing the frequency of its flights to and from Chişinău from seven a week to a maximum of ten a week in the future.

Brussels Airlines

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Courtesy: Brussels Airlines.

Belgium’s largest airline is adding a new European destination to its winter flight timetable and improving many connections by adding additional flights: Riga, the capital of Latvia, will be served six times a week from Brussels as of 26 October. Riga is one of the most important cultural and economic centres in the Baltic region and is hosting the EU presidency in the first half of 2015.

Brussels Airlines is boosting its capacity with additional flights from Brussels to: Tel Aviv, Madrid, Marrakesh, Budapest, Geneva, Vilnius, Hanover and Bologna. Connections are also being improved to the African destinations of Douala, Yaoundé, Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura and Luanda.

Germanwings

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In its winter flight timetable, Germanwings is offering a total of 84 destinations from Berlin-Tegel, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart. Additional capacity will still focus on Düsseldorf, where Germanwings is taking over more routes from Lufthansa. There are new high-frequency connections from the Rhineland metropolis to Berlin (57 flights a week), London-Heathrow (33 flights a week) and Zurich (24 flights a week). Also new from Düsseldorf are flights to Málaga (two flights a week), Naples (three flights a week), Nice (two flights a week), Moscow (seven flights a week) and Rome (five flights a week). The transfer of Lufthansa routes to Germanwings will be completed on 8 January 2015 with Düsseldorf – Zurich. Germanwings is also introducing a completely new route, Düsseldorf – Istanbul, with two weekly flights. Its programme in the German capital is also being extended with the takeover of two Lufthansa flights a week between Berlin-Tegel and Tel Aviv. With one flight a week, the German airline is also launching a new connection from Cologne/Bonn to the Cypriot port of Larnaca.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.