The airline Eurowings Discover will no longer use Air Baltic's wet lease services in the 2022/23 winter flight schedule. However, the three Airbus A350s operated by Finnair will continue to operate on the Lufthansa subsidiary's route network.
Air Baltic has been flying for a few months with two Airbus A220-300 from Munich on behalf of Eurowings Discover. The capacity is not required in the 2022/23 winter flight schedule. However, the Latvian carrier was able to land a larger order from sister company Swiss. You will with six A220-300 fly for the Swiss carrier. A spokeswoman for Eurowings Discover explained with regard to the wet lease: "There are no plans to extend the Air Baltic wet lease in winter 22/23".
A few days ago it was announced that Edelweiss Air and Eurowings Discover with Bernd Bauer a joint managing director in the future will have in personal union. This change in leadership has already caused numerous rumors to circulate. For example, there is speculation that the two airlines could be merged, that a hiring freeze was imposed on Eurowings Discover or that the young leisure airline should even be completely put to the test.
When asked about the truthfulness of this industry whisper, a spokeswoman replied to Aviation.Direct: “With Eurowings Discover, the Lufthansa Group is continuing to strengthen and expand its tourism expertise in the German market. Eurowings Discover was designed in the same way as the successful Edelweiss model in Switzerland and has established itself very successfully on the market within a year. Both airlines will continue to advance their positioning in their respective markets and expand the tourism offer for the group".
The media officer countered the claims that Eurowings Discover would no longer hire new employees: “Eurowings Discover continues to fill vacancies in the cockpit, cabin and administration. The next regular Recruiting Day in the cabin will take place on October 11.10th. held in Frankfurt. All aircrew vacancies are listed here: https://www.career.aero/discover. Vacancies in administration can be found on the Lufthansa Group career portal.
Summer 2023: Currently no wet lease plans
Three Finnair Airbus A350s and two Air Baltic Airbus A220-300s are currently flying for Eurowings Discover. In the 2022/23 winter timetable, the use of wet lease aircraft will be reduced to the three long-haul aircraft. The spokeswoman said: "We had already confirmed at the beginning of August that it is currently planned to extend three Airbus A350s within the existing wet lease agreement between Eurowings Discover and Finnair until the end of the winter flight schedule 22/23".
No ACMI contracts have yet been concluded for the 2023 summer timetable. It is currently still completely open whether Eurowings Discover will use aircraft from other airlines again or whether it will carry out all flights itself. According to the spokeswoman, “there are currently no plans” for any wet leases in the summer of 2023.