The holiday airline Eurowings Discover plans to increase its fleet to 21 aircraft by the end of this year. A spokeswoman confirmed that there will be ten Airbus A320s and eleven A330s operated in-house.
During the high summer season, the Lufthansa subsidiary will be on the road with 18 aircraft. It will operate six Airbus A320s and ten A330s itself. Furthermore, two A220-300s are left from Munich under a wet lease agreement operated by Air Baltic. "If necessary, Finnair will be expanded by up to three Airbus A350s," said a spokeswoman. "By the end of the year, Eurowings Discover's own fleet will grow to 21 aircraft as planned."
Final is the Wet lease operation of three Finnair A350s not yet. The Oneworld member has already planned transfers to Frankfurt and Munich and with the Sale of one-way tickets started, but a media officer from Eurowings Discover explains: "We are currently in the final planning phase with Finnair as a possible wet lease partner for this summer. It is about the use of up to three Airbus 350 from Frankfurt and Munich, probably for the period from mid-May to the end of October. The decision and the exact form of the agreement have been announced for the coming days".
When asked whether other carriers will fly on behalf of Eurowings Discover this year, the company replied: "Apart from the agreements with Air Baltic and probably Finnair, no further wet leases are planned for 2022 at this point in time".
It is unclear whether further ex-SunExpress-Deutschland-A330s will be flown in
While the formerly of SunExpress Germany Airbus A330 operated for Eurowings with the registrations D-AXGB, D-AXGE and D-AXGF are in use at the latest Lufthansa offshoot, the identical aircraft D-AXGA, D-AXGC, D-AXGD and D-AXGG are still waiting better days. The last four machines are leased aircraft that are not owned by the Lufthansa Group. It is still unclear whether these will find their way to Eurowings Discover or whether the lessors can accommodate them elsewhere.
When asked why the four former SunExpress Germany long-haul aircraft mentioned - in contrast to D-AXGB, D-AXGE and D-AXGF - were not included in the fleet or whether they will join Eurowings Discover, the company spokeswoman answered vaguely: "The long-haul fleet Eurowings Discover will add another A2022 to a total of eleven A330s by the end of 330. The remaining A330 is planned for late summer 2022. All Eurowings Discover aircraft come from the Lufthansa Group fleet pool. The decision on which aircraft to be allocated from the Lufthansa Group fleet pool is made on the basis of numerous factors. These include, among other things, planned maintenance intervals, terms of possible leasing contracts and other equipment features in the cabin and technology.