MIAMI – Eurowings Discover (4Y) obtained its AOC (Air Operator Certificate) on June 16 and is ready to fly German tourists to summer holiday destinations.

The Frankfurt-based startup airline is now ready to fly with its own wings and is set to perform its inaugural flight on July 24 between Frankfurt (FRA) and Mombasa (MBA), and onward to Zanzibar (ZNZ), served by a twice-weekly flight. Other seven destinations include Punta Cana (PUJ) with three weekly flights from August and Windhoek (WDH) with five flights per week from August.

According to a Lufthansa (LH) press release, October will see the start of three weekly flights to Las Vegas (LAS) and Mauritius (MRU). The 2021 Winter schedule will propose three weekly services to Bridgetown (BGI), Montego Bay (MBJ), and Varadero (VRA) with a planned expansion to short and medium-haul flights to the Canary Islands, Egypt, and Morocco.

Eurowings Discover Airbus 320-200 D-AIZQ – Photo : Pablo Gonzales/Airways

Continental, Long-haul Service

Before starting its own long-haul flights, expected at the end of July, 4Y will operate some continental services for the LH Group airline Italian Air Dolomiti (EN) under a wet-lease agreement. These operations are to kickstart 4Y’s beginning of long-distance destinations.

Eurowings’ fleet will consist of 11 aircraft for the running year, with plans to grow to 21 by mid-2022. The type-mix will be composed of ten A320 and 11 A330, all drawn from the LH Group fleet pool.

"We have built an airline in just one year – an ambitious goal that we have achieved with the great support from the entire Lufthansa Group." Wolfgang Raebiger, Eurowings CEO Click To Tweet

With the new airline being fully integrated into the LH booking system, travelers will be able to book services, at first under LH flight code to be changed to 4Y during the week of the inaugural flight, set for July 24.

“The timing could not be better. People can finally travel again and we are all set to fly them to the world’s most beautiful destinations,” commented 4Y CEO Wolfgang Raebiger.

Featured image: Eurowings Discovery Airbus A330-200 D-AXGD. Photo: John Leivaditis/Airways