Thorsten Dirks, Eurowings CEO said that Star Alliance member Brussels Airlines could operate long-haul flights for Eurowings from Düsseldorf, Germany. The low-cost carrier plans to use the Belgian airline competence and air operator’s certificate without changes to their business portfolio. Eurowings CEO hinted that Brussels Airlines may operate flights to the US.
Eurowings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group that took over 100% of SN Airholding, the parent company of Brussels Airlines. The deal aims to fully integrate the Belgian airline into Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group in 2018.
At present, Eurowings’ long-haul fleet is comprised of six Airbus A330-200s and a seventh one is expected in December. It will be used immediately for scheduled services. The Airbus aircraft are part of a wet-lease contract with SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
The LCC plans to add another two former Lufthansa A340-330s and lease a Boeing 767-300ER from Swiss company PrivatAir to increase its long-haul fleet capacity.