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Eurowings goes to America from Cologne to the East Coast of the US

In the bid to develop and expand its long-haul network, Eurowings is targeting the world’s largest aviation market, North America. Six month after the initial launch phase, with two Airbus A330 long-haul aircrafts, the Eurowings intercontinental fleet has gained visible reinforcements. Eurowings is using the arrival of its fourth long-haul Airbus aircraft to expand its offer of direct budget flights on US routes.

The airline's first North American destination from Cologne/Bonn is Boston, one of the USA's oldest, most prosperous and culturally rich cities. The popular metropolis is considered to be an ideal starting point for discovering other top destinations such as New York, Philadelphia and Washington. Eurowings is thus offering customers a direct connection from North Rhine Westphalia to the East Coast of the US at prices starting from EUR 144.99 for the very first time. Debut flight number EW186 took off on a westward course from Cologne/Bonn at 13.25 on Wednesday. According to the flight schedule, the plane will touch down at Logan International Airport (BOS) at 15.30 local time.  

Whether short- or long-haul flights, today's customers are looking mainly for cheap air fares and preferably direct flight connections without changes. A representative survey conducted by the Wahlen Research Group illustrated that these two criteria are currently considered the most important when choosing a flight. As a result, the airline, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, is specifically expanding its offer of low-cost direct flights not only in European travel but also on long-haul routes. Eurowings is therefore the first airline in the heart of Europe to transfer the low-cost business model, which is increasingly preferred in air travel, from short- to long-haul.  

Oliver Wagner, CEO of Eurowings, says, "By offering low-cost direct flights, we are following a strong trend, one which is also quickly being confirmed by our customers on long-haul routes. The new long-haul flights to popular holiday destinations such as Thailand or Cuba are more than 90 percent booked." The programme at Cologne/Bonn airport will therefore continue to grow in the coming weeks and months. Eurowings will add its next US destination, Miami, to the flight schedule from 1 September 2016.

The metropolitan area in the Sunshine State of Florida lures holidaymakers with its glorious sunshine, long sandy beaches and easy-going atmosphere all year round and can now be booked on the website at www.eurowings.com for as little as EUR 179.99.  

By the time of the next summer flight schedule, another three long-haul aircraft will be stationed at Eurowings' home base in Cologne/Bonn. Then, with a total of seven jets, the airline will be able to offer the most attractive long-haul destinations for North Rhine Westphalia. The plan for this Lufthansa subsidiary is to further expand its presence with new long-haul destinations next year.

"As a result, Eurowings will become even more attractive for cost-conscious holidaymakers and leisure travellers," says CEO Oliver Wagner confidently. "What's more, each new addition of an A330, which consequently enlarges the fleet, brings us greater flexibility and a larger buffer in the system. It will also enable us to bring the reliability and punctuality of our new long-haul routes to a level that customers rightly expect of us."  

With more than 3,000 scheduled departures a week, Eurowings is one of Europe's most punctual airlines. Even on long-haul routes, the reliability and punctuality of flight operations has improved significantly following a challenging launch phase with only two long-haul jets. Since Eurowings started to add its long-haul flights, almost 90 percent of all passengers have arrived at their destination less than 60 minutes late.

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