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Eurowings starts long-distance flights from Cologne

The first Eurowings Airbus A330-200 with registration mark D-AXGA took off yesterday at 11:20 with the destination of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is the first of six long-distance route destinations served by the new Eurowings winter flight schedule 2015/2016.  Alongside Varadero, and Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, the long-distance programme also serves Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, as well as Dubai, UAE. 

The first flights to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata will both begin on 7 November. Flights to Phuket and Dubai will depart on 18 December for the first time. The first flight to Bangkok starts 20 December.  The departure airport for all these long-distance routes is Cologne/Bonn Airport.  

“Today is a great day for Eurowings. We are enjoying the premiere of our first long-distance flights and are happy to present the first A330 with a new cabin and an extremely modern in-flight entertainment system to our customers,” said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chairman of the Lufthansa Passage Board. „Eurowings combines attractive prices with an innovative product concept and high quality. The number of incoming bookings to date significantly surpasses our expectations. All first flights are already booked out – this shows: our Eurowings appeals to our guests“, Garnadt added.  

The cabin configuration of the Eurowings Airbus A330-200 offers seating for 310 passengers, including 21 seats in the BEST area, 46 seats in the More Comfort area and 243 seats, which can be booked as SMART and BASIC tariffs. The BEST tariff for discerning travellers can be booked from 249.99 euros, and includes a premium seat in the exclusive front area of the cabin. Two pieces of hand luggage and two checked bags up to 23 kg each are included in the price. The complete WINGS on-board bistro is also included, and miles may be collected as well. Customers booked in the BEST tariff also receive priority check-in, priority boarding and they can change or cancel their bookings at no cost.   

A flight with the SMART tariff includes seat reservation, one piece of hand luggage and one checked bag up to 23 kg, and starts at 149.99 euros per ticket.  A warm and a cold meal with a soft drink or water are included in the SMART tariff, and miles can be collected for the flight. The flight can be changed or cancelled at no extra cost, and customers with a SMART tariff are also flexible on board. Further extras, for example meals from the WINGS on-board bistro, can also be booked on top. For customers who only want to book a flight, there is the BASIC tariff from 99.99 euros, which includes hand luggage and water. In the event that one spontaneously decides on-board, further extras can be booked as well, for example products from the WINGS on-board bistro or a seat reservation.  

For a surcharge of only 50 euros with the SMART tariff and 90 euros more in BASIC tariff, the possibility of booking the More Comfort option is additionally available. The MORE COMFORT option offers a reserved seat with 10 centimetres more leg room and five centimetres more backrest inclination, along with a blanket and pillow.  In the BASIC tariff a meal is served on board as well.  

The ultra-modern inflight entertainment system with a wireless portal for personal devices such as smart phones or tablets is a highlight of the cabin fittings. Customers on our flights can enjoy the digital entertainment program WINGS Entertain on Board via individual HD monitors on each seat. This includes a broad offering of approximately eighty films and series, including eight current blockbusters, twelve popular cinema films, as well as sixty TV series and documentaries. “We are delighted to be able to offer our guests inflight entertainment of the latest technical standard, which provides a selection of current and popular films and series, internet access and use of own devices during the flight,” said Oliver Wagner, new Eurowings Chief Commercial Officer.  

Access to the WINGS Connect wireless portal can be booked at a surcharge in all tariffs.  In the BEST tariff all WINGS entertainment content is included, in the SMART and BASIC tariffs it can be added to your booking for only 9.90 euros.  The special entertainment program for children ensures that younger passengers will not get bored. Children’s series, songs and games for children are available to children in all tariff groups at no extra cost.

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