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Eurowings Discover is Granted Air Operator Certificate

Eurowings Discover was granted an Air Operator Certificate on June 16, 2021. The carrier’s inaugural flight will take place on July 24th with service from Frankfurt to Mombasa with continuing service to Zanzibar.


Eurowings Discover Airbus A330 - Courtesy Lufthansa

On Wednesday (June 16, 2021), the Lufthansa Group announced that Eurowings Discover received its Operator Certificate from the German Federal Aviation Authority. The leisure airline will operate its first flight on July 24, 2021, with service from Frankfurt to Mombasa and onward service to Zanzibar. Additional destinations for summer 2021 include Punta Cana, Windhoek, Las Vegas and Mauritius. Eurowings Discover is the first airline in Germany to receive an unlimited permit under a new aviation law requirement known as partial CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization).


In Wednesday’s announcement, Eurowings Discover’s CEO, Wolfgang Raebiger, said,


“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. 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, a motivated team and in close cooperation with the German Federal Aviation Authority. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to everyone.”



During August, Eurowings Discover will offer two weekly frequencies to Mombasa/Zanzibar as well as three weekly flights to Punta Cana and five weekly flights to Windhoek. From October, the carrier will offer three weekly flights to both Las Vegas and Mauritius. For Winter 2021, Eurowings Discover will add three weekly frequencies each to Bridgetown, Montego Bay and Varadero. Additionally, from November the airline’s schedule will include short and medium-haul flights to the Canary Islands, Egypt and Morocco.


Before the start of service at the end of July, Eurowings Discover will operate select continental flights on wet-lease for Lufthansa Group airline, Air Dolomiti, to gradually ramp up operations for a smooth long-haul launch. The new airline’s fleet will include 11 aircraft in 2021, growing to 21 by the middle of 2022, including 10 Airbus A320s and 11 Airbus A330s, all from the Lufthansa Group fleet pool. With the benefit of Lufthansa’s feeder network, travelers will benefit from convenient end-to-end booking processes and seamless connectivity.


Eurowings Discover is the Lufthansa Group’s new leisure airline and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The carrier’s IATA code is 4Y, and the airline operates in its own commercial and operational responsibility. Eurowings Discover offers a range of short, medium and long-haul flights, complementing Lufthansa’s tourist offering from its German hubs. With matched offers from SWISS and Edelweiss, the Lufthansa Group has successfully operated this combined business model for many years at the Group's Zurich hub.



Source: Lufthansa Group