With airline activity starting to peak for the summer season, Eurowings Discover launched its first direct flight from Munich to Las Vegas on Sunday, March 27.
Flight #4Y56 departed Munich Airport (MUC) at 1310 and arrived at Las Vegas Airport (LAS) on March 27 at 1524, 11 minutes early.
The inaugural flight was operated with an Airbus A330-343, a six-year-old aircraft that was previously with Edelweiss Air, also a Lufthansa company, prior to being transferred to Eurowings Discover in 2021.
Eurowings Discover has a fleet of 10 Airbus A330 aircraft it operates to long-haul leisure destinations. Photo: Eurowings Discover
The Airbus A330 is the aircraft of choice for Eurowings Discover’s longhaul network
According to Planespotters, Eurowings Discover has a total fleet of six Airbus A320-200, three Airbus A330-200 and seven A330-300 aircraft, with an average age of 12 years.
While this was the first flight from Munich to Las Vegas, it was back in May 2021 that the airline flagged it would be launching the route in time for the 2022 northern summer season. The current schedule is for twice-weekly services, departing Munich on Friday and Saturday and returning on Saturday and Thursday.
Eurowings Discover, not to be confused with sister company Eurowings, was formed in early 2021 as the long-haul, leisure airline of the Lufthansa Group. As Lufthansa navigated its way through COVID it saw a niche in the market for an economical but full-service carrier, a model the parent airline could not offer.
Eurowings Discover passengers can benefit from direct connections and seamless transfers through the Lufthansa network and flights can be booked on both lufthansa.com and eurowings.com booking platforms.
The initial Munich to Las Vegas flight carried four flight numbers – Eurowings Discover 4Y56, Austrian Airlines OS8477, Lufthansa LH4388 and SWIS International LX9326.
Unsurprisingly, Eurowings Discover focuses on out-of-the-ordinary holiday destinations, with its long-haul 2022 summer schedule including flights to Anchorage, Cancun, Kilimanjaro, Montego Bay, Mauritius, Punta Cana, Victoria Falls and Zanzibar.
Another recent launch was from Munich or Frankfurt to Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic, a beachgoer’s paradise that’s also steeped in history. First glimpsed by Christopher Columbus in 1492, who named the area the ‘Silver Port’ because of the clouds shimmering over Mount Isabel de Torres.
Eurowings Discover’s booking platform shows flight 4Y 6 leaving Frankfurt at 1100 and arriving in Puerto Plata at 1820 and returning at 2355 to arrive in Frankfurt at 1530 the next day.
It might be low-cost but Eurowings Discover is definitely full-service
Eurowings Discover is using the Airbus A330 on its extensive long-haul leisure network. Photo: Eurowings Discover
Demonstrating its full-service ethos, the airline offers economy, premium economy and business class travel, a welcome feature on flights such as Frankfurt-Puerto Plata with a flying time of around 13 hours. Passengers can also use the Miles & More frequent flyer program on the Eurowings Discover low-cost flights.
Other destinations on Eurowings Discover’s summer schedule include Salt Lake City, Male, Panama City, Tampa, Halifax, Calgary and Windhoek. Munich Airport is also happy to see the airline locating its second hub there and flying to around 25 popular tourist spots with up to five aircraft based at MUC.
Interestingly, Eurowings Discover is often considered Lufthansa’s answer to Condor, an airline it once had shares in before selling the holding to Thomas Cook Group. Condor serves around 29 destinations from Munich, with 14 weekly flights to Mallorca in Spain, so the two airlines will be a familiar sight at the Munich airport.
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