PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7094 posts, RR: 76 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10644 times:
According to a rumor on a German aviation forum, Germanwings is planning to start long-haul flights from CGN with two used A340-300 aircraft (ex-Virgin Atlantic) in all-Economy configuration. Kuala Lumpur is mentioned as first destination - allegedly an attempt to prevent Air Asia X from entering the market.
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7158 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 10431 times:
IF true (which is very doubtful) I would also see this as an attempt against AB/LT which will start longhaul flights from DUS. LH has no longer DE for cheap longhaul flights so 4U is the only choice for this, enough A340 pilots are there that could be transfered to 4U and LHT can take care of maintenance. It is possible but still I have my doubts.
Nevertheless a 4U A340 would be a good looking aircraft - at least from the outside
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
Airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 923 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9773 times:
As much as it sounds a bit like an April Fools joke to me, it would make some sense to me if we look at the strategy of Lufthansa so far: Focus on their hubs FRA, ZRH (via Swiss) and MUC plus to some extent DUS for high-yield premium traffic and concentrate lowcost traffic elsewhere via their subsidiary Germanwings. The fact that they are basing three A340s in DUS next spring is clearly addressing competition from US carriers now flying direct to smaller airports in Europe from their hubs and to Air Berlin / LTU who already have a number of direct longhaul flights, in particular out of DUS. The idea to let Germanwings operate a number of A340s on touristic lower-yield routes would rather take a piece of the cake away from Emirates / Etihad and other Middle East carriers offering cheap deals to Southeast Asia than from Lufthansa´s own customer base. Plus it would be a clear signal to Air Asia X, Oasis etc. who might at some point open flights to Germany: "hey guys, we are watching you and ready to react or even act before you get flights started". Lufthansa has the expertise to operate longhaul flights and could easily transfer a couple of crews to Germanwings to get things started quickly.
Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2444 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9502 times:
This is nothing but nonsense just like the other thread on about the Dubai-Szczecin route by Emirates. There was a huge airliners.de community meet in HAM yesterday and some of the guys there used my and other users' logins to spread these two rumours that were some sort of running gags during the long and interesting evening. So simply forget about it ... I am very sorry for any confusion caused by this.
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