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
(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.