We have to admit to have always been sceptical about the concept of low cost long-haul travel. Whilst the concept has been much talked about and there have been a number of low cost long-haul carriers in Asia Pacific (such as Qantas offshoot JetStar), it has not gained traction in Europe.
That is until now. Norwegian has established a small base at London Gatwick (albeit this has not translated into financial success for Norwegian). And now Lufthansa has launched a low cost long-haul carrier under the name Eurowings.
It will be based in Cologne and initially offer flights to Bangkok, Phuket, Dubai, Varadero and Punta Cana. Flights will launch from late October 2015 and connections are available from London Heathrow and other UK cities.
Flights will be operated with Airbus A330 aircraft.
The airline will offer three types of fares:
The “basic” fare is for the flight only, with the option to purchase additional services such as checked luggage, catering and preferred seating.
The “smart” fare includes checked baggage, catering and the option to purchase extra leg-room seating.
The “best” fare includes seating in a larger seat that is akin to a premium economy product and priority check-in and boarding. Seat back in flight entertainment and WiFi is available to all passengers.
Note that the cost of extras can vary by ticket type and some extras are quite steep. For example, a second checked bag for a passenger travelling on a basic or smart fare will cost €150.