Lufthansa’s City Airlines Welcomes First Aircraft

City Airlines has welcomed its first Airbus A319 in Munich as it gears up for a Summer 2024 launch. The carrier calls Lufthansa Group home and will have bases in Munich and Frankfurt.

City Airlines, a new carrier by Lufthansa Group, has welcomed its first Airbus aircraft in full livery, with three more slated to join in the future.

A Summer 2024 Launch

City Airlines plans to launch flights in the Summer of 2024 after multiple years of planning. Adding the first aircraft in dedicated colours allows it to take the proper steps forward.

The first aircraft is an Airbus A319 and will play a pivotal role in the company launching scheduled services in the coming months.

This A319 previously flew with Eurowings; however, it has now arrived in Munich as City Airlines gears up for a launch. Munich will be one of the essential locations that form a home for the company once it debuts.

Initially, while the A319 will form the backbone of the fleet, it’ll be accompanied by other second-hand Airbus jets before the airline moves towards next-generation single-aisle aircraft.

Explaining City Airlines

City Airlines was founded in the summer of 2022 to complement the Lufthansa Group’s European network. Additionally, the plan is to offer services across short and medium-haul routes.

With key leaders and a solid executive team, the hope is for Frankfurt and Munich to act as home for City Airlines. Once launched, the carrier wants to feed traffic from European locations to these major cities and airports.

These two locations are what the primary Lufthansa brand calls home. The hope is that thanks to the birth of the new endeavour, the ease of connecting to a mainline Lufthansa long-haul flight will increase.

In June 2023, the airline received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the German Federal Aviation Authority. This represented a landmark moment for the carrier as it prepared for launch.

Strengthening The Short-Haul Network

Short-haul operations across Europe are competitive, and Lufthansa is more than aware of this; despite having an already large Group, there’s always room for improvement.

To strengthen and remain competitive, the Group must plan for long-term growth in the market and make customers’ journeys more seamless. The birth of City Airlines will aid the Group in achieving this.

With City Airlines, we want to create prospects for the coming decades and secure sustainable jobs in Germany. This is the only way for us to grow and sustainably strengthen the hubs in Munich and Frankfurt.

Jens Fehlinger, Managing Director of City Airlines.

The Airbus A220

City Airlines will soon fly the Airbus A220-300 thanks to an order placed in December by Lufthansa Group. These Airbus A220s will thus play a pivotal role in shaping the airline’s long-term future.

City Airlines will fly the Airbus A220-300 from 2026 onwards.

The Airbus A220 has quickly become a reliable and popular aircraft for carriers worldwide. This series should join the airline from 2026 onwards.

Daniel Fowkes
15 Jan 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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