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Germanwings Flight Guide
While Lufthansa is the main flag carrier of Germany, it is not without its own low-cost airline to counter the threat of such European powerhouses as easyJet and Ryanair. Germanwings is the German response to the cheap airline trend. It is a subsidiary of Lufthansa, and was founded in 2002.
Germanwings does not have a single hub, but instead operates out of a number of cities including Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Cologne-Bonn. Germanwings has over the past year taken on the responsibility of the shorter flights that its parent company wanted to consolidate.
Why fly Germanwings?
Germanwings is a good low-cost airline that has the experience and support of its parent company. Though it does not share in the same Star Alliance that Lufthansa is a part of, Germanwings makes up for that by offering hugely discounted flights. It operates 39 aircraft that fly to some 86 total destinations.
The rewards program, or frequent flyer program, is called Miles & More, and is the main Lufthansa program as well. One also gains membership in the Boomerang Club with gained miles. Those miles, which one accrues depending on distance and price of the ticket, and can be exchanged for a free ticket or merchandise.
Germanwings Flight Destinations
Germanwings flies to countries primarily within Europe. In fact, the only countries with territory outside of Europe that the airline serves are Turkey and Russia. Within Europe, every major destination is served. The only countries that do not receive Germanwings flights are Andorra, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Slovakia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Slovenia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia.
The airline does not share in the alliance of its parent company, and nor does it have any codeshare agreements with other airlines. All these short-fallings are rebounded by the fact that Germanwings offers some of the cheapest fares on one of the most developed European networks.
On Board Germanwings
Germanwings is not quite as bare-bones as its competitors in Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air. In fact, Germanwings even offers an in-flight magazine. When it comes to food and beverages, one should come prepared. Their in-flight program is called Sky Bistro, and offers snacks and drinks for purchase. Most flights do not last longer than 4 hours, and therefore it might behoove one to bring their own food and drink with them. The economy seating is the only seating available, as all the planes are configured as a one-class cabin.
One of the more interesting services that Germanwings offers is its ticket purchasing program that allows one to select a category of city without knowing their destination, purchase the ticket, and then receive e-mail confirmation for a randomized destination that the customer did not choose directly. This allows for the airline to offer even cheaper fares than their already cheap tickets.
Business Class Flights
There is no Business Class aboard Germanwings flights. One can purchase drinks and food, and also any of a number of items that are available in their sky shop.
There are also no lounges. Those members who are part of the Miles & More program may have the required membership level to frequent Lufthansa partner airline lounges. One should remember that Germanwings is a pure low-cost airline that cuts the corners of expenditure wherever it can.
Germanwings’ website is located at www.germanwings.com. They have information galore about special deals, but one will be hard-pressed to read about much more.
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