Lufthansa To Start a Dedicated Leisure Unit ‘Ocean’ For Long Haul Flights

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Lufthansa is the largest German airline and second-largest in terms of the passengers carried in Europe when combined with its subsidiaries. The airline is coming up with a new unit named Ocean. The new leisure segment by Lufthansa is to operate long-haul flights to tourist destinations. Lufthansa is launching this segment to lower the entanglement caused by its current set-up. The airline told Cirium that they are obtaining a new certificate of air operator for Ocean but under a different brand. They also added that - “the idea is to develop a new product line in the quality leisure segment, based on Edelweiss’s business model.” Lufthansa called its present functioning "fragmented". The airline currently operates from Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf with four Air Operator's Certificate.

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Lufthansa Serving Passengers By Associating With Subsidiaries

Lufthansa has been serving its passengers under its main brand along with the subsidiary called Eurowings. SunExpress has been running long-haul routes of Eurowings. It is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. In a news from earlier this year in June, SunExpress told that they are calling off their German functioning.

Earlier, Lufthansa had also joined hands with Brussels Airlines to function in place of Eurowings. Later in 2019, it made a few changes and took full control of Eurowings long-haul flights. Brussels Airlines took care of the services inside the country. Lufthansa used several A340s and 300s for tourist destinations. It had a high-density cabin arrangement for these operations.

In 2017, the German carrier embraced an agreement with main pilots. For making the union happy, Lufthansa agreed that they would leave 'Jump'. A340 is still a part of the fleet in the CityLine's website. The German carrier said, “Significant reduction in the complexity for the development of the long-distance tourist [network]” will be a result of the new AOC. The airline is looking to unify its “current fragmented [tourist-market] operating units into one AOC until 2022”.

It added that Ocean will operate on “touristic short- and long-haul routes” from Frankfurt and Munich, also it will “complement the portfolio of Lufthansa and Eurowings”.

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