The city of Seattle and the Port of Seattle welcomed Eurowings, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday, bringing new nonstop, twice-weekly flights to Cologne, Germany.

Eurowings has emerged as one of the premiere low-cost airlines in Europe, and even the world. (Photo: Travel Deals Denmark)

The Port of Seattle (POS) fire department greeted the inaugural arrival with the traditional water cannon salute, a way of ushering in an aircraft on a special occasion.

Eurowings will operate the Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, which are officially operated under SunExpress Deutschland. The airline operates the aircraft in a 310-seat configuration of 21 “Best” class seats and 289 economy class seats. Initial fares for the flight are USD $329.99 for “basic” fare, $384.99 for “smart” fare, and $1,168.70 for the “best” fare. (All prices are for one-way travel)

Included in the “basic” airfare, you are only guaranteed a spot on the aircraft, similar to basic economy on many large carriers in the United States and Europe. You will be able to earn Eurowings and HON Circle miles, but seat selection, “skymeals,” checked luggage, more legroom, booking changes, inflight entertainment, and onboard Wi-Fi all come with a price, ranging from $9 to $93.

With the “smart” fare, passengers are guaranteed miles (both HON Circle and Eurowings), a hot and cold “skymeal,” one item of luggage (<23 kg), and preferred seating, all for no charge. To go the extra mile, passengers can purchase a second item of luggage for as little as $164 if booked online, a seat with more legroom for $44, lounge access at select airports for HON, SEN, and FTL members, inflight entertainment for $11, and Wi-Fi for a small fee.

The celebration at SeaTac included a cake, a tradition amongst inaugural flights. (Photo: Eurowings / Twitter)

When purchasing the “best” fare, you are getting the best long-haul Eurowings experience possible. With increased miles, lots of skymeals selection, catering, two free checked bags, preferred seating in the first three rows of the aircraft, premium seating, more legroom. reserved hand luggage, priority check-in, security fast-lane access (at select airports), and free inflight entertainment, you get the best bang for your buck flying on the “best” fare.

The new flights will be operated under the following schedule (all times local):

EW169 Seattle-Tacoma 3:45 p.m. departure -> Cologne-Bonn 10:50 a.m. (+1) arrival  A332 Tuesdays and Saturdays

EW168 Cologne-Bonn 12:25 p.m. departure -> Seattle-Tacoma 2:00 p.m. arrival  A332 Tuesdays and Saturdays

Eurowings is a low-cost leisure carrier that operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A319, 42 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330-200, and 1 Boeing 737-800 to destinations across the world, but primarily Europe. Looking long-haul, the airline plans on flying to Cape Town, South Africa from November 5th and already operates flights to Las Vegas, Havana, Bangkok, Miami, Orlando, Phuket, Punta Cana, Windhoek and Varadero as part of its’ long-haul network.

Celebrations all around regarding the new service. (Photo: Eurowings / Twitter)

The recent addition of Eurowings to Seattle-Tacoma is amongst a time of heavy expansion at the airport. with the airport gaining new international flights to London-Gatwick and Mexico City this year. After this year, the international route network from SeaTac will look like this:

By the end of 2017, the SEA international route map will look like this. (Photo:

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