Monthly Archives: November 2019

SAS takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the newest operator of this latest generation, highly efficient wide body aircraft.

The airline has a total of eight A350-900 aircraft on order and operates an Airbus fleet of 68 aircraft (51 A320 Family, 17 A330 and A340 Family aircraft).

In the coming years, as part of an extensive fleet modernization, SAS will take delivery of 54 additional A320neo Family aircraft and the remaining seven A350-900s through direct purchase and lease contracts.

SAS’s A350-900 features a modern and highly comfortable three-class cabin layout with 300 seats: 40 “SAS Business” class, 32 “SAS Plus” class and 228 “SAS Go” class seats. On 28 January 2020, the airline will start to operate the new aircraft on its Copenhagen-Chicago long-haul route, followed by other international destinations including North America and Asia.

At the end of October 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 913 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

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Qatar Airways launches new football legends on-board safety video

Qatar Airways has turned the pre-match team-talk into an entertaining safety video that will be shown on board flights before the end of the year. Featuring football legends past and present, the humorous video delivers important safety information with the help of personalities from the airline’s ongoing partnerships with AS Roma, FC Bayern Munich and FIFA.

The film stars Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr, FC Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and AS Roma legend Cafu, who are led through the in-flight safety routine by a comedic double act of coach and kitman played by British television regular Jason Thorpe and comedy actor Ross Hatt.

This is a locker room like never before in which Lewandowski demonstrates how to use a life jacket, where Cafu helps a younger version of himself attach an oxygen mask and where Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Jr makes a special appearance to guide Qsuite passengers.

Directed by Peter Lydon, who co-wrote the script with award-winning creative agency 180 Kingsday, the six-minute film is designed for Qatar Airways’ global, family audience. Mirroring the airline’s latest campaigns, the film seeks to add a playful spin to a vital part of the in-flight experience.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms Salam Al Shawa, said: “At Qatar Airways, safety is priority one and we want to ensure everyone, including our most frequent travellers, watches our safety briefings. The wonderfully creative concept from 180 Kingsday will capture our passengers’ attention whilst providing a fun, light-hearted video to get the in-flight entertainment underway. The level of quality and attention to detail in this video is paramount and I am sure the content will both inform and amuse our global passengers of all ages.”

Kalle Hellzen, Executive Creative Director at 180 Kingsday, said: “Humour has been shown to increase memory, so there seems to be no better way to communicate such important information than by making it fun. As always, the world of Qatar Airways enchants.”

Qatar Airways holds an extensive global sports portfolio, sponsoring top-level sporting events and some of the biggest football clubs around the world including AS Roma, Boca Juniors and FC Bayern Munich. As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways sponsors the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, reflecting the values of sport as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways was recently named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘Best Business Class Seat’, and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added several exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; and Langkawi, Malaysia. The airline will add Gaborone, Botswana in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.

airBaltic revises its livery with “greener tails”

airBaltic on November 28, 2019, at the Airbus aircraft program’s headquarters in Mirabel, Canada celebrated its 21st Airbus A220-300jet, registered as YL-AAU in a revised livery. The 21st aircraft for airBaltic marks the next phase in the airBaltic fleet modernization plan.

From now on, all the company’s new aircraft will have greener tails, thus emphasizing airBaltic’s commitment to becoming a more sustainable airline operating one of the greenest fleets and launching other sustainability initiatives in the near future.

This will be the first delivery of the additional order that was signed on May 28, 2018, for purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. Till the end of 2019, airBaltic plans to have a total of 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in its fleet, but by the end of 2020 – 26.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are truly proud to be the launch operator of the Airbus A220-300aircraft which, being an integral part of airBaltic’s fleet over the last three years has demonstrated an outstanding performance. To introduce this aircraft was a forward-thinking decision that has most certainly paid off as A220 family aircraft are not only considerably more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly, but also more convenient for both passengers and staff. The vision of an all-Airbus A220 fleet by 2023 is the backbone of airBaltic’s Destination 2025 business plan and the celebration of our 21st A220-300 aircraft from the newest order marks another step towards the set aim.”

Three years ago, on November 29, 2016, the world’s first Airbus A220-300 (at that time Bombardier CS300) aircraft registered as YL-CSA departed from Montreal-Mirabel and landed in Riga on November 30, 2016.  airBaltic was the first airline in the world that launched commercial operations with Airbus A220-300 on December 14, 2016, on its route linking Riga with Amsterdam. The very first world’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSA also has just received the new, improved livery and on November 30 will land in Riga.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 4,000,000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 40,000 flights and flown over 100 000 block hours.

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.

The new aircraft is also considerably quieter – with a four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

As informed previously, airBaltic aims to minimize complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will be the only jet type operated by airBaltic by the end of 2022.

all photos by the airline.

Insight from Alitalia’s Fabio Maria Lazzerini on the future of the airline

By Marco Finelli.
Alitalia with an horizon to 2020, beyond short-term corporate futures, sees it with a positioning that increases the importance of trying to upgrade or open flights that generate money from corporate customers.
Fabio Maria Lazzerini – Chief Business Officer – has made us understand this by giving the trade press some insight about the future.
In 2020 the airline should continue to grow. In November it stands at more than 5% growth. I December it is valued at more than 7%. The closure of Linate has lost traffic a little bit.
Milan Linate, however, remains the second focal point for the carrier, where shuttles will gradually expand.
“After Rome Fiumicino, London and the recently added Paris, I see in Catania a possibility of shuttles with high business characterization.
Rome will see adjustments on market trends. We are evaluating two or three other European cities, such as Brussels, Madrid and Düsseldorf, where to introduce the Shuttle product, because there is corporate traffic mainly and one that flies by in the morning and back in the evening ”.
Flights to Germany will also increase in two-day flights on Stuttgart and Cologne from next summer. In addition to Hamburg, which returns on a daily basis.
In the Milan area there is good success in Bergamo, because it has point to point and international and intercontinental flows of passengers in both directions.
The same thing is for Milan Malpensa. “There will be no further expansion on Malpensa, because the spirit is in line with the decision of the past to make hub in Fiumicino and therefore we will always try to bring more and more passengers to Rome” said Lazzerini.
A new pricing concept on national routes is being tested on four destinations from Rome: Genoa, Turin, Venice and Reggio Calabria. On these four lines the three types of rates allow us to be also in the various tariff classes and therefore with or without luggage, depending on the period, it is possible to find something convenient subject to availability. The experiment, which is giving success, will soon pass on other routes, above all Sicily. And then to follow towards all the Italian domestic. We are seeing that there is feedback and the average tariff is also rising. There is therefore satisfaction and profitability increases.
The recent agreement with Azul is the continuation of what it has been doing for some time, that is, to have agreements of this type that increase Alitalia penetration in many markets that cannot be served directly. But above all have also important profitability from these opportunities, whether they are new or already existing with re-debates that allow to increase the profit index for every single segment flown.
“Alliances bring benefits, but not always, flying together can often be a boomerang for us, because the partner can collect our customers and make them their own.” Lazzerini says “Azul therefore makes sense, but we are already still looking at central and southern America where we have unique point to point flights. Brazil is the third largest market for Alitalia after Italy and the USA. Brazil is going a head to head with Japan.
The very close partnership with All Nippon (ANA) is growing and today with Kenya Airways it will present the route Rome – Nairobi, where last week we signed a very important and even more profitable agreement in a substantial part of Africa. “So not so many alliances, even if we have many, where we need to increase our earnings, protecting our traffic. In the past, alliances were established that then paved the way for the landing and were more a gain for others than for Alitalia ”- says Lazzerini.
Lazzerini is very attentive to the profitability factor. Alitalia being a carrier positioned in the lower part of medium-sized airlines, the way to grow is to take those customers who pay. Few but good is the concept. Therefore the medium-high corporate and leisure individual segment.
Politics changed for example on Japan, which lost money until two years ago with full planes in both Magnifica and economic. Now it also carries the groups, but at higher prices, favoring the corporate trying to sell in the last 4 weeks and not filling up first. In addition to having expanded the inventory strategy of business travelers and looking for it as a traveler.
“The strategy has been to dry the leisure traffic that does not pay for the benefit of the individual corporate and leisure segment” and stresses Lazzerini. “Unlike the Indian Ocean towards Mauritius and the Maldives, it has a passenger who pays and stays in facilities with which we are intended as Beachcomber in Mauritius ”.
In addition to the fact that Alitalia does actions on foreign markets, that using Rome in transit allows for well-paying passengers arriving from Europe. Lazzerini continues – “success is economic due to the excellent performance of profitability, thanks to the good times and the direct service, immediately producing volumes made us gain important market shares immediately.

Some competitors started with very aggressive intentions, they are drying their weekly frequencies “.
Mauritius and the Maldives work also thanks to the historic agreement signed by Alitalia with ASTOI – Italian tour operating association -, where in the past there was a few problems and not wanting to raise the walls it turned into a collaboration that led the tour operators on flights with a leisure traffic very good individual as a spending band. Growth was 20-25% year on year. Alitalia has taken European legacy carriers off traffic and little, if any, to Italian leisure charter carriers.
Alitalia will not engage in the Caribbean market except for MSC charters, due to the wider seasonality and markets heavily covered by charter carriers. For regular fleet operators they do not marry as for Mauritius and Maldives limited from November to April, the Caribbean also asks for part of the summer where planes fly to the USA.
Little or no intention to serve ethnic traffic, “it is a market that fills empty chairs in the low season, but does not bring so many economic benefits” says Lazzerini, on the contrary on cargo traffic “two years ago we made an important decision and that is to say to bring the holds back home. Before it was run by Etihad, we no longer had the management and sales structure, IT systems and customer inventory. Today, after two years of hard work, we have increased turnover by over 30%, we have absorbed human resources in redundancy funds, who now work in the freight service. Even the long-haul flight holds are filling the empty spaces left in the past. As well there is’ feeder from Europe to Rome or vice versa. Or from Europe to domestic Italy via Linate. Pharma certification for pharmaceutical products leads us to carry drugs that make many times more money than ordinary goods “. In the past, all this traffic traveled with foreign competitors.
All Airbus A321s will be released from the fleet for a total of 9 aircraft. In addition to the three (two A330s, presumably the former Etihad and a Boeing 777-300ER). 
Therefore the fleet will be based on the Boeing 777-200ERs and Airbus A330-200s, on the short haul the Airbus A320s, A319s and Embraers).
“Alitala coming from three failures cannot acquire planes,” says Lazzerini and as announced a few days ago will try to increase the flown to double figure for long-haul and almost short-haul aircraft. The output of the 200-seat A321s is for airframe life limit.

Lufthansa to add two new destinations in Greece for summer 2020

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

  • Zakynthos new from Munich
  • Rhodes now from Frankfurt
Sun, beach and sea: Greece remains a popular trend destination for many holidaymakers. And from summer 2020, Lufthansa will be offering two further ways for spending the holidays in the eastern Mediterranean: With Zakynthos from Munich and Rhodes from Frankfurt, two attractive new islands will be added. In summer 2020, Lufthansa will thus be offering all sun-hungry passengers up to 14 weekly connections to five Greek islands in addition to flights to Athens and Thessaloniki. More than ever before.
New from Munich in detail
Zakynthos is the name of the new destination from Munich, which will be on the flight schedule for the first time from April 4, 2020. Lufthansa flies to the island in western Greece every Saturday with an Airbus A321. LH1762 takes off from Munich at 14:45 h and lands in Zakynthos at 18:00 h. The return flight LH1763 brings the holidaymakers back to Munich at 19:00 h. The landing at 20:25 h is ideal for connecting flights at home and abroad. A further weekly connection to Zakynthos will be added from June 3, 2020. An Airbus A320 will then take off every Wednesday at 15:45 h for Greece.
New from Frankfurt in detail
Also from 4 April, Lufthansa will be flying once a week from Frankfurt to Rhodes in south-eastern Greece. Every Saturday, a Lufthansa Airbus A320 with the flight number LH1258 takes off for Greece at 1 p.m. each day. The landing in Rhodes is scheduled for 17:10 h. LH1259 return flight will take off at 18:10 h, the landing in Frankfurt is planned for 20:30 h. From June 6 to September 15, 2020, another weekly service will be added. Rhodes will then be available every Tuesday. Departure is at 12:10 h.

British Airways expands “First Contact Resolution” program worldwide

British Airways has made this announcement:

  • British Airways is extending its First Contact Resolution program to colleagues around the world following a successful roll out at Heathrow
  • First Contact Resolution enables staff to assist and resolve any customer issue at the airport rather than refer travelers to Customer Relations teams, saving customers’ time and worry
  • The initiative demonstrates the airline’s continued commitment to provide unique British Airways’ customer service

Following the successful launch of British Airways’ First Contact Resolution Program at Heathrow last year, the airline is now rolling the program out across every airport it operates to.  First Contact Resolution empowers airport hosts to use their expertise, initiative and judgment to solve customer queries on the spot, without waiting for management approval. This allows them to provide instant solutions and peace of mind for customers and send fewer issues to Customer Relations colleagues.

All staff worldwide are now being further empowered to use their skills and initiative to do the right thing for any customer at that moment. The worldwide roll out is a direct result of the successful start of the programme at Heathrow – earlier this year British Airways won the title of Best Airline Staff in Europe at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The roll out of First Contact Resolution is a part of British Airways’ £6.5 billion investment in customer experience over five years. This includes taking delivery of 73 new aircraft including A350 and 787s, refurbishing long-haul aircraft with new cabins, introducing new, redesigned lounges, new dining across all cabins, new bedding and amenity kits for First, Club World and World Traveller Plus, best quality onboard WiFi for every aircraft and access to power at every aircraft seat. The airline recently introduced its Club Suite, a new business class seat with direct-aisle access on its A350 aircraft, which is being rolled out across the British Airways’ long-haul fleet.

Photo: British Airways.

British Airways aircraft photo gallery (Boeing):

 

TransAir expands to Freetown, Sierra Leone

TransAir (Senegal) (Dakar) added the Dakar – Freetown, Sierra Leone route on November 18.

The airline will operate two flights a week on the route with Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft.

Transair serves 11 destinations from Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar, including 4 in Senegal.

The airline was established in 2010.

All photos by the airline.

 

KLM adds Cork, Ireland to its European network

"100 Years" logo

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its European network to include Cork, Ireland.

From March 2020, Ireland’s second largest city will be served daily with a direct KLM flight from Amsterdam. The flights will be operated using Embraer 175 and Embraer 190 equipment, seating 88-100 passengers per flight.

Cork will be the second Irish destination, next to Dublin, and is the 93rd European destination to be served directly by KLM. To open Cork as a new destination, changes have been made to the medium haul KLM network to free up slots at Schiphol.

Daily flights with an Embraer 175 or 190

KLM will operate flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Cork Airport daily from 30 March 2020. The Embraer 175 flights offers 20 seats in Business Class, 8 Economy Comfort and 60 Economy Class. The Embraer 190 flights offers 20 seats in Business Class, 8 Economy Comfort and 72 Economy Class.

The flight schedule will be as follows:

  • KL1087 will depart from Amsterdam daily at 15.50 and arrive in Cork at 16.40.
  • KL1088 will depart from Cork daily at 17.10 and arrive in Amsterdam at 20.00.

Please note: all times are local. 

Cork 

Located on an island between two canals of the River Lee, Cork is a charming cosmopolitan city known for its maritime history spanning over a thousand years. The beautiful coastal environment is a must for nature lovers and adventurers, whereas city dwellers will enjoy the laidback feel of Cork, with its many cool coffee bars, museums, pubs and art galleries.

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Take a peek inside the entire KLM fleet – without a ticket

As of late, you can take a virtual stroll through business class on a Boeing 787 without having to pay… How? We’ve taken photographs of the interiors of the entire KLM fleet using a 360° camera. VR specialist Chris Koomen, from KLM’s Digital Studio shares more about this exciting initiative.

A successful experiment

“Our reason for taking 360° photos of the KLM aircraft – from Boeings to Airbuses – was actually very practical. We wanted to familiarise cleaners with an aircraft – the B787 – before its first flight to Minneapolis. They were set to come in the evening to clean the aircraft after its arrival, but had not yet seen this type from the inside. We knew that it would take a lot of extra time,” explains the VR man from KLM’s Digital Studio. “And we therefore came up with a solution. The members of the cleaning crew had an opportunity during the day of taking a virtual tour on an iPad, using a VR headset so they would be well prepared when arriving to clean the aircraft in the evening.”

“It was an experiment, but one that instantly booked success. Incredible! They finished cleaning fifteen minutes early and on top of that, they didn’t make a single mistake.” Cleaning crews are normally given a sheet of paper with a 2D drawing. Koomen: “Top and front views – that’s what they had to make do with. They’re going to be better prepared now.”

Cabin attendants and galleys

“The images are now regularly used for training purposes worldwide. And not only to the benefit of cleaning crews; the images are very handy for training new cabin attendants,” says Koomen. “New crew members can now become familiar with their workplace far quicker.”

The biggest group of users can be found at Catering Services. Koomen: “They use the images to train colleagues who set up the aircraft galleys.”

Find the Easter egg

In short, the virtual fleet is handy for all our (new) staff members. But let’s not overlook our passengers and aircraft enthusiasts. It’s fantastic to be able to explore the interior of each aircraft from nose to tail, examining places on board where passengers don’t usually get to go. Examples here include the cockpit, galleys and business class. Or simply stroll through the B747, the Queen of the Skies. Or our latest acquisition, the Dreamliner B787-10. All of that, without taking a step on board.

Should you want to take a look inside our aircraft, we’ve hidden Easter eggs in some of them (something amusing for you to look for). See if you can find the meal in the B787-10, or take a virtual seat in our new business class seats inside the B787-10. You’ll be able to get to grips with all the new features like the adjustable privacy screen or the “Do not Disturb” button for even more privacy and individual space. And can you see that the B747 consists of two different parts. “It’s actually a combi carrier,” Koomen clarifies. “One part is entirely for passengers, while the other is for a 50:50 combination of cargo and passengers.”

Curious about the entire KLM fleet? Take a look inside ALL our aircraft:

Boeing 787-10
Boeing 787-9
Boeing 777-300
Boeing 777-200
Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747 combi
Boeing 737-900
Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737-800 BSI
Boeing 737-700
Airbus 330-300
Airbus 330-200
Embraer 190
Embraer 175

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Chris Koomen joined KLM twelve years ago. He started off as a technician, but has been preoccupied with VR since 1996. He refers to it as a “runaway hobby” he turned into a business three years ago. The VR team now consists of eight people who focus continually on designing and creating VR training programs, computer generated and 360° photos & videos alike.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ 170-200STD (ERJ 175) PH-EXR (msn 17000697) (100 Years) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 948382.

KLM Cityhopper aircraft slide show:

 

Condor thrives and expands despite the Thomas Cook demise

Condor Flugdienst reported its financial performance for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2019.

Despite the failure of Thomas Cook (UK), the German airline is thriving.

With tight cost controls, the operating profit increased by 32.4 percent for the fiscal year.

The airline issued this statement:

Condor Flugdienst GmbH improved its key figures for the Financial Year 2018/19 (ending 30 September 2019) despite a difficult second half year:

With disciplined cost management, the operating profit (EBIT) increased by 32.4 percent on a year-on-year comparison to 57 million EUR. The number of passengers carried increased by 4.5 percent to 9.4million (+6.9 percent) with increased capacity. Despite a long sunshine period in summer 2019, Condor achieved a six percent increase in revenue to 1.7 billion EUR with stable yields and a stable seat load factor of around 90 percent.

Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor Flugdienst GmbH, was highly satisfied with this result: “We are an operationally healthy and profitable company. Our key figures and the further increase in profit underline this. Condor is thus further expanding its market leadership in the leisure airline business”.

At the end of September, Condor entered into a so-called preliminary protective shield procedure in order to release itself from joint liabilities from the insolvent former parent company Thomas Cook Group plc. This gives the company full independence from the Thomas Cook Group plc and at the same time more security for its own future. The federal government of Germany and the state government of Hesse have granted Condor a state-guaranteed bridging loan of 380 million EUR. In a structured bidding process, strategic and financial investors are showing high interest in Condor.

Bookings above expectations

Ralf Teckentrup continues: “The current booking trend is currently exceeding expectations. This is also a clear sign of confidence on the part of tour operators, travel agencies and our direct customers”. The loss of passengers from Thomas Cook Germany of around 15 percent is being compensated for by a strong demand.

Meanwhile, Condor was able to expand its range of routes with the new summer destinations on short- and medium-haul routes, such as Paphos (Cyprus), Tivat (Montenegro) and Toulon (France). Further destinations are currently under review.

One of the most punctual airlines in Europe

Condor is one of the most punctual airlines in Europe. With numerous measures agreed at the Aviation Summit in Hamburg in March 2019, the punctuality was improved after the difficult summer of 2018. In the 2018/19 business year, around 80 percent of all Condor flights took off on time. The relevant share of longer delays was reduced to a historic low.

Tight cost management

Condor’s profitable development is also based on its ongoing focus on strict cost and profit improvement measuresx. On the basis of Financial Year 2016/17, profit improvements totalling around 54 million EUR were achieved. The basis was a reduction in Condor’s own stations from twelve to eight as well as a number of measures to increase operational efficiency. These include, for example, improved maintenance through better material supply and purchasing processes, optimised planning and production processes through further standardisation and measures to improve technical reliability. In addition, ancillary revenues per passenger were increased by 18 percent.

Outlook

Ralf Teckentrup continued: “I am confident that after the exit from the protective shield procedure in spring 2020 we will be able to further strengthen our position as Germany’s most popular holiday airline. Around 5,000 Condor employees are grateful for the trust and great encouragement we have received from all sides. The Condor team is highly motivated to take further important steps together to secure our future. We would like to thank all our customers, sales and business partners and all those involved for always believing in us and supporting us, even in difficult times”.

The airline is also expanding for next summer. Condor will take off with full speed in summer 2020 and expands its summer flight schedule by two new destinations.

The leisure airline will take off to new destinations in Montenegro and, for the first time, the Côte d’Azur.

In addition, Condor is increasing some of its existing frequencies to Greece, Mallorca and the Canary Islands. The summer flight schedule starts on May 1, 2020.

New from Frankfurt to Toulon in France and Tivat in Montenegro

In addition to the new destination Paphos in Cyprus, Condor is heading for two new destinations in summer 2020: Toulon at the Côte d’Azur and Tivat in Montenegro. Lovers of France will be leaving Frankfurt three times a week for the port city with its French lifestyle, delicious cuisine and dreamy sandy beaches between Saint-Tropez and Cassis. It is the ideal starting point for an onward journey to Provence.

Also new in the summer flight schedule is Tivat in Montenegro. The port city on the Montenegrin coast complements the existing Condor destinations in the region, Split and Dubrovnik. Montenegro is an insider tip for Adria lovers: The bay of Kotor with its fjord-like basins offers an impressive sight especially for nature-loving holidaymakers. Condor will set sail for Tivat twice a week from Frankfurt in summer 2020.

  • Toulon (TLN), Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, from 59.99 EUR
  • Tivat (TIV), Tuesday, Friday, from 59.99 EUR

From Germany nonstop to the Greek islands

Condor guests will be able to reach the two Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini conveniently nonstop in summer 2020. The leisure airline brings its guests from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich to Mykonos in the Aegean Sea once a week. Also non-stop from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, Condor will fly twice a week to the island of Santorini, which is popular for its typically picturesque white houses with blue roofs.

Likewise, Condor also flies to Paphos in Cyprus and takes off on Mondays and Fridays from Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Leipzig. Flights are already bookable as of 99.99 euros.

Germany’s most popular leisure airline also offers a new weekly flight from Stuttgart to Samos. The Greek island will also be approached from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Munich and Hanover.

Condor flies to a total of 17 destinations in Greece from seven German departure airports.

  • Mykonos (JMK), from FRA + DUS: Wednesday and from MUC: Saturday, from 89.99 EUR
  • Santorini (JTR), from FRA: Tuesday and from DUS + MUC: Tuesday, Friday, from 89.99 EUR
  • Paphos, from FRA, DUS, MUC + LEJ: Monday and Friday, from 99.99 EUR
  • Samos, from FRA, DUS, HAJ, MUC + STR: Sunday, Tuesday, Friday, from 89.99 EUR

Summer holiday under the Canary sun

Condor currently flies to the Canary Islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura several times a week from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart. In summer 2020, Condor will be offering its guests additional flight days from the airports of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, so that guests of the leisure airline can reach the popular holiday islands even more often. The Canary Islands offer is completed by four weekly flights to La Palma and eleven weekly flights to Lanzarote.

  • Gran Canaria (LPA), from DUS + FRA: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and from HAM + MUC: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, from 99.99 EUR
  • Tenerife (TFS), from DUS + FRA: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and from HAM + MUC: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 109.99 EUR
  • Fuerteventura (FUE), from DUS + FRA: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and from HAM: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, as well as from MUC: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, from 109.99 EUR

The focus of the 2020 summer flight schedule on short- and medium-haul flights is clearly on the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. To cover this, Condor has rescheduled capacity from Turkey, Tunisia and Italy to other destinations.

Condor aircraft photo gallery: