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Condor moves into a new home at JFK

Condor has moved its operations at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from Terminal One (T1) to its new home in Terminal Seven (T7) effective as of January 5, 2023.

Condor will join its partner carrier, Alaska Airlines, in T7.  Condor will also be in closer proximity to its other U.S. airline partner, JetBlue and it’s new Terminal Six (T6), when it opens in 2025.

Condor offers seamless connectivity with both Alaska and JetBlue flights to its nonstop service from JFK to its Frankfurt hub with onward connections throughout Europe and beyond. Condor is also a participant in Alaska’s Mileage Plan.    Condor currently serves JFK with non-stop flights to Frankfurt four times a week (Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), and starting in May will offer daily service.

As part of the recently announced $4.2 billion, five-year JFK development project, JFK Millennium Partners (JMP) has assumed management of Terminal 7.  JMP has embarked on a refurbishment program of the terminal including upgrades to guest seating areas as well as a new children’s play area.  More comfortable and spacious gate areas will be a welcome addition for Condor guests as the airline starts flying its new A330neo aircraft to JFK later this year. An updated business class lounge, “Lounge @T7” will also be part of the new offerings.  Condor will offer complimentary access to the Lounge @ T7 to its business class passengers.   Condor will welcome its JFK guests in an expanded check-in area in Zone E of T7 with separate check-in desks for business, premium and economy classes.   The terminal will also feature new directional signage to make it easier for passengers to navigate the facility.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A330-941 D-ANRA (msn 1966) (Condor Island) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 959797.

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Condor takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo

Condor Flugdienst GmbH has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900 widebody aircraft (D-ANRA, msn 1966) out of an order of 16 A330neo aircraft.

The A330neo will replace previous generation aircraft in their fleet to reduce Condor’s operating costs as well as fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 25 percent. Condor’s A330neo will offer unrivalled passenger comfort and will accommodate 310 passengers, featuring 30 seats in Business, 64 seats in Premium Economy and 216 seats in Economy class.

 

Condor has selected in July 2022 the A320neo Family to modernize its Single-Aisle-fleet. 

The A330neo is the new generation version of the popular A330 widebody. Incorporating the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, new wings and a range of aerodynamic innovations, the aircraft offers a 25 percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The A330-900 is capable of flying 7 200 nm / 13 334 km nonstop.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A330-941 F-WWCX (D-ANRA) (msn 1966) (Condor Island) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 959502.

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SmartLynx Airlines adds a second Airbus A330 for Condor

In June 2022, SmartLynx Airlines landed in the long-haul market and started operations for Condor with an Airbus A330. For the winter season, another aircraft of the type has been added from December 2022. 

The current flight schedule from Frankfurt includes, at peak times, up to 4 weekly connections to New York (JFK), two weekly connections to Toronto (YYZ), and five weekly connections to Punta Cana (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic.

The two Airbus A330s have Business and Economy Class, are between 8 and 9 years old, and fly in Condor colors. Passengers are looked after by a German-speaking Condor cabin crew and an English-speaking SmartLynx crew. All meals on board are provided by Condor.

The cooperation between Condor and SmartLynx has been in place since 2018, and its continuation is part of SmartLynx’s growth strategy to gain a foothold in the long-haul business and dynamic German market.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst (SmartLynx Malta) Airbus A330-343 9H-SMD (msn 1382) (partial Condor Sea) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 959342.

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Condor showcases its first Airbus A330neo aircraft

Condor is showcasing its new Airbus A330neo aircraft, pending delivery from Airbus.

Soon, Condor will welcome its first A330neo to our fleet, and we wanted you to be among the first to meet the latest addition to our family.

The brand-new aircraft offers the highest levels of comfort combined with state-of-the-art technology and unrivalled eco-friendly efficiency. The North American debut will take place on Condor’s nonstop Seattle to Frankfurt route in early 2023, with additional North American routes welcoming our new aircraft in the months to come. Receiving our first new A330neo is just the beginning. In fact, we have a mission: to renew our entire long-haul fleet with new, modern aircraft by 2024. That’s one new aircraft each month!

With the introduction of the A330neo, Condor will greatly reduce our carbon footprint and become one of the most sustainable airlines in the sky.  Our new aircraft will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent on each flight and contribute up to 60 percent less noise pollution.

Moreover, as our long-haul fleet takes on a new look both inside and out (with our eye-catching striped branding), we’ll be doing the same on short- and medium-haul routes. Starting in 2024, we’ll also be replacing our short-haul aircraft with brand-new Airbus A320neo and A321neo planes, flying to the most beautiful destinations around the Mediterranean.

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Above Photos: Eurospot: Will become D-ANRA (green) and D-ANRH (yellow).

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Top Copyright Photos: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A330-941 F-WWCX (D-ANRA) (msn 1966) (Condor Island) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 959502.

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Marabu is born in Estonia, a new sister airline of Condor

Inverstor company Attestor of the United Kingdom has formed a new airline based in Estonia called Marabu.

The new airline will be managed by ex-Condor Flugdienstsales director Paul Schwaiger as the CEO.

In May 2021 equity fund Attestor Capital LLP acquired a 51% stake in Condor.

Marubu will partner with Condor.

Condor issued this short statement:

Fly with Marabu from Hamburg and Munich airports to the most beautiful holiday destinations around the Mediterranean, on the Red Sea, on the Canary Islands and in Portugal.

Flights with Marabu can be booked with Condor for the 2023 summer timetable.

Condor resumes flights to Grenada and Tobago

Condor on November 20 resumed connections to Grenada and Tobago.

The first flight was DE2224, which took off in the morning. Once a week, Germany’s most popular leisure airline takes vacationers to the two destinations in the Caribbean Sea. From Frankfurt, the first flight goes directly to Grenada and, after a stopover, continues to Tobago.

Condor last flew to the two destinations regularly two years ago.

Grenada is particularly well-known as the island of spices, since it ranks among the prominent producers of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. In addition to plantations, guests will find gorgeous beaches, such as Grand Anse Beach in St George’s, which is one of the most beautiful in the world. Picture-book beaches also await guests on Tobago. The smaller of the two main islands of the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago also boasts rushing waterfalls and tropical rainforest.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Boeing 767-330 ER WL D-ABUA (msn 26991) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 957693.

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ALC leases 19 new Airbus aircraft to Condor

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) today announced long-term lease placements for 19 new Airbus aircraft with Condor (Germany), including 17 Airbus A321neos and two A320neos.

The new aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the airline starting in early 2024 through mid-2027 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

ALC currently leases five aircraft to Condor, including three A321s and two A320s.

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Condor renews fleet with Airbus A320neo family

Condor Flugdienst GmbH has selected the A320neo Family to modernize its Single-Aisle-fleet. The agreement will cover 41 aircraft, via lease and via direct purchase.

The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.

Condor issued this statement:

New short- and medium-haul fleet for Condor: The Condor Supervisory Board has decided to order a total of 41 aircraft of the A32Xneo series. The deal comprises 13 Airbus A320neo and 28 Airbus A321neo as well as further purchase rights, that will successively replace Condor’s existing short- and medium-haul fleet (Airbus A320/1 and Boeing 757). With up to 20 per cent less fuel consumption and carbon emissions and up to 50 per cent less aircraft noise, the new short- and medium-haul fleet will set new standards. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for spring 2024 – immediately after the rollover of the entire long-haul fleet has been successfully completed. From autumn 2022 Condor will replace its Boeing 767s long-haul aircraft with brand-new Airbus A330neo. With the 2-litre aircraft on long-haul routes and highly modern short- and medium-haul aircraft of the A32Xneo family, Condor consistently focuses on state-of-the-art technology, maximum efficiency and highest customer comfort and as a result will have one of the greenest fleets in Europe.

The Airbus A32Xneo series represents the most modern and highly efficient aircraft technology in the world combined with significantly improved aerodynamics through the wings and wingtips, the so-called Sharklets. The new Condor aircraft will also be equipped with the latest generation of engines from Pratt & Whitney: The two new versions PW1127G on the A320neo and PW1133G on the A321neo not only reduce fuel consumption by 20 per cent, but also can be operated on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). In addition, the newly manufactured Airbuses operate with up to 20 per cent less CO2 emissions and up to 50 per cent less noise. On a per-passenger basis, the A321neo consumes 1.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, while the A320neo consumes 1.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres – while offering the highest level of customer comfort.

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Condor flies to Iceland for the first time

Condor has made this announcement:

Welcome to the land of fire and ice: Germany’s most popular leisure airline is bringing travellers to Iceland for the first time. From May 2023, Condor will be offering one overnight flight per week from Frankfurt to Akureyri in the north and to Egilsstaðir in the east of Iceland. This will be the first time the island state is on Condor’s flight schedule and with that, the airline will add two attractive destinations in the north to its portfolio.

So far, Akureyri and Egilsstaðir are accessible via domestic flights and by car and bus. The two towns are located on the ring road that runs once around the island, making them popular starting points for round trips. Akureyri is the fourth largest city in Iceland and is located on the shore of a fjord that extends far into the country.

Popular destinations are the waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss and Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn with its numerous lava formations and the village of Húsavík for whale watching. Egilsstaðir, as the largest town in the area, opens the east of Iceland. From there the spectacular Stuðlagil canyon and Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon in the Eastern Highlands can be explored, as well as one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, Hengifoss. The magnificent Eastfjords, that stretch all the way south to the picturesque Eystrahorn offer a scenic coastline with numerous small villages and narrow fjords, perfect for exploring authentic Icelandic everyday life. The region has beautiful nature and wildlife, Hallormsstaðaskógur is the country’s largest forest, and the area is home to wild reindeer and puffins that come to nest by the coast every summer.

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Condor previews its first Airbus A330neo cabin

Condor has issued this A330neo preview and photos:

The new Airbus A330neo cabin design

This autumn, it will be time for our brand-new 2-litre aircraft, freshly painted in the colour “Island” in the new Condor look, to take off and bring passengers to their holiday destinations extremely efficiently and with unbelievable levels of comfort and convenienceTake-Off now!

More space and an even better feel-good atmosphere

In addition to the latest technology and maximised efficiency, the A330neo also attracts attention with its successful cabin design. As the quietest cabin of its kind, the whisper cabin impresses passengers with its spacious feeling. When optimising all 310 Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats, achieving a more comfortable seating architecture was the top priority. What’s more, significantly larger overhead compartments allow you to store your hand luggage quickly and safely.

More features and an even more attractive ambience

Illuminated handrails and five mood lights that can be set to a variety of class-specific modes create a pleasant ambience during the flight. The USB A/C ports and sockets at each seat give you the best possible flexibility. Experience the latest generation of Inflight Entertainment, presented to you in the highest quality on your in-seat 4K monitor. You can also make the most of a separate holder for mobile devices and a Bluetooth function for using your own wireless headphones.

With maximum comfort and plenty of space for privacy, our high-flyer offers the right option for every one of our passengers: a generous sense of space in Economy Class, pure relaxation in Premium Economy Class and exquisite comfort in the brand new Business Class.

The three classes in detail

Economy Class: a generous sense of space

With a seat pitch of 76 cm, the Economy Class creates a generous sense of space. This is supported by hand luggage compartments that are 66 percent larger, 4-way adjustable headrests and 8.5° tilting backrests. In addition to a USB A/C connection and socket for each seat, there is also a separate holder for mobile devices. You can listen to the latest generation of Inflight Entertainment on either our on-board headphones or your own wireless headphones via the Bluetooth function and watch it on your 13.3” in-seat 4K monitor.

Premium Economy Class: pure relaxation

It gets even better: enjoy the increased legroom of Premium Economy Class with a seat pitch of 89 cm. Adjust your personally adjustable footrest and the six-way adjustable headrest, then lean back and relax at an angle of up to 12° in the backrest fitted with memory foam.

As you would expect, the Premium Economy Class also offers you the practical holder for your mobile devices, the new USB A/C connections and the Bluetooth function that enables you to use your own wireless headphones, not forgetting the 13.3” in-seat 4K monitor, which offers you the latest generation of Inflight Entertainment.

Business Class: exquisite comfort

The color concept of the entire cabin, which is marina blue throughout, compliments the dark wood décor and leather, combining the lounge-like atmosphere with maximum comfort above the clouds.

Each seat provides direct access to the aisle.  You can therefore indulge in the new 180° marvel undisturbed and with even more privacy. You can also transform your seat into a 199 cm-long dream at the touch of a button.

What’s more, the six-way adjustable headrest and an abundance of multimedia content provided by the Inflight Entertainment ensure additional relaxation. When using the entertainment, you can choose between the Condor Noise Cancelling Headphones or your own wireless Bluetooth headphones. Select what you want to watch on your 17.3” 4K monitor via touch screen or remote control.
In addition to on-board Wi-Fi, all the necessary connection options such as USB A/C and sockets can be found directly at your seat. The small, stylish cocktail table and the generous storage area for your hand luggage round off the perfect flight experience.

Overview of cabin features

  • Whisper cabin: the quietest cabin in the world (in flight size)
  • Three-class configuration
  • 310 seats: Economy Class (216), Premium Economy Class (64) and Business Class (30)
  • Generous sense of space
  • Optimised seat architecture in all classes
  • 66 percent more space in personal storage compartments
  • Net storage space with an extra bottle holder in Economy Class & Premium Economy Class,
  • cocktail table, generous storage area, coat hooks, indirect light in the footwell and storage in Business Class

  • In-seat 4K monitors
  • Bluetooth function to use your own wireless headphones
  • Latest generation of Inflight Entertainment with connectivity on board
  • Gripping multimedia content of the highest quality
  • Latest USB A/C connections, as well as a socket at each seat
  • Separate holder for mobile devices
  • Class-specific adjustable mood light (service light, sunrise/sunset, relaxed, rainbow, “Green Spirit”)
  • Seats for disabled passengers in all booking classes

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