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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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Condor inaugural flight to Boston takes off

Condor has made this announcement:

Off to Boston: Condor flight DE2038, operated with an A330-200 in a two-class configuration, took off at noon today from Frankfurt bound for the USA.

This is the first time that Germany’s most popular holiday airline has launched connections to the American metropolis on the East Coast. Effective immediately, flights are now scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The first flight will be welcomed with a local welcome event at the airport, where Ed Freni, Massport’s Director of Aviation, will also speak. Among the invited guests are Michael Jürgens, German Deputy Consul General in Boston and Emily Westhoven, Executive Director German-American Business Council of Boston.

Boston is one of the three new destinations in Condor’s current summer flight schedule, along with San Francisco and Los Angeles. In total, Germany’s most popular holiday airline is flying to 16 destinations in North America this year. Condor is thus offering the largest range of flights to the USA in recent years.

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Condor adds new Frankfurt flights to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, resumes flights from Vienna

Condor Airlines has been serving the North American market since the 1970’s with seasonal summer service.

The company has announced new, nonstop Frankfurt (FRA) routes from New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).

This is in addition to Condor’s return to Portland (PDX), Boston (BOS), Phoenix (PHX), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI).

Condor also earlier this year reinstated nonstop Frankfurt flights from Seattle/Tacoma (SEA), Las Vegas (LAS), Anchorage (ANC) and Fairbanks (FAI) following the suspension of service during the pandemic.

This marks the introduction of Condor’s largest U.S. summer schedule in the company’s history. Most flights to and from Frankfurt will be operated on Boeing 767-300 equipment and feature three classes of service (Economy, Premium and Business). Furthermore, an Airbus A330-200 will be operated on some routes during the upcoming season.

2nd A330-200, delivered March 7, 2022

Above Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A330-243 D-AIYD (msn 991) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 957251.

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From its Frankfurt hub, Condor offers connecting service to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe via Condor and a network of airline and rail partners including Lufthansa, SAS, Aegean Airlines and more. In addition, U.S. travelers can take advantage of Condor’s interline partner JetBlue and their U.S. network of feeder flights to Condor’s gateway markets.

In other news, Condor is resuming service from Vienna to Palma de Mallorca, Kos, Rhodes and Heraklion, Crete.


Stripes: No April Fools joke: Condor reinvents itself with a new livery

Condor has made this announcement:

Condor is vacation. And vacation is stripes. Germany’s most popular leisure airline is unveiling its new brand identity today: In the future, Condor will wear stripes in five colors. Inspired by parasols, bath towels and beach chairs, Condor is evolving into a distinctive and unique vacation airline.

“Condor has undergone a transformation over the past two and a half years: From a subsidiary of a vertically integrated travel group to an independent airline that looks back proudly on its history and tradition, while at the same time embarking on the path to the future. We want to express this unmistakably through our corporate identity: Condor is vacation and Condor is unmistakable – like our new design, with which we are now launching into the future,” says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor. “Our new trademark are stripes, our figurative mark stands for our origin and the colors for diversity. This triad is new, what remains is our passion. It has always made Condor unique and is therefore also reflected in our claim: Passion is our compass.”

The conception and creation of the new brand identity came about under the direction of Remo Masala, owner of the creative agency vision alphabet in Berlin. “Revising Condor’s brand identity with its long tradition is a delicate interplay based on respect for its origins and requirements for the future. Our goal was to endow Condor with a special visual independence, the rationale of which is united in Condor’s brand essence: the invention of the vacation flight, and the effective vacation code, the stripes of summer, joy and freedom.”

The corporate identity’s lead colors are yellow and blue. They have been complemented by the contrasting color gray. The Condor signet, the condor in a circle, goes back to one of Germany’s most influential designers, Otl Aicher. The figurative mark has been given a facelift, with finer and more dynamic lines. It can be found again in the tail unit of the aircraft. The Condor lettering has also been adapted: It is now more compact, and the new lower case has made the word mark more independent and consistent with the image. The logo appears in high-contrast black on the fuselage of the aircraft.

Initially, Condor’s aircraft will carry five colors in a striped look: yellow, red, blue, green, and beige stand for the facets of the diversity of Condor’s guests, employees and the multitude of opportunities to discover the world with Condor.

The crew uniforms, accessories such as neckerchiefs, ties and pins will shine in the new design too, which will also make its way on board, to the airports, on the website and on social media: in the coming weeks and months, many items on board will be replaced, such as cups, blankets and cutlery, as well as all materials on the ground such as boarding passes, ID cards and airport signage. The replacement will run successively, with nothing of old design being disposed of, but everything being used up. Around 80 percent of the fleet is to be repainted by 2024, because new paint jobs are due anyway. Condor is thus choosing the most sustainable way to redesign its brand identity and fleet.

The new design was unveiled in Toulouse with the first A330neo, which will take off for Condor in the fall. The first 2-liter aircraft will of course take off with green stripes. As early as tomorrow, the first Condor aircraft in the new look will be on route: the Airbus A321 with the registration D-AIAD will wear yellow stripes and fly to Lanzarote on April 5 at noon. In the upcoming weeks, five more Boeing 757 and Airbus A320/1 aircrafts will be repainted, so that six aircrafts will be flying in the new design in the summer flight schedule. They will mainly fly to Mallorca, Greece, the Canary Islands and Egypt.

May we introduce:

Our new look.

Condor – Passion is our compass.

The right path can only be found with one goal in mind. For us, this goal has been clear since 1956: Your holiday (vacation) should begin with us on board! How do we accomplish this goal?  With a compass that you can always rely on: our passion.  We love what we do since the first day and every day thereafter.  That’s the reason we are Germany’s most popular holiday airline even now. Are we proud of our history as the originator of the holiday flight?  Absolutely. Watching our compass will always show us the way to the future.

And of course, we want to continue to be your most popular holiday airline.  That’s why we thrive every day with many inspirations for these developments.  The world we travel in, the heights we climb and especially you, our guests. The glimmer in your eyes, the anticipation of your holiday (vacation) and the priceless memories of the most beautiful time of the year, make every flight special.  That’s how we want to inspire you; with our uniqueness!  Let’s begin our future together now!


Umbrellas, beach towels, ice cream shops..who doesn’t love them and the stripes will make you smile. They stand for easiness, freedom to experience the world, for the gentle breeze in your hair, sunshine on your face and now for Condor. In the future our fleet will also be in this new design.  For decades, stripes have had meaning in our way of life. Timeless, elegant and recognizable – just like us.

Colorful Varieties.


As a leisure and international airline, we are not only known for flying but also for connecting with people and building bridges between cultures and regions of the world. You, as our guests on board are just as diverse as our destinations, as we are with ourselves and our employees. This variety has many facets and colors and that is the reason for the new design.

Our five colors: Sunshine, Passion, Sea, Island and Beach.

Colors are not only found around the globe on holidays, they also stand for the fact that our world cannot be defined by a single color. Therefore our “Fleet” is looking forward to a new design, visibly striped and colorful in Sunshine (yellow), Passion (red), Sea (blue), Island (green) and Beach (beige).

Passion is our Compass.

The good thing is that history and the future can remarkably compliment each other.  We know that and appreciate this in our daily lives. This is how we can remain true to ourselves, make further developments and in the truest sense of the word, give ourselves a new innovating design. This is in our DNA but also meets your expectations of us.  Our compass is maintained as well as our logo and yellow color. And because it is precisely our passion that makes us so unique, this has become our new claim: “Passion is our compass”.

Unique and Recognizable.

With our new look we are well equipped for our journey into the future and look forward to welcoming you on board soon! The new design will be unveiled with the first A330neo in Toulouse. The 2-litre plane takes off with green stripes and will be integrated into our flight schedule this autumn. With a little luck, you may have a chance to discover this first plane in the sky displaying the new design.  These stripes will be difficult to miss.

First aircraft in the new livery: Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

1st Airbus A330neo in 2022 Condor Island livery

Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A330-941 F-WWCS (D-ANRD) (msn 1972) (Condor Island) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 957244.


Condor puts its first Airbus A330-200 into revenue service

In service between Düsseldorf and Palma de Mallorca on February 19, 2022

Condor has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330.
Condor decided that the debut of its first A330 (D-AIYC, above) would take place on Saturday, February 19, covering the route between Düsseldorf (Germany) and Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Most of the passengers on this flight are customers of the tour operator Alltours.
The plane carries 240 seats in Economy Class and 22 seats in Business Class.
Condor has provisionally ordered A330-200s to prepare its pilots and give them enough flight hours before receiving their A330neo order, the first aircraft will be delivered in autumn 2022.
Condor issued this statement:

Condor A330-200 is ready for take off: On February 17 Condor received the official certification for commercial flights with its first Airbus A330-200 aircraft, registration D-AIYC. As one of four A330-200s, the aircraft is expected to be in service with Condor on a transitional basis for around two years. Starting in autumn 2022, Condor will successively take the brand-new A330neo long-haul aircraft with a three-class product into its operations.The first passenger flight of the Airbus A330-200 now certified with sun-hungry vacationers, particularly many of them from tour operator Alltours, will take off from Düsseldorf to Palma de Mallorca on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

The Airbus A330-200, with the registration D-AIYC, will initially be deployed on short- and medium-haul routes and is also expected to operate on long-haul routes in summer 2022. Unlike the new Condor A330neo, which will fly in a three-class configuration, the Condor Airbus A330-200 has a two-class configuration with 240 seats in Economy Class and 22 Business Class seats. For all Business Class guests, the A330-200 offers comfortable seats that can be converted into completely flat reclining seats at the touch of a button. All Economy Class seats have a monitor as well as a USB port and power socket at the seat, so guests can charge their mobile devices at any time. The free Wi-Fi inflight entertainment program Condor FlyStream will also soon be available on board the aircraft, to give guests the option to watch films and series conveniently by streaming it with their own mobile device.

In July 2021, Germany’s most popular leisure airline announced an order for 16 long-haul A330-900neo aircraft of the latest generation. As the German launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, Condor is thus focusing on latest technology, maximum efficiency and the highest level of customer comfort. The first aircraft is expected in autumn 2022, whilst the replacement of the entire long-haul fleet is scheduled to be completed by mid-2024.

Javier Rodrigues reporting from Spain.
Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A330-243 D-AIYC (msn 975) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 956858.
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Condor to fly to 16 destinations in North America this summer

Condor will be taking off from Frankfurt to 12 destinations in the U.S. in summer 2022. Condor is thus offering more direct connections than ever before. As of February 14, flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York can also be booked starting in May.

All destinations are served nonstop several times a week from Frankfurt.

In addition to the USA, Condor flies to four destinations in neighboring Canada: from Frankfurt there are direct flights to Vancouver, Whitehorse, Toronto and Halifax. Travel with Condor can be booked with all German tour operators and in travel agencies. Flight tickets are available as usual at http://www.condor.com and by phone.

In addition to Condor’s popular North American destinations, such as Anchorage, Halifax and Las Vegas, Germany’s most popular leisure airline is adding additional routes in the USA.

Overview of Condor destinations from Frankfurt, bookable now:

Anchorage (USA): Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Baltimore (USA): Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Boston (USA): Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Fairbanks (USA): Thursday

Halifax (Canada): Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Las Vegas (USA): Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Los Angeles (USA): Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Minneapolis (USA): Monday, Wednesday, Friday

New York (USA): Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Phoenix (USA): Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Portland (USA): Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

San Francisco (USA): Monday, Thursday, Saturda

Seattle (USA): daily

Toronto (Canada): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Vancouver (Canada): Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Whitehorse (Canada): Tuesday

Condor to fly to New York, will also fly to Nice and Málaga next summer

Condor Flugdienst Boeing 767-330 ER WL D-ABUH (msn 26986) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954850.

Condor will be flying to New York five times a week from November 11, 2021: JFK Airport will be served nonstop from Frankfurt every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Condor already flies four times a week to Seattle/Tacoma on the west coast of the U.S., from where our partner Alaska Airlines provides convenient onward travel to more than 30 destinations such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or to Hawaii.

In other news, Condor announced for the summer of 2022, it will be flying to two more Mediterranean destinations.

From April 1, 2022 Condor will fly four times a week from Düsseldorf and Frankfurt to Nice (France) and from April 9, 2022 four times a week from Düsseldorf to Málaga.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Boeing 767-330 ER WL D-ABUH (msn 26986) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954850.

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Condor orders 7 Airbus A330-900s and will lease another 9, will replace 767s


Airbus issued this statement:

Condor Flugdienst GmbH has chosen the Airbus A330neo to renew its long-haul fleet with plans to introduce 16 aircraft of this new and more efficient type. The airline has signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of seven Airbus A330neo, and intends to lease a further nine.

The airline will operate the A330neo on its international long-haul network to the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.

Condor also issued this statement:

Condor has decided to order 16 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. The Supervisory Board has already agreed. As the German launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, Condor is thus focusing on latest technology, maximum efficiency and the highest level of customer comfort. Fuel consumption per passenger per 100 kilometers will be 2.1 liters, which makes Condor the European frontrunner on long-haul flights.

The first aircraft is expected in autumn 2022, whilst the replacement of the entire long-haul fleet is scheduled to be completed by mid-2024.

The Airbus A330-900neo is designed with innovative enhancements for exceptional efficiency while offering the highest levels of comfort. Guests relax with a significantly enhanced sense of space, regardless of the booking class, and enjoy the latest generation of in-flight entertainment and connectivity on board. The A330neo has special aerodynamics through improved wing design and is equipped with state-of-the-art engines from the manufacturer Rolls Royce. The Trent 7000 engines incorporate the latest technology, deliver exceptional efficiency and are capable of operating on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Thus, the Airbus A330neo sets new standards with 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions and significant fuel savings. In fact, the Airbus A330neo is the first aircraft in the world to already be certified for the regulatory reduction in CO2 emissions, which will apply as of 2028. Besides, State-of-the-art flight and navigation systems are installed on board, which are being further developed tailor-made for Condor to meet the special requirements of the leisure airline. Noise- and CO2-efficient approach and departure procedures are thus possible even at particularly high-altitude airports – but noise pollution is also reduced by up to 60 per cent at German airports.

Note: The new Airbus A330-900s will replace the current Boeing 767-300 fleet.

To be replaced by mid 2024 with new Airbus A330-900s

Above Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-330 ER WL D-ABUD (msn 26983) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954588.

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European Commission approves state aid to Condor, Condor to resume flights to Canada

Condor Flugdienst Boeing 757-330 WL D-ABOJ (msn 29019) JVR (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 950836.

The European Commission has issued this statement:

The European Commission has found an aid package by Germany in favor of the airline Condor to be in line with EU State aid rules. The approval of the aid package, based on three separate Commission’s decisions, relates to two measures to compensate Condor for damages suffered as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, worth in total €204.1 million, and €321.2 million of restructuring support to enable Condor’s return to viability.

The German aid measures

Condor is a German charter airline, which provides air transport services to individual clients and tour operators from its hubs in Germany, with a focus on the leisure travel market. It serves 126 destinations all over the world. The restrictions put in place in Germany, as well as in other EU Member States and third countries, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus have heavily affected Condor’s operations, in particular regarding international and intercontinental flights. As a result, Condor has been incurring significant losses since 17 March 2020.

Following the annulment by the General Court of a Commission decision of 26 April 2020, which had approved damage compensation in favor of Condor for the period 17 March to 31 December 2020 (in the form of two loans, with a nominal amount of €550 million and an aid amount of total €267.1 million, based on ex ante estimates of damages), the Commission has today adopted a new decision based on an ex post analysis of the actual damages incurred (”Condor I”) and taking into account the judgment by the General Court.

Between 17 March to 31 December 2020, Condor suffered an actual damage because of the coronavirus outbreak and the related travel restrictions below the initial estimated amount. In line with the claw-back commitment by Germany included in the Commission’s April 2020 decision, Condor will repay the advantage received in excess of the actual amount of damages calculated ex post, plus interest. In a first decision (Condor I), the Commission is therefore approving today €144.1 million of loans as damage compensation for the period between 17 March and 31 December 2020.

In a second decision, the Commission has furthermore approved additional damage compensation in an amount of €60 million for the period from 1 January to 31 May 2021 (“Condor II). This aid measure takes the form of a write off on part of the existing loans, which were initially approved under the annulled decision of April 2020 (the initial damage compensation measure covering the period from 17 March 2020 to 31 December 2020, described above).

Third, Germany also notified the Commission of its plans to grant restructuring aid to Condor. The aid would be granted by writing off additional €90 million of the existing loans and by restructuring the remaining amount of loans, as well as to write-off €20.2 million of interest. This interest relates to the temporary access to excess funds that Condor had on the basis of the amount of damages calculated ex ante. These measures support the restructuring plan of Condor, which started in October 2019 and is envisaged to end in September 2023, for a total of €321.2 million.

The Commission’s assessment

The Commission assessed the damage compensation measures under Article 107(2)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which enables the Commission to approve State aid measures granted by Member States to compensate specific companies or sectors for damage directly caused by exceptional occurrences.

The Commission considers that the coronavirus outbreak qualifies as such an exceptional occurrence, as it is an extraordinary, unforeseeable event having significant economic impact. As a result, exceptional interventions by the Member State to compensate for the damages linked to the outbreak are justified.

  • In the first compensation period, from 17 March to 30 June 2020, the notified measure will compensate Condor for the overall loss of income caused by the travel restrictions imposed in Germany, EU and non-EU countries to limit the spread of the virus.
  • In the second compensation period from 1 July 2020 to 31 May 2021, the notified measure will compensate Condor for the losses caused by remaining or new travel restrictions affecting specific routes.

Therefore, the Commission found that the measures will compensate damages suffered by Condor that are directly linked to the coronavirus outbreak and the related travel restrictions.

The Commission also found that the measures are proportionate. In particular, the route-by-route quantitative analysis submitted by Germany for the compensation relating to the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 May 2021 appropriately identifies the damage attributable to the travel restrictions still applicable to specific routes, and therefore the compensation does not exceed what is necessary to make good the damage on those routes. The risk of the State aid exceeding the damage is therefore excluded.

For what concerns the restructuring aid notified by Germany, the Commission assessed the measures under its Guidelines on State aid for the rescue and restructuring of companies in difficulty

The Commission found that, in line with the Guidelines, Condor is implementing a comprehensive package of restructuring measures that will ensure its return to long-term viability. Moreover, Condor and its new private investor Attestor are making a significant own contribution to the cost of restructuring, as they will fund over 70% of that cost. In particular, creditors have agreed to write-off over €630 million of claims. Moreover, Attestor has committed to inject €200 million of equity and provide further €250 million for Condor’s fleet renewal. The latter will also contribute to the Commission’s objectives specified in the Green Deal as it will replace Condor’s aging fleet with new, efficient aircraft, which will lead to reductions of fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Finally, Condor has committed to a capacity cap of its fleet during the restructuring period (until September 2023) in order to limit the distortions of competition possibly created by the restructuring aid.

The Commission has therefore approved the restructuring plan presented by Germany and has concluded that the restructuring aid is in line with EU rules as it will bring Condor back on the path of long-term viability without unduly affecting completion and trade in the German leisure air travel market.


Financial support from EU or national funds granted to health services or other public services to tackle the coronavirus situation falls outside the scope of State aid control. The same applies to any public financial support given directly to citizens. Similarly, public support measures that are available to all companies such as for example wage subsidies and suspension of payments of corporate and value added taxes or social contributions do not fall under State aid control and do not require the Commission’s approval under EU State aid rules. In all these cases, Member States can act immediately. When State aid rules are applicable, Member States can design ample aid measures to support specific companies or sectors suffering from the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak in line with the existing EU State aid framework.

On 13 March 2020, the Commission adopted a Communication on a coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak setting out these possibilities.

In this respect, for example:

  • Member States can compensate specific companies or specific sectors (in the form of schemes) for the damage suffered due and directly caused by exceptional occurrences, such as those caused by the coronavirus outbreak. This is foreseen by Article 107(2)(b)TFEU.
  • State aid rules based on Article 107(3)(c) TFEU enable Member States to help companies cope with liquidity shortages and needing urgent rescue aid.
  • This can be complemented by a variety of additional measures, such as under the de minimis Regulation and the General Block Exemption Regulation, which can also be put in place by Member States immediately, without involvement of the Commission.

In case of particularly severe economic situations, such as the one currently faced by all Member States due the coronavirus outbreak, EU State aid rules allow Member States to grant support to remedy a serious disturbance to their economy. This is foreseen by Article 107(3)(b) TFEU of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

On 19 March 2020, the Commission adopted a State aid Temporary Framework based on Article 107(3)(b) TFEU to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework, as amended on 3 April, 8 May, 29 June, 13 October 2020 and 28 January 2021, provides for the following types of aid, which can be granted by Member States: (i) Direct grants, equity injections, selective tax advantages and advance payments; (ii) State guarantees for loans taken by companies; (iii) Subsidized public loans to companies, including subordinated loans; (iv) Safeguards for banks that channel State aid to the real economy; (v) Public short-term export credit insurance;(vi) Support for coronavirus related research and development (R&D); (vii) Support for the construction and upscaling of testing facilities; (viii) Support for the production of products relevant to tackle the coronavirus outbreak; (ix) Targeted support in the form of deferral of tax payments and/or suspensions of social security contributions; (x) Targeted support in the form of wage subsidies for employees; (xi) Targeted support in the form of equity and/or hybrid capital instruments; (xii) Support for uncovered fixed costs for companies facing a decline in turnover in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Temporary Framework will be in place until the end of December 2021. With a view to ensuring legal certainty, the Commission will assess before this date if it needs to be extended. The Commission’s Guidelines on rescue and restructuring aid allow Member States to support the restructuring of companies in difficulties, provided, in particular, that the public support measures contribute to addressing the company’s problems and enable it to become viable without continued State support, while limiting the distortions of competition triggered by the aid.

In October 2019, the Commission approved €380 million rescue aid to Condor, as the company got into financial difficulties due to the liquidation of its parent company.

The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case numbers SA.63203, SA. 63617 and SA. 56867 in the State aid register on the Commission’s competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. New publications of State aid decisions on the internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the Competition Weekly e-News. More information on the Temporary Framework and other action the Commission has taken to address the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

In other news, Condor will once again be taking travelers to Toronto in Ontario and Halifax in Nova Scotia from September 7, 2021. From Frankfurt, Condor will fly to Toronto on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and to Halifax on Mondays and Thursdays. From there, guests can conveniently reach ten other destinations in Canada with Condor partner WestJet. Travel with Condor can be booked with all German tour operators and at travel agencies, and flight tickets can be booked as usual at http://www.condor.com and by phone.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Boeing 757-330 WL D-ABOJ (msn 29019) JVR (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 950836.

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A bright new future for Condor: Attestor acquires a majority stake in Condor

Condor Flugdienst Airbus A321-211 D-AIAI (msn 7127) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951129.

Condor has released this statement:

Condor’s future is secured: Asset manager Attestor acquires 51 percent of the company’s shares and sets the course for a secure future of Condor. Attestor invests 200 million euros of equity capital and will provide a further 250 million euros to modernize Condor’s long-haul fleet. This will ensure the rapid ramp-up of flight operations after the Coronavirus pandemic and will further enable the long-term development of Germany’s most popular leisure airline under the strong Condor brand. All 4,050 jobs at the airline and the company’s own maintenance subsidiary Condor Technik will be retained.

“We are proud that we were able to convince Attestor of Condor as a traditional company with a 65-year history of providing quality holidays and excellent service. Our partnership will enable us, together with our other industry partners, to advance our vision of sustainable air travel, launch innovative products and drive forward digital transformation. Our employees have proven they are prepared to go the extra mile – not only for Condor, but also for our customers and partners. And, going forward, that’s precisely what we will continue to do” says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor.

Jan-Christoph Peters, founder and owner of Attestor: “Condor is a strong brand with a proven business model in an attractive market. As the leader in the German leisure flight market, Condor is especially well-positioned to benefit when the tourism market picks up. After successful restructuring, the company’s cost position is highly competitive. By investing in Condor, we are not only creating the foundation for a successful restart, but are also paving the way forward for the company’s long-term development into Europe’s leading charter airline. To this end, we will invest substantially to modernize the Condor fleet.”

Attestor is initially acquiring a stake of 51 percent in Condor, while the remaining 49 percent will remain with SG Luftfahrtgesellschaft, which holds its shares on behalf of Germany’s federal government and the government of the state of Hesse. The investor has the option of acquiring the remaining shares at a later time. In order to secure jobs in the long term, the German federal government and the state of Hesse are supporting Condor’s repositioning with a restructuring of the KfW loan. This measure is subject to approval under EU state aid legislation. Condor will repay the remaining KfW loan as agreed in due time.

About Attestor

Attestor is an owner-operated asset management company with a long-term horizon and specializes in investments in turnaround situations. The fund was founded by German investor Jan-Christoph Peters in 2012 and currently has assets under management of around 5.5 billion euros. The majority of the capital comes from university foundations and family offices. The portfolio includes a stake in Kommunalkredit Austria, an Austrian bank, and in Europcar, a car rental agency. Attestor’s investments in the tourism sector include a number of hotels in Italy and the Netherlands.

Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst Airbus A321-211 D-AIAI (msn 7127) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951129.

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