Condor Begins Contract Service for DHL Express With Four Boeing 767s
Condor’s limited partnership with DHL Express, initially through May 2021, took off this week with the German leisure carrier operating four Boeing 767s on behalf of DHL. Condor will operate out of Europe’s largest DHL Express hub in Leipzig.
On Thursday (February 25, 2021), Condor, the popular German leisure airline, announced the start of contract freight service for DHL Express, the world’s leading provider of express services. Under the limited partnership, which will initially run until the end of May 2021, Condor will operate four Boeing 767s on behalf of DHL. Condor’s aircraft will operate out of Europe’s largest DHL hub in Leipzig, Germany, transporting shipments on three routes to Shannon (Ireland), Milan-Malpensa (Italy) and Cologne. These flights will also be capable of transporting COVID-19 vaccines in the future.
In Thursday’s announcement, Condor’s COO, Christian Schmitt, said,
“We have already been operating more cargo flights over the past year and have expanded our expertise here. We are very pleased to now also work with such an experienced partner as DHL Express. The partnership also shows that Condor can flexibly adapt to circumstances in special situations and thus contribute an important part to the international supply chain in cooperation with DHL.”
Also commenting on the partnership, DHL Express’ Senior Vice President Aviation Europe, Markus Otto, added,
“This firm partnership between Cargo and Passage is unique so far. It enables us to respond even faster and more flexibly to the continued high customer demand for international express shipping. The additional Condor capacity will enable us to further improve our service quality and transit times and continue on our growth path.”
Condor has been operating additional cargo flights since April 2020, transporting primarily e-commerce goods and PPE. Part of the carrier’s Boeing 767 passenger fleet has been converted into cargo-only aircraft, with 14 of 16 767s being utilized exclusively for cargo. The company has also trained and deployed special cargo supervisors to ensure seamless operations. In addition to cargo operations, Condor remains fully committed to their leisure travelers and currently offers service to the Canary islands, Egypt, Cuba, the Maldives and the Dominican Republic.