• Joe Breitfeller

Condor to Modernize Long Haul Fleet With 16 Airbus A330neos

Condor has ordered seven A330neos and plans on leasing nine more as the company modernizes their long-haul fleet. The carrier will operate the state-of-the-art widebody aircraft on international routes to the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.


Condor Airbus A330-900 Rendering - Courtesy Airbus

On Thursday (July 29, 2021), Airbus announced that the popular German leisure carrier Condor Flugdienst GmbH has selected the Airbus A330neo for their long-haul fleet modernization program. The airline has signed an agreement for the purchase of seven aircraft and plans on leasing nine more. The 16 new A330neos will be deployed on international long-haul routes to destinations id the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. The state-of-the-art A330neo incorporates the latest A350 technologies with A330 profitability and Airbus commonality. The aircraft also features the stunning Airspace cabin, which provides a unique guest experience along with the latest inflight entertainment systems and onboard connectivity.


In Thursday’s announcement, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, said,


“Condor excels in operating profitably many routes no other carrier is able to; we are proud to see a demanding airline such as Condor selecting our latest-technology A330neo as the aircraft of choice, building the future of their widebody fleet in the relentless pursuit of lowest operating costs and passenger comfort. By operating the A320 and A330neo aircraft side by side, the airline will benefit from all the commonality economics these two premium products offer, with the embedded flexibility to address new and existing markets with the right-sized, right-efficiency aircraft.


“The A330neo has won a thorough competition yet again, as it has in the vast majority of competitive evaluations these last three years. The decision by Condor to modernize its long-haul fleet with A330neos will also set a new benchmark on the airline’s trajectory towards more sustainable flying. We thank and applaud Condor for confirming the competitive value of the A330neo.”

Also commenting on the A330neo order, Condor’s CEO, Ralf Teckentrup, said,


“We are proud to be the German launch customer for the A330neo. Thanks to the latest technology and maximum efficiency of the aircraft, we will be taking off with our new plane from Autumn 2022 with fuel consumption of just 2.1 liters per passenger per 100 kilometers. With this value, we are the front-runner in Germany and, as the most popular leisure airline, we will consistently continue to interweave the themes of sustainability and holidays.


“On board, our customers can expect the highest levels of comfort in a brand new Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class. We are looking forward to our new aircraft and to the successful cooperation with Airbus as a strong partner by our side.”


The Airbus A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with a larger span and A350-inspired winglets. The aircraft also delivers a 25 percent reduction in fuel-burn and CO2 emissions versus previous generation competitors. The A330neo’s operational efficiency, mid-sized capacity and excellent range makes it an ideal aircraft for post pandemic recovery.


Founded in 1956, Condor is Germany’s favorite leisure airline, normally serving around 9.4 million guests annually to 90 destinations in Europe, Africa and America from eight German gateways. During the financial year 2018/2019, Condor Flugdienst recorded a net profit of €57 million on revenue of €1.7 billion. The German leisure carrier has a fleet of 50 aircraft which are meticulously maintained to the highest safety standards by their wholly-owned subsidiary Condor Technik with facilities in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.



Source(s): Airbus, Condor