Industry Condor modernizes fleet with more than 40 new A320 NEO Family aircraft

German carrier Condor Flugdienst GmbH has selected the Airbus A320neo Family for its future operations. In total, the carrier seeks to receive over 40 aircraft.

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As one of Germany´s biggest leisure carriers, Condor seeks to strengthen its position in the market by ordering new state-of-the-art medium-haul aircraft with Airbus. Currently, Condor is using the aging Boeing 757-300 on higher-density routes to holiday destinations.

The airline has signed agreements for a mix of Airbus A320neos and A321neos. In total, Condor signed for 41 aircraft via lease or direct purchase. All aircraft will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney high-bypass ratio engines.

Shortly, Condor will take delivery of its first Airbus A330neo. Last winter, the carrier leased four Airbus A330-200s to replace the aging fleet of Boeing 767-300s. Gradually, the airline swaps its fleet to all-Airbus, as the 757s will be replaced by the A321neos. With this commitment to also invest in the medium-haul segment, Condor underlines its ambitions to grow and to operate more cost efficient and sustainable.

Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, commented: “Following Condor’s earlier decision to order the A330neo for its long-haul network, we are double grateful the airline has now also selected the Airbus A320neo Family to modernise its single-aisle-fleet following a thorough evaluation process. We are proud of such a strong vote of confidence and welcome Condor as a future all-Airbus operator.”

Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor, added: „After we will have replaced our entire long-haul fleet with state-of-the-art 2-liter aircraft by the beginning of 2024, it is the logical next step for us to modernize our short- and medium-haul fleet as well. With our new A320neo and A321neo aircraft, we are consistently developing our fleet and ourselves as a company, and also taking care of our own aspiration to enable responsible and at the same time comfortable travel with significantly reduced CO2 emissions, significantly lower fuel consumption and less noise.“

By using the same aircraft family for its entire European network, Condor seeks to benefit from the commonality economics these two aircraft types offer. Also, in combination with the Airbus long-haul fleet, the operator will be able to use all existing structures and workflows with Airbus in aspects like maintenance or overhaul.

Condor has been using the Airbus A320 Family for over 20 years. Over the years, the carrier added more and more aircraft and also added the A321ceo variant a couple years ago.

Source © airbus.com

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