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FOUNDED IN 1955 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1956. A K A CONDOR FLUGDIENST. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES & INCLUSIVE TOURS.
D-65440 KELSTERBACH, GERMANY
Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 356,945 sq km, its population is 85 million, its capital city is Berlin, and its official language is German.
JANUARY 1993: 1992 = +30.6% RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC), +33.4% PASSENGERS (PAX).
LUFTHANSA (DLH) SUBSIDIARY.
APRIL 1993: LAST FEW MONTHS INCLUDING 757-230 (NE174-6) DELIVERIES.
MAY 1993: $549 RT, 767-300ER, 2 CLASS, 3 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/WEEK, DETROIT TO FRANKFURT.
JULY 1993: $2 MILLION/YR, 3 YEAR, CONTRACT FOR "4C" CHECKS, OF 18 757'S, & 7 767'S, AT (GUI) SHANNON AEROSPACE.
MARCH 1994: 757-200 DELIVERY.
APRIL 1994: 767-300ER (PW4060) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1994: 1 767 DELIVERY.
MARCH 1995: 1 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2), EX-LUFTHANSA (DLH).
NOVEMBER 1995: 1ST 9 MONTHS 1995: +8.9% PASSENGERS (PAX), +10.2% ASK (CAPACITY), +11.7% FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC), 70.5% LF (LOAD FACTOR) (+0.1).
APRIL 1996: DR JOHANNES KEIL MANAGING DIRECTOR, REPLACED BY DR KIRCHNER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER FOR CONDOR/CARGO TECHNIK; WITH THOMAS DECHER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ENGINEERING; & GERHARD GREGGER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, REPORTING TO HIM.
JUNE 1996: DECISION SOON ON 737-800'S, & 757-300'S.
KLAUS REYMER MANAGER ENGINEERING.
JULY 1996: 12 ORDERS 757-300 STRETCHED (RB211-535E4-B).
SEPTEMBER 1996: ROLLS ROYCE (RRC) ENGINE (S/N 30755) RELIABILITY RECORD WITH 18,000 FLIGHT HOURS ON 757 (NB079).
FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT OF $875 MILLION (AS LAUNCH CUSTOMER) WITH 12/12 ORDERS (2/99) 757-300'S, 252 PAX, (+23 FT 4 INS, +40% LOWER CARGO HOLD CAPACITY, 4,000 MILES RANGE), WHICH CAN FLY FULL, FRANKFURT TO TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS, WITH -10% LOWER SEAT-MILE COSTS, STRENGTHENED WINGS & LANDING GEAR, NEW TIRES, WHEELS & BRAKES. ALSO, 6 ORDERS A320'S, & 6 ORDERS A321'S, & 12 OPTIONS (EITHER).
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1995 = +$91.1 MILLION: 6.03 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) RECORD!
OCTOBER 1996: KLAUS REYMER MANAGER 757/767 ENGINEERING PRODUCTION PLANNING & MATERIAL (EPPM); K WILHELM PROGRAM MANAGER, NEW FLEET; R DORNER MANAGER PAYLOADS ENGINEERING; U HANDL PROGRAM MANAGER, NEW FLEET (AIRBUS); & J REINEKE MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE.
JANUARY 1997: PLANS FOR NEW SUBSIDIARY, OPERATING OUT OF BERLIN, POSSIBLY CALLED "CONDOR EAST," USING A320'S.
1996 = 6.5 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+7%).
BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS WERE TURKEY, EGYPT, AND SPAIN. LONG-HAUL TO CARIBBEAN, & DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
APRIL 1997: NEW 32 INS SEAT PITCH ON ALL AIRPLANES.
NEW DESTINATIONS: ACAPULCO, PUERTO VALLARTA, & HOLGUIN (SOUTH END OF CUBA). NOW 66 GLOBAL DESTINATIONS.
JUNE 1997: CONSIDERING CONDOR BERLIN DIVISION, WITH LEISURE TRAVEL FROM CAPITAL, USING SOME OF 6 A320-200'S, IN 1998.
PURCHASED 757 (NB079) FROM AIR HOLLAND (HOL).
AUGUST 1997: 1ST 6 MONTHS = +7.4% RPK, +5.1% ASK.
SEPTEMBER 1997: 757 "C4" CHECK, IN 10/97.
TO MERGE WITH (NUR) (2ND LARGEST, GERMAN TOUR OPERATOR) INTO (C&N), CONDOR, NECKERMANN TOURISTIK.
OCTOBER 1997: STARTED 1ST IN-HOUSE "C4" CHECK OF 757-200, PREVIOUSLY DONE BY SHANNON AEROSPACE. TO CONTINUE "C4" OVERHAUL'S, THROUGH WINTER "LOW" SEASON & INCLUDING 767 FLEET.
1ST 9 MONTHS = 15.95 BILLION RPK (TRAFFIC) (24TH HIGHEST OF WORLD AIRLINES).
180 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS): 757 FLIGHTS/MONTH: 7 OVER NORTH ATLANTIC, 8 TO INDONESIA, 24 FLIGHTS POLAR, ASIA & PACIFIC; 767 FLIGHTS/MONTH: 164 OVER NORTH ATLANTIC, 48 OVER INDIAN OCEAN, INDONESIA & NORTH POLE.
NOVEMBER 1997: SCHEDULED SERVICE COLOGNE/BONN AIRPORT TO DENVER. IN 5/98 GATEWAY TO BE SWITCHED TO FRANKFURT.
DECEMBER 1997: AIRPLANE FUSELAGE STICKERS WITH "40 JAHRE" (40 YEARS) CELEBRATING FOUNDING AS CONDOR LUFTREIDEREI.
2 DC-10-30'S (46917; 46928), TO CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL).
JANUARY 1998: 18 757'S FLYING 2,224 NORTH ATLANTIC, 810 INDIAN OCEAN, & 24 POLAR, ASIA, & PACIFIC 180 MINUTES (ETOPS) FLIGHTS. 9 767'S 63 INDIAN OCEAN, INDONESIA, NORTH POLE, & 225 NORTH ATLANTIC 180 MINUTES (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH.
FEBRUARY 1998: APPLIED FOR (FAR) 145, FOREIGN REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATE. (FAA) AUDIT FAVORABLE.
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR CITYIRD (CBD) 2 767'S "C" CHECKS, TO USE JEPPESEN DIGITAL AUTHORING SYSTEM FOR AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE MANUAL (AMM), ILLUSTRATED PARTS CATALOG (IPC), STRUCTURAL REPAIR MANUAL (SRM), (WDM), (SSM), (BITE), (FRM), (RMM), (TSM), (FIM) & (ASM), INCLUDING DOUGLAS MODELS.
"C" CHECK, AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (AD)'S, SERVICE BULLETINS (SB)'S MAINTENANCE CONTRACT ON 767-300ER TO (GAMCO).
DC-10-30 TO FRENCH CHARTER OPERATOR BELAIR (11/99). 1ST A320, 174 PAX.
MARCH 1998: STARTS OPERATIONS OF SUBSIDIARY CONDOR BERLIN WITH 1 A320, 174 PAX, BASED AT BERLIN-TEGEL WITH INCLUSIVE TOURS (IT'S) TO MEDITERRANEAN. NEXT MONTH +2 A320'S OPERATES FROM ERFURT, HANNOVER, & STUTTGART.
2 DC-10-30'S TO OMNI AIR INTERNATIONAL (OAE).
APRIL 1998: 2,255 EMPLOYEES.
USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH MEXICANA (CMA) THROUGH 3 USA POINTS TO FRANKFURT.
180 MINUTES 757 (767) (ETOPS): 14 (255) FLIGHTS/MONTH NORTH ATLANTIC, 22 (70) FLIGHTS/MONTH INDIAN OCEAN (INDONESIA, NORTH POLE), 24 FLIGHTS POLAR, ASIA, PACIFIC.
+2 ORDERS (1999) A320'S (CFM56-5A3) FOR TOTAL 8.
MAY 1998: AT 757-300 ROLL-OUT AT BOEING, ANNOUNCES +1 ORDER 757-300 (1/99) FOR TOTAL 13.
JULY 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = +7% RPK, +3.7% ASK, 76.4% LF (+2.5)
SEPTEMBER 1998: DR DIETMAR KIRCHNER MANAGING DIRECTOR, LEAVING TO BECOME SENIOR VP CORPORATE PURCHASING AT GERMAN CARGO AIRLINES (GRC) IN 11/98.
(ETOPS) 180 MINUTES FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL): 18 757'S = (2,284) ATLANTIC, (886) INDIAN OCEAN, (24) POLAR, ASIA, PACIFIC; 9 767'S = 73 (5,144) POLAR, ASIA, INDONESIA, 223 (10,584) ATLANTIC.
OCTOBER 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 3.16 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (-1.4%).
(ETOPS) 180 MINUTES FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL FLIGHTS) = 18 757'S: NORTH ATLANTIC (2,284); INDIAN OCEAN (886); POLAR, ASIA, PACIFIC (24); 9 767'S: NORTH ATLANTIC 224 (11,273); INDIAN OCEAN, INDONESIA, NORTH POLE, ASIA 71 (5,372).
2 737-700'S (28105; 28108), GERMANIA (GER) WET-LEASE FOR 5 YEARS. 2 A320-212'S (884; 894) DELIVERIES.
NOVEMBER 1998: A320-200 (CFM56-5A3) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1999: 4 757-300'S DELIVERIES. A310-300 (CF6-80C2) (485) 3 YEAR LEASED TO KENYA AIRWAYS (KEN). 2 A320-200'S (CFM56-5A3).
APRIL 1999: 2,255 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.condor.de).
1 767-300ER (28159), CITYBIRD (CBD) WET-LEASED.
JUNE 1999: 757-330 (804-29016, D-ABOA) DELIVERY.
JULY 1999: TO IMPLEMENT ROCKWELL COLLINS, INTEGRATED INFO SYSTEM (I2S) ON 2 A320'S, TO TEST TECHNOLOGIES, LINKING AN AIRPLANE-BASED, INTRANET TO AIRLINE, TERMINAL AREA, DATABASES, INCLUDING MAINTENANCE DIAGNOSTICS, NAVIGATION, FLIGHTPLANS, & WEATHER DATA, VIA LOW-POWER, MICROWAVE, AIRPORT GATELINK. GATELINK IS TO BE INSTALLED AT PALMA DE MALLORCA, SCHONEFELD, & LEIPZIG-HALLE, AIRPORTS.
APPLICATIONS BEING PHASED INTO 8 A320'S, OVER 8 MONTHS, INCLUDE CREW E-MAIL, WEB BROWSER, DOCUMENT LIBRARY & VIEWER, LEADING TO (ARINC) 615-3 AUTO FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM DATALOAD, QUICK-ACCESS RECORDER SOFTWARE FUNCTIONALITY, TECHNICAL LOGBOOK, AND ADVANCED, MAINTENANCE GROUND NOTIFICATION.
ROCKWELL COLLINS, CONDOR, & (SITA), ARE INVOLVED IN A EUROCONTROL, PAPER PROJECT, LED BY UK DEFENSE, EVALUATION & RESEARCH AGENCY, STUDYING THE FEASIBILITY, OF THE INTEREST IN WIRELESS AIRPLANE COMMUNICATION, AT AIRPORTS. RESULTS ARE DUE IN 1/00.
SEPTEMBER 1999: KLAUS REYMER MANAGER ENGINEERING (JAR) OPERATIONS COMPLIANCE, AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (AD)'S.
OCTOBER 1999: CONDOR CARGO TECHNIK: CONTACT: GERHARD DREGGER DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (email@example.com): HAS 3 HANGARS FOR 757'S, 767'S, & MD-11'S "A" - "C" CHECKS, DC-10'S "A" CHECKS, INCLUDING CORROSION PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP), COMPOSITES REPAIRS, AND SHEET METAL WORK.
NOVEMBER 1999: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$65.45 MILLION (+$74.71 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
767-33AER (591-27909, OE-LAS), LAUDA (LAL) LEASED, TIL 4/00. RETIRED ITS LAST DC-10 (D-ADSO).
DECEMBER 1999: 767-33A (591-27909) NOT TAKEN UP, WENT TO (LTU).
JANUARY 2000: 757-27B (302-24838) SOLD TO AVIATION INVESTORS.
FEBRUARY 2000: KLAUS REYMER PROMOTED TO GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
MARCH 2000: NEW SUMMER ROUTES: BERLIN (TEGEL), DUSSELDORF, FRANKFURT, HAMBURG, TO PESCARA; HURGHADA (EGYPT); TENERIFE - NORTE LOS RODEOS (FOR FERIENFLUGGESELLSCHAFT); FRANKFURT TO FORT MYERS, VIA TAMPA (767); FRANKFURT - WHITEHORSE (767); COLOGNE - BASEL - PUERTO PLATA & COLOGNE - GENEVA - PUNTA CANA (FOR HOTELPLAN & KUONI).
3 757-330'S (909-29018, D-ABOI; 915-29019, D-ABOJ; 918-29020, D-ABOK) DELIVERIES.
APRIL 2000: IN ITS 1ST YEAR OF REVENUE SERVICE, CONDOR (CDF)'S 757-300 RECORDED A RELIABILITY RATE OF 99.64% (THE HIGHEST EVER, OF ANY COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE MODEL, IN ITS 1ST YEAR OF OPERATIONS).
2,701 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 401 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 1,560 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
757-330 (923-29021, D-ABOL) DELIVERY. 1 757-200, ICELANDAIR (ICE) WET-LEASED ON WEEKENDS (THURS - SUNDAY), 5-10/00, FOR OPERATIONS, FRANKFURT TO BALEARIC, AND CANARY ISLANDS.
MAY 2000: 757-330 (926-29022, D-ABOM) DELIVERY.
JUNE 2000: 757-330 (RB211-535E4B) (29023, D-ABON) DELIVERY.
JULY 2000: 1999 = 8.25 MILLION PAX (+15.6%); 2,388 EMPLOYEES (+1.5%).
SEPTEMBER 2000: SCHEDULED SERVICE TO NAIROBI IN 12/00.
1 757-300 SHORT-TERM LEASE TO LUFTHANSA (DLH) IN 11/00, FOR IN-SERVICE EVALUATION. DC-10-30 (48252) SOLD TO OMNI AIR INTERNATIONAL (OAE).
NOVEMBER 2000: RECONFIGURES 1 757-300 TO 2 CLASS, AND LEASES IT TO LUFTHANSA (DLH) FOR EVALUATION, ON FRANKFURT - MUNICH, FOR 23 DAYS. ALSO, FLEW 1 757-300 TO MINNEAPOLIS, TO NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), TO ASSIST BOEING SALES TO DEMO THE AIRPLANE. 3 757-230'S (24738; 24747; 24748), WET-LEASED TO DUTCHBIRD (DUT) FOR 3 YEARS.
JANUARY 2001: FOR SUMMER 2001, NEW SERVICES TO BURGAS & VARNA (BULGARIA), TO CHANIA (CRETE) AND GREECE, TO LAMEZIA TERME (ITALY) AND RETURN TO DUBROVNIK. ALSO WEEKLY SERVICE TO FAIRBANKS, ALASKA (767-300ER'S, WEEKLY).
1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (1381, D-AICI), DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 2001: 1 A320-212 (1402, D-AICJ) DELIVERY FOR CONDOR BERLIN.
MARCH 2001: 2 A320-212'S (1416, D-AICK; 1437, D-AICL) DELIVERIES.
APRIL 2001: IN 5/01, TO PORLAMAR, ISLAND OF MARGARITA, VENEZUELA (SCHEDULED WEEKLY NONSTOP).
2,701 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 401 FC & 1,560 CA).
MAIN BASES: FRANKFURT, MUNICH, DUSSELDORF, AND STUTTGART.
JULY 2001: WITH MERGER OF THOMAS COOK GROUP WITH NECKERMANN/CONDOR TRAVEL GROUP, CONDOR (CDF) NOW HAS FORMAL ALLIANCE WITH (JMC) AIRLINES (JMA).
(CDF) COMPLETES THE PROCESS OF SEPARATING ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE FUNCTIONS FROM THE AIRLINE SO THAT IT BECOMES A MAINTENANCE REPAIR & OVERHAUL (MRO) ORGANIZATION WITH NAME CONDOR/CARGO TECHNIK (CTK).
THOMAS DECHER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (CDF); GERHARD DREGGER DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING (CTK).
2 757-300'S TO BE WET-LEASED TO FINNAIR (FIN) THROUGH END OF (2Q) 2002.
OCTOBER 2001: WINTER SCHEDULES INCLUDING 20 CARIBBEAN ROUTES, INCLUDING LA ROMANA, SANTIAGO DE CUBA, SALVADOR DE BAHIA, GOA (INDIA), VIA DUBAI, AND MARSA ALAM (EGYPT) FROM MUNICH. RESUMES SERVICE TO BANGKOK, BARBADOS, GRENADA, KATHMANDU, PHUKET, SAL (CABO VERDE), ST LUCIA, AND TOBAGO, AND SERVICE TO MEDITERRANEAN, INCLUDING 56 DESTINATIONS.
NOVEMBER 2001: LUFTHANSA (DLH) GROUP EXERCISED ITS OPTION TO INCREASE ITS OWNERSHIP IN CONDOR/CARGO TECHNIK (CTK) UP TO 90%.
INSTALLS NEW MANAGEMENT WITH ANDREAS GHERMAN MANAGING DIRECTOR, AND DIRK SUS GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING.
PARENT, THOMAS COOK (FORMERLY C&N TOURISTIC) WILL LAY OFF -2,600 EMPLOYEES (-10%).
TEMPORARILY GROUNDS 4 757-200'S UNTIL NEXT SUMMER SEASON. WILL GROUND 25% OF 48 AIRPLANES.
DECEMBER 2001: 4 757-200'S STORED AT LASHAM, UK.
JANUARY 2002: IN SUMMER, CHARTER FLIGHTS TO GAMBIA AND SENEGAL FOR THOMAS COOK (757).
April 2002: 2,701 employees (including 401 FC; & 1,560 CA).
(Telephone: +49 6107 939 0). (FAX: +49 6107 939 440).
Owners/Shareholders: Thomas Cook (90%); (DLH) (10%). Subsidiaries: SunExpress Airlines (SNS) (40%); Condor Berlin (100%).
Main Base: Frankfurt/Main (FRA).
Hubs: Dusseldorf International (DUS); Munich International (MUC); & Stuttgart (STR).
August 2002: In 5/03, will operate a weekly inclusive tour (IT) service between Hannover and Toronto, via Monkton (757-200).
767-330ER (D-ABUZ), now painted in Thomas Cook livery, and logo, with "powered by Condor" on rear fuselage.
September 2002: In 3/03, will base a 757-200, in Vienna.
October 2002: Jurgen Haacker, who left Lufthansa (DLH) to work for Fairchild Dornier (which has now collapsed), returns to (CDF) as a Special Technical Adviser.
Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, to Santo Domingo (Fridays).
November 2002: Munich to Kilimanjaro - Mombasa. In 3/03, resumes service to Cayo Coco (Cuba), Fort Myers, Halifax, Marsa Alam (Egypt), Moncton, Orlando (MCO), Keflavik, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Parks 6 757-300's (757-330 (804-29016) stored at Marana), and lays off 500 employees.
December 2002: Negotiating to form subsidiary airline in Cuba.
2 757-230's (464-25901, D-ABNO; 537-6435 D-ABNS), operates for Apple Vacations. 757-230 (521-26433) withdrawm from use (WFU) at Marana.
2 orders (2/03) 767-3Z9ER's, ex-Lauda (LAL) & 1 767-300ER, EX-(SAS), to be based at Frankfurt, and operate for Lufthansa (DLH) in (DLH) colors.
January 2003: 757-230 (537-26436, D-ABNT) stored at Marana.
March 2003: Lufthansa Technik (LTK) raised its stake in Condor/Cargo Technik (CDF) to 90% by acquiring an additional 60% of shares. Thomas Cook subsidiary, Condor Flugdienst GmbH retains the remaining 10% (previously held 70%). Condor/Cargo Technik's most important customers continue to be Thomas Cook Airlines "powered by Condor" with 757's and 767's, as well as Lufthansa Cargo (LUB)'s MD-11F's. It has 600 employees and occupies 3 hangars at Frankfurt Airport, with a combined floor space of 11,000 sq m.
2-year maintenance contract to (AMECO) (BEJ), for "C" checks, strut modifications and painting for 8 (CDF) Thomas Cook "powered by Condor" 767-300ER's.
2 757-330's (846-29013, D-ABOF; 855-30030, D-ABOH), wet-leased to Transavia (TAV). 2 767-3Z9's (731-29867; 759-30331), ex-Lauda Air (LAL), Lufthansa (DLH) leased.
April 2003: 3,220 emplyees.
Condor Berlin operations: (Telephone: (30) 88 75 52 10).
(FAX: (30) 88 75 52 19).
(firstname.lastname@example.org). SITA: SXFUODE.
Main Base: A320 operates out of Berlin Schoenefeld.
May 2003: Halifax - Frankfurt (757-200, 1 class, weekly).
July 2003: 2,700 employees.
Hannover - Moncton - Toronto - Hannover (757, weekly charter) until 9/03.
Thomas Cook Group's German division had 49 airplanes until it took 8 757-300's out of service. Is deliberating whether to mothball its remaining 5 757's. Employees have been told that in a worst-case scenario, about 1,200 of the group's total German workforce of 5,500 (3,200 in the airline division) stand to lose jobs as part of the restructuring to save -# EUR 600M/-$676.8M over 2 years.
August 2003: In 11/03, to resume Dusseldorf/Frankfurt - Valencia (weekly).
Is offering its 13 757-300's for sale, and if unsuccessful, would consider selling its 757-200's. Business has steadily declined since the company changed its name.
September 2003: 2002 = 17.41B RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (-18.5%); -17.1% ASK (CAPACITY); 84.6% LF (LOAD FACTOR) (-1.4); 5.6M PASSENGERS (PAX) (-17.6%); 2,400 EMPLOYEES.
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (B):
34 (SAA) 21.28; 35 (ASA) 21.23; 36 (SVA) 20.80; 37 (AAT) 19.93; 38 (EVA) 19.51; 39 (CEA) 18.63; 40 (BRI) 18.43; 41 (ARO) 17.65; 42 (CDF) 17.41; 43 (AUL) 17.34; 44 (AAR) 17.33; 45 (GIA) 16.72; 46 (THY) 16.59.
October 2003: Condor Berlin (Thomas Cook Airlines) will be merged into Condor Flugdienst (CDF).
January 2004: In 5/04, Vienna - Irakleion (HER) (A320, weekly charter).
Sold 12 757's (24749; 25436; 25437; 25438; 25439; 25440; 25441; 25901; 26433; 26434; 26435; & 26436) to Center-Capital (email@example.com), Moscow financing company for transfer starting 1/04, to a Russian startup carrier, VIM Avia (MOV). Will be left with 1 757-200 (25140). 2 767-3Z9ER's (29867; 30331), were operated for Lufthansa (DLH), returned to Lauda Air (LAL).
February 2004: Next month, Munich - Delhi (767-300ER, 3/week) to be taken over by Lufthansa (DLH) in June.
March 2004: Thomas Cook AG sustained losses in 2003 = -#EUR 251 Million/-$310.3 Million: 12.5 Million PAX (-6.4%); 84% LF; and said it would cut its German workforce by -550 jobs.
May 2004: Changes its name from "Thomas Cook - Powered by Condor" to "New Condor." Over the last 2 years, (CDF) has suffered as the inclusive travel market has shrunk in the face of low-cost carriers and the Internet. The airplanes will continue to operate under the blue Thomas Cook livery. Thomas Cook Group is owned jointly by KarstadtQuelle and Lufthansa (DLH).
757-230 (25437) sold to Center Capital, to VIM (MOV).
June 2004: Thomas Cook plans to reduce Condor (CDF) even further with phasing out 6 757-300's resulting in loss of -100 jobds.
757-230 (26433) sold to Center Capital, to VIM (MOV).
July 2004: 2003 = 20.11 Billion (RPK) (-6.4%); 84% LF; 6.52 Million PAX (-11.8%).
757-230's (25436; 26437) sold to Center Capital for VIM (MOV).
A320-212 wet-leased to Thomas Cook Belgium (TCW) for 18 months. A 2nd A320 will be wet-leased to (TCW) IN April 2005, FOR 6 months.
December 2004: 757-330 (923-29021, D-ABOL), wet-leased to Apple Vacations, based in Chicago (ORD) & 757-330 (915-29019, D-ABOJ), wet-leased to Apple Vacations, based in Detroit.
January 2005: Lufthansa Systems completed the project to convert Deutsche Lufthansa to the Lido Route Manual by end of 2004. Condor (CDF), Lufthansa Cargo (LUB), & Lufthansa CityLine also are using the charts, which are generated electronically from the Lido navigation database created and maintained by Lufthansa Systems.
February 2005: Munich - Dubai (2/week).
April 2005: Claus-Dieter Wehr, Managing Director Operations will become Managing Director, Hamburg Airport in July.
May 2005: 2,400 employees.
(FAX: +49 6107 93 95 20).
June 2005: 2004 = -39% net loss: +7.4% passengers, +18.2% fleet productivity.
July 2005: In November, Munich - Taba (Egypt) (weekly).
February 2006: Condor (CDF) will launch a number of new services from Munich beginning in April, including daily flights to Venice, Turin, Rome, Naples, Brussels, Marseilles and Prague. Pisa will be served four times per week, Istanbul and Genoa thrice-weekly. Condor, (CDF) owned 50/50 by Lufthansa (DLH) and Karstadt/Quelle, will base two A320s in Munich.
A320-214 (1968, D-AICN), for Condor Berlin operations.
March 2006: 50 year anniversary!
May 2006: Condor Airlines (CDF), the German leisure carrier, jointly owned by Lufthansa (DLH) and tour operator Karstadt/Quelle, denied rumors that it will take over certain long-haul services on behalf of Lufthansa (DLH) in markets where yields are too low for (DLH) to operate profitably. "We can operate flights for Lufthansa (DLH) as we did in the past. But so far, there are no discussions about that," Managing Director, Ralf Teckentrup said.
Condor made a profit of +€20.5 million/+$26.2 million in 2005, compared to a loss of -€39 million the year before. "But we have to demonstrate profitability and must increase earnings up to €80 - €90 million to be available to invest in the future," Teckentrup stated. He said the airline will continue to focus closely on reducing costs. Employment is down -30% over the past two years while the fleet was downsized from 50 to 36 airplanes.
The carrier started a new low-cost product in Munich called "Cityfliegen" on April 1, operating two A320s to up to 11 destinations in Italy, France, Belgium, Czech Republic and Hungary. Fares start from €29 one way including taxes. "So far bookings are what we expected," Teckentrup said. "After the summer, we will see what this project will means for Condor (CDF)'s future." Expansion of Cityfliegen to other destinations has not been ruled out.
June 2006: Earlier this year Condor (CDF) began flights to Brussels, Naples, Turin, and Venice. Has opened new connections to Budapest, Genoa, Istanbul, Marseilles, Pisa, Prague, and Rome.
July 2006: Condor will inaugurate service to 3 new destinations this coming winter season. From November, the airline will fly from Frankfurt to:
Samana (Domincan Republic) = 1x a week;
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) = 2x a week;
Zanzibar (Tanzania) = 1x a week;
All flights will operate with 767-300ERs.
Germany's leading carriers, in an effort to strengthen their lobbying position with political and economic institutions, have transformed the old Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Luftfahrtunternehmen into the Bundesverband der Deutschen Fluggesellschaften (BDF). The new association includes Air Berlin (BER), Condor Airlines (CDF), dba (DBA), Eurowings/Germanwings (RFG), Germania (GER), Hamburg International (HAU), Hapagfly (HAP), (LTU) German Airlines, and Lufthansa (DLH). The carriers operate more than 500 airplanes, employ approximately 100,000 and serve nearly 100 million passengers annually. Air Berlin (BER) (CEO), Joachim Hunold was named (BDF) President.
September 2006: Condor (CDF) is Germany's largest holiday airline, operating services to destinations in the Mediterranean Basin and long-haul to Asia, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean.
(IATA) Code: DE - 881. (ICAO) Code: CFG (Callsign - CONDOR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Thomas Cook (JMA) (90%); & Lufthansa (DLH) (10%).
Alliances: Air Seychelles (ASY).
Main base: Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA).
Hub: Munich International (MUC).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Berlin; Breneb, Cologne; Dresden; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Hanover; Leipzig/Halle; Munich; Paderborn; & Suttgart.
International, scheduled destinations: Agadir; Antalya; Antigua; Bangkok; Banjul; Barcelona; Bridgetown; Cancun; Cayo Coco; Colombo; Dakar; Dubai; Faro; Fort Myers; Fuerteventure; Goa; Grenada; Havana; Holguin; Hurghada; Jerez de la Frontera; Kilimanjaro; La Romana; Lanzarote; Larnaca; Las Palmas; Madeira; Mahe Island; Malaga; Male; Malta; Marsa Alam; Mauritius; Mombasa; Montego Bay; Orlando; Palma Mallorca; Paphos; Phuket; Porlamar; Puerto Plata; Punta Cana; Sal; Salvador; San Jose; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Sharm el Sheikh; Tenerife; Tobago; & Varadero.
Lufthansa (DLH) remains in negotiations to sell its 50% stake in tourism firm Thomas Cook (JMA), including leisure carrier Condor Airlines (CDF), to co-owner KarstadtQuelle. Lufthansa (DLH) board member Stefan Lauer confirmed discussions but told journalists last week in Frankfurt that "they are a long way from being finished." The German retailer has been after (DLH)'s holding in Europe's second-largest tourism company for some time. The unit returned to profitability last year, but (DLH) has said Cook (JMA) is not a core business. KarstadtQuelle could pay €800 million for the share, Der Spiegel reported.
The talks open yet another scenario on the recently volatile German airline landscape, which has been altered by Air Berlin (BER)'s acquisition of dba (DBA), and TUI's decision to merge Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX). (LTU) German Airlines Managing Director, Juergen Marbach was quoted by several German sources as saying that Condor (CDF) and (LTU), which is owned by dba (DBA)'s former owner, the mercurial Hans Rudolf Woehrl, would make ideal partners. An (LTU) spokesperson would not comment on the speculation, but industry insiders say the airlines' networks and business models are complementary. TUI said following the (BER)/dba (DBA) merger that it will evaluate partnerships with other carriers. Condor (CDF) operates 14 A320s, one 757-200, 13 757-300s and nine 767-300ERs. (LTU) has a fleet of nine A320s, four A321s, eight A330-200s and four A330-300s.
November 2006: TACV Cape Verde Airlines (TCV) and Condor (CDF) (formerly Thomas Cook Airlines) both appointed Aviareps subsidiary Airline Centre UK as general sales agent for the UK.
December 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to sell its 50% stake in leisure travel group Thomas Cook (JMA) to KarstadtQuelle for €800 million/$1.05 billion, but will raise its stake in Condor Flugdienst (CDF) from the present 10% to 24.9% and receive the shares held by Condor (CDF) in Turkish holiday airline SunExpress (SNS).
The accord still requires the approval of both the (DLH) and KarstadtQuelle boards and relevant regulatory authorities, Lufthansa (DLH) said, adding that the transactions are scheduled to be finalized in the 2007 first quarter. (DLH) and KarstadtQuelle each currently hold a 50% stake in Thomas Cook (JMA), and Condor (CDF) is presently 90% owned by Thomas Cook (JMA).
"This decision is in continuation of our strategy of focusing on core business, consistently trimming the portfolio to concentrate on our core competencies and creating added value for our company," (DLH) Chairman & CEO, Wolfgang Mayrhuber said. "The new structure furnishes Thomas Cook (JMA) and KarstadtQuelle with optimum opportunities to develop in the tour operator business . . . We intend to invest only in our core business."
To that end, (DLH) believes it can contribute to the growth of SunExpress (SNS), which "has established a leading position as a holiday carrier operating flights to Turkey," Mayrhuber said, adding that (DLH) will work with future Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines (THY), a stakeholder in SunExpress (SNS), to expand that position.
March 2007: (LTU) German Airlines and Condor (CDF) confirmed they are discussing a possible tie-up, six months after (LTU) Managing Director, Juergen Marbach said the two might forge a partnership in the wake of Air-Berlin (BER)'s acquisition of dba (DBA). "We are in concrete talks. Currently, we are discussing what cost savings could be achieved," (LTU) majority owner, Hans Rudolf Woehrl told the "dpa" news service. He said he believes a merger could achieve -€70 million/-$92.5 million in savings, but that progress would be slow, in large part because Condor (CDF) is involved in other partnerships and is majority owned by KarstadtQuelle. Lufthansa (DLH) holds 25% of Condor (CDF).
Currently, (LTU) is working to reposition itself through an extension of its long-haul network and an effort to attract more business (C) travelers. It will add an A330-200 this month, and by the next winter schedule, will launch 14-times-weekly flights to Bangkok, thrice-weekly service to Los Angeles, and twice-weekly flights to Las Vegas from either Munich or Dusseldorf. It is expecting positive results in 2007, after more than a decade in the red. Marbach said he is anticipating a +5% increase in revenue this year. (LTU) flew 5.75 million passengers last year, with an 82.1% LF load factor.
April 2007: Frankfurt - Fort Myers, discontinued.
July 2007: Condor Airlines (CDF) will become the first carrier to start jet service Frankfurt - Sharjah - to Gan International Airport in the Maldives, when it launches weekly 757-300 flights from Frankfurt via Sharjah on November 6.
August 2007: Condor Airlines (CDF) will launch thrice-weekly Frankfurt - Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen flights in November.
September 2007: Condor Airlines (CDF) will install a premium economy cabin in its nine 767-300ERs beginning in April. The new class will offer 35 seats.
Lufthansa (DLH) Systems (LHS) launched Lido electronic Aircraft Performance Monitoring, a Web-based tool for determination of inflight performance levels of an aircraft and especially its propulsion and flight control efficiency. (LHS) said Condor (CDF) chose it to support the airline's scheduling, operational flight planning and crew planning processes.
November 2007: Fresh from its acquisition of dba (DBA) and (LTU), Air-Berlin (BER) has taken another major step towards consolidation in the German market by agreeing to take over Condor (CDF) as part of a share-swap deal with Thomas Cook (JMA). If the deal goes ahead, Air-Berlin (BER) will become Germany's second biggest carrier, and will be propelled into the European top five. (BER) will acquire a 75.1% stake in Condor (CDF) directly from Thomas Cook in February 2009, subject to regulatory approval. At the same time, Thomas Cook (JMA) plans to acquire the remaining 24.9% of Condor (CDF) from Lufthansa (DLH), and will pass this stake onto Air-Berlin (BER) in February 2010. In return, Thomas Cook (JMA) will receive between 380 million/$533 million and 475 million worth of Air-Berlin (BER) shares as well as about 120 million in cash, giving the tour operator up to a 29.99% stake in the German carrier. Thomas Cook (JMA) joint CEO, Manny Fontenla-Novoa says there are "categorically no plans" to further increase this stake in the future.
Condor (CDF) presently operates a fleet of 35 airplanes, comprising 13 737s, 9 767-300s, and 13 A320s. The carrier's network includes a range of short- and long-haul destinations, which it operates from its Frankfurt base and Munich hub. "This step makes sense, especially following the takeover of (LTU), since it will enable us to offer our clients a more tightly meshed long-haul flight network," said Air-Berlin (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold.
In August, Air-Berlin (BER) got the green light for its 140 million acquisition of (LTU). As part of the integration process, (BER) has decided to drop the (LTU) brand name on most of its routes. "We will continue to flu under the (LTU) logo on traditional long-haul leisure flights, for example, to South Africa, Cuba, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. However, this will not apply to our medium-haul flights and our new long-hail business (C) flights," explained Hunold - see attached "German Market Chart Nov07."
Condor (CDF) has adopted Boeing (TBC)'s Web-based maintenance solution, Maintenance Performance Toolbox (Toolbox), to help improve the maintenance of its fleet of 22 757 and 767s. Condor (CDF) will use Toolbox modules Library and Authoring. These modules will help the airline streamline an array of maintenance activities including managing technical publications and training and customizing online maintenance manuals. "Boeing (TBC)'s Toolbox is ideal for us. With the introduction of this latest maintenance technology, we are going to be able now to distribute the necessary maintenance information to all technicians (MT) involved worldwide, just with a mouse click," said Klaus Reymer, Technical Director at Condor (CDF). "This will enhance our already lean processes one additional step forward." The innovative suite of airplane maintenance software solutions is the industry's first set of productivity tools designed to unify an airline's maintenance and engineering operations from start to finish. "Maintenance Performance Toolbox is one of the key Boeing (TBC) solutions to help airlines manage critical maintenance tasks," said Dan da Silva, VP Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services (TBC). "We're happy that Condor (CDF) has endorsed Boeing (TBC) as a partner to help it manage complex maintenance practices in a competitive environment that demands efficiency and first-rate service." Accessible via an Internet browser as a secured, hosted service, Toolbox is a key component within Boeing (TBC)'s evolving portfolio of performance-enhancing solutions for airplane maintenance. Boeing (TBC) will provide reliable access to the Toolbox tools for Condor (CDF) through its secure Internet portal, MyBoeingFleet. Only an Internet connection, password and computer - a laptop, desktop or pen tablet - are necessary to access the system.
December 2007: Condor Airlines (CDF) will establish a maintenance facility for its 757s and 767s in Frankfurt, creating +170 jobs. The new facility will perform work up to "A" checks.
February 2008: Lufthansa (DLH) is filing a lawsuit over restrictions to night operations linked to the future expansion of Frankfurt International. The move follows similar lawsuits by Condor Airlines (CDF) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX). As a condition for the expansion approval, the Hesse State Economy Ministry said it would restrict frequencies between 11 pm and 5 am to an average of 17, down from 41. (DLH) is asking for the limit to be raised back to the original threshold, "Reuters" reported.
June 2008: AirBerlin (BER) is reconsidering its acquisition of Condor Airlines (CDF) from Thomas Cook (JMA), CEO, Joachim Hunold said at (BER)'s annual shareholder meeting this week, according to "Reuters." The deal was announced last fall. "Because of the significant delays in the approval process and the changing economic circumstances, we are currently examining whether the Condor (CDF) transaction is still sensible," Hunold said. (BER) was scheduled to acquire 75.1% of Condor (CDF) next February and the remaining share in February 2010. Thomas Cook (JMA) would receive 29.9% of (BER) worth €475 million, plus an additional +€120 million in cash, the news service confirmed.
Condor Technik will launch line maintenance operations on Condor Airlines (CDF)'s 757s in November and on its nine 767-300s and 13 757-300s next spring. Staffing is expected to reach 170 by next year.
July 2008: AirBerlin (BER) confirmed that it no longer is interested in acquiring Condor Airlines (CDF) from the Thomas Cook Group (JMA). It said the share swap deal, announced last fall, was "cancelled by mutual agreement," while the parties "have agreed to continue negotiations regarding the feasibility of alternative solutions." In a statement to the German Federal Cartel Office, (BER) and Thomas Cook (JMA) said the changing economic environment, including the soaring cost of fuel, was the "main reason" for the contract's cancellation.
August 2008: Thomas Cook (JMA), Lufthansa (DLH) and TUI (TUG) subsidiary, TUI Travel are in "early discussions" regarding a merger of their subsidiary carriers Condor Airlines (CDF), Germanwings (RFG), and TUIFly Deutschland (HAP)/(HLX), Thomas Cook (JMA) announced. "No commercial terms have been agreed. There is no certainty that any transaction will result and a further announcement will be made if and when appropriate," the company said. (DLH) owns 24.9 % of Condor (CDF), with the remainder held by Thomas Cook (JMA). Last month, AirBerlin (BER) pulled out of a deal to acquire Condor (CDF) in a share swap. (DLH) and TUI (TUG) signed a merger Memo of Understanding (MOU) in January.
September 2008: Discussions about a potential three-way merger among German charter/low-cost carriers Condor, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and Germanwings (RFG) failed, following Thomas Cook (JMA) Group's decision to withdraw. It "became clear that the opportunity was not attractive," Thomas Cook (JMA) CEO, Manny Fontenla-Novoa said. The company holds 75% of Condor (CDF) (with Lufthansa (DLH) holding the remainder) and said the carrier remains "a strong and profitable business with significant potential on a standalone basis." It said Condor (CDF)'s performance has been "robust in light of the challenging market conditions, particularly compared with last year's strong performance," as it benefited from the decision to eliminate unprofitable city routes and a -9% overall capacity cut. The booked load factor is in line with last year at 87% LF. However, Condor (CDF)'s fleet size will be reduced, "to reinforce our position in both the tour operator and seat-only markets," it said.
TUI (TUG) Travel said it would seek other alternatives for TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX). German media have been speculating that it is negotiating a possible tie-up with AirBerlin (BER). Similar discussions between Thomas Cook (JMA) and (BER) failed earlier this year.
October 2008: AirBerlin (BER) confirmed that it is discussing a possible merger with TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), whose effort to combine with Condor (CDF) and Germanwings (RFG) was scuttled, when Condor (CDF) parent, Thomas Cook (JMA) withdrew last month. "There are talks, but no results," a (BER) spokesperson told "Bloomberg News."
On October 23 GOL Airlines (GOT) signed an interline agreement with Condor Airlines (CDF). Through this partnership, passengers of (CDF) can purchase tickets on (GOL) to Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Maceio, Natal, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.
November 2008: Ameco Beijing (BEJ) signed an agreement with Condor (CDF) to add blended winglets for 9 767-300ERs. The modifications plus "C" checks, are expected to start next April 2009. The blended winglets expect fuel savings of -4% to -6% for medium/long-range flights.
February 2009: The Thomas Cook Group announced that it plans to acquire Lufthansa (DLH)'s 24.9% stake in its Condor Airlines (CDF) subsidiary for €77.2 million/$99.9 million under options granted in 2007. (CDF) transported just under 7 million passengers last year but suffered a -10% year-over-year decline in January, a source close to the airline said. Thomas Cook (JMA) pulled out of negotiations to combine Condor (CDF), TUI Travel (TUG)'s TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and (DLH)'s Germanwings (RFG).
April 2009: Discover the World Marketing was chosen by Condor Airlines (CDF) for representation in Canada, becoming the 33rd airline represented by Discover the World Marketing.
June 2009: Aviareps subsidiary Avianet will take over distribution of computer reservations system and support services for Condor Airlines (CDF).
Ameco Beijing (BEJ) completed winglet installation on the first of nine (CDF) 767s. The airplane also underwent a "C" maintenance check and cabin modification.
Airbus (EDS) and (CDF) announced the first-ever contract for retrofit of A320s currently in operation with (EDS)'s new "Enhanced Cabin" offering. The (CDF) fleet of 12 A320s will begin being retrofitted in the fourth quarter. "The Enhanced Cabin provides +10% greater stowage volume for overhead baggage, more shoulder-level room for passengers, a fresh modern ambience using (LED) lighting, and all the while making best use of latest technologies, materials and design," (EDS) said, adding that it also brings a weight reduction.
January 2010: Condor (CDF) has contracted with BAE Systems for the sale and lease back of 13 757-330s.
July 2010: Condor (CDF) is Germany's largest holiday airline, operating services to destinations in the Mediterranean Basin and long-haul to Asia, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean.
Employees = 2,200.
(IATA) Code: DE - 881. (ICAO) Code: CFG (Callsign - CONDOR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Thomas Cook Group (JMA) (100%).
Alliances: Air Seychelles (ASY).
Main base: Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA).
Hub: Munich International airport (MUC).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Berlin; Breneb, Cologne; Dresden; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Hanover; Leipzig/Halle; Munich; Paderborn; & Suttgart.
International, scheduled destinations: Agadir; Antalya; Antigua; Bangkok; Banjul; Barcelona; Bridgetown; Cancun; Cayo Coco; Colombo; Dakar; Dubai; Faro; Fort Myers; Fuerteventure; Goa; Grenada; Havana; Holguin; Hurghada; Jerez de la Frontera; Kilimanjaro; La Romana; Lanzarote; Larnaca; Las Palmas; Madeira; Mahe Island; Malaga; Male; Malta; Marsa Alam; Mauritius; Mombasa; Montego Bay; Orlando; Palma Mallorca; Paphos; Phuket; Porlamar; Puerto Plata; Punta Cana; Sal; Salvador; San Jose; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Sharm el Sheikh; Tenerife; Tobago; & Varadero.
Condor Airlines (CDF) and Mexicana (CMA) reached an interline agreement under which (CDF) will expand its network to 30 destinations in Mexico, California, Guatemala and El Salvador. It will offer passengers, via Cancun and Las Vegas, international connections to Los Angeles, Guatemala and El Salvador. Under the terms of the agreement, Condor (CDF) will increase its service to Havana to thrice-weekly.
August 2010: Condor (CDF) will add new leisure routes from several German airports and resume serving Paderborn:
Cologne/Bonn - Fuerteventura: 2x weekly, A320-200 service (already launched, operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Cologne/Bonn - Hurghada: 2x weekly, A320-200 service (already launched, operated by Condor Berlin) (CIB);
Frankfurt - Bahrain - Kochi: weekly seasonal, 757-300 service starting on November 4;
Frankfurt - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Bahrain - Frankfurt: bi-weekly seasonal 767-300ER service starting on November 7;
Frankfurt - Calgary: 2x weekly seasonal, 767-300ER service resuming on June 24, 2011;
Frankfurt - Santo Domingo Las Americas - Panama City Tocumen: weekly seasonal, 767-300ER service starting on November 4;
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Ibiza: weekly seasonal, A320-200 service (already launched, operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Jerez de la Frontera: weekly seasonal, 737-300 service (already launched, operated by Lufthansa (DLH));
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Kos: weekly seasonal, A320-200 service (already launched, operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Lanzarote - Agadir - Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel: weekly seasonal, 757-300 service (already launched);
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Larnaca: weekly seasonal, A320-200 service (already launched, operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Santorini - Heraklion - Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel: weekly seasonal, A320-200 service (already launched, operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Paderborn - Fuerteventura: 2x weekly, A320-200 service starting on November 2 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Paderborn - Hurghada: weekly, A320-200 service starting on November 1 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Paderborn - Las Palmas: 2x weekly, A320-200 service starting on November 3 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Paderborn - Munich: weekly, A320-200 service starting on November 4 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Paderborn - Palma de Mallorca: 3x weekly, A320-200 service starting on April 11, 2011 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Paderborn - Tenerife Sur: weekly, A320-200 service starting on November 5 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB)).
It has however given up its routes from Frankfurt to Luxor and Samaná, from Munich to Chania and Luxor, and from Stuttgart to Luxor. (CDF) will also terminate its services from Frankfurt to Nassau on October 29. (CDF) has signed a marketing agreement with Spanair (SPP) and the two carriers are now both selling Germany - Spain flights operated by the other carrier.
December 2010: Condor Airlines (CDF) will renew its short- and medium-haul fleet by 30 A320 family airplanes, the "dpa" news agency reported. The new A320 fleet should replace 25 airplanes with an average age of 11 years, including 13 757-300s and 12 A320s older versions. The new airplanes are scheduled to be delivered between 2012 and 2017.
Starting June 23, Condor Airlines (CDF) on Mondays and Thursdays to and from Frankfurt to Seattle, flying a 767-300. (CDF) has a mileage partnership with Alaska Airlines (ASA). It will compete with Lufthansa (DLH), which has daily non-stops from Seattle to Frankfurt.
March 2011: Condor Airlines (CDF) will operate seasonal weekly, 767-300ER Punta Cana – Vienna service in its 2011 - 2012 winter schedule.
NavAero was selected by (CDF) to supply its tBag C22 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system for (CDF)'s fleet of 757-300 and 767-300ER airplanes.
Lufthansa Systems (LHS) (CIO), Jorg Liebe said that Condor Airlines (CDF) will launch its new wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, BoardConnect, this summer aboard 767s with business class (C) passengers utilizing "tablet-type" devices provided by (CDF) to access content and economy (Y) passengers given the option to access content via their own personal Wi-Fi equipped devices. (CDF) will equip 11 767s with the system.
BoardConnect, which has been in development for two years, is a next-generation (IFE) system operating on a Wi-Fi network, allowing passengers to connect to video and audio on demand — including games, email and social networks — via (IFE) screens or a personal Wi-Fi-equipped device. It is designed to connect directly to seatback (IFE) screens, but airlines without seatback monitors can still offer it through personal devices, or as will be the case with (CDF) business-class (C) passengers, through handheld devices provided by (CDF).
"One of the vital and key things is really the flexibility an airline gains with the system," Liebe emphasized. He said carriers wanting to "differentiate" their (IFE) offering should be interested in the product. The installation process takes 8 to 10 hours per airplane, excluding installation of seatback video screens. Two ex-Alitalia (ALI) 767s to be added to (CDF)'s fleet this spring, will be equipped in June with the inaugural BoardConnect flight slated for July. (LHS) said it is in talks with other potential customers and hopes to announce new orders soon, Liebe said.
The system, which utilizes a 3G modem, gives passengers access to video, audio and games, and if an airline chooses to include a connectivity option, email and social networks as well. Each airplane will use a minimum of three (WLAN) access points, "Not because you would need that many," Liebe notes. But "in terms of supporting all the legacy equipment, which isn't capable of newer wireless standards," three will ensure a high service level.
To deliver quality video content, Liebe added, BoardConnect will limit individual video streams per access point to 100. In the unlikely event of a failure, BoardConnect's seatback screen solution has the capability of storing content and data, and would continue to provide the stored content.
"It gives huge flexibility to the airlines," Liebe said. "The airline really does get full control. We believe this system is the right system to generate ancillary revenues."
October 2011: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) will add a second connection to Europe next summer when Condor Airlines (CDF) is planning to launch twice-a-week service to Frankfurt.
The seasonal Monday and Thursday (CDF) flights are scheduled to begin July 2 and continue into October. Currently, the only scheduled trans-Atlantic flights from (BWI) are the daily departures to London's Heathrow Airport aboard British Airways (BAB). Unlike (BWI)'s flagship (BAB) service, the Frankfurt flights will not require a subsidy from the state.
Frankfurt is one of the most important international airports in Europe, with connections to many destinations beyond Germany. Condor (CDF) will serve (BWI) with 767 jets carrying 270 seats.
January 2012: Condor (CDF) is adding new routes from its various bases in Germany:
Berlin Schönefeld - Bourgas: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 22 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Berlin Schönefeld - Chania - Santorini - Berlin Schönefeld: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 16 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Berlin Schönefeld - Constanta: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 22 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Berlin Schönefeld - Djerba: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 4 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Berlin Schönefeld - Jerez de la Frontera: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 4 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Berlin Schönefeld - Lanzarote: weekly A320-200 service starting on May 1 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Berlin Schönefeld - Tivat: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 16 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Baltimore: 2x weekly seasonal 767-300ER service between July 2 and October 24;
Frankfurt International - Bodrum: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 21 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Bourgas: weekly seasonal A320-200 service between May 22 and October 2 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Constanta: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 22 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Dubrovnik: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 13 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Holguin - Montego Bay - Frankfurt International: weekly 767-300ER service starting on May 6;
Frankfurt International - Montego Bay - Holguin - Frankfurt Inernational: weekly 767-300ER service has started on December 25 (in addition to non-stops);
Frankfurt International - Mykonos - Chania - Frankfurt International: weekly seasonal 757-300 service starting on May 16 (adding Mykonos as a new destination);
Frankfurt International - Preveza: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 5 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Karpathos - Rhodes - Frankfurt International: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 22 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB), adding Karpathos as a new destination);
Frankfurt International - Rijeka: weekly seasonal A320-200 service between May 5 and October 6 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Sharjah - Singapore Changi: bi-weekly seasonal 767-300ER service between December 4 and February 27;
Frankfurt International - Tivat: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 16 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Frankfurt International - Toronto Pearson: 2x weekly seasonal 767-300ER service between June 22 and September 10;
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Klagenfurt: 2x weekly seasonal 757-300 service has started on December 16;
Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel - Santa Cruz de la Palma: weekly A320-200 service has started on November 2 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB));
Munich - Kerkyra: weekly seasonal A320-200 service starting on May 12 (operated by Condor Berlin (CIB)).
Condor (CDF) has, however, given up its routes from Bremen to Antalya, from Cologne/Bonn to Heraklion, Hurghada and Las Palmas, from Dresden to Antalya, from Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel to Agadir, from Munich to Marsa Alam, from Nuremberg to Antalya, from Paderborn to Lanzarote and from Stuttgart to Sharm el Sheikh.
Condor (CDF) has added an 11th 767-300ER leased from sister carrier, Thomas Cook Airlines (JMA)/(GUE).
February 2012: Condor Airlines (CDF) has selected "Discover the World Marketing" to provide sales and marketing services in Greece and Cyprus.
April 2012: Condor Airlines (CDF) could potentially be sold to Intro Aviation, the investment company backed by Hans Rudolf Wöhrl who has confirmed its interest in acquiring the leisure carrier in case it is really put up for sale by Thomas Cook (JMA).
April 2012: Air Berlin (BER) as well as Condor (CDF), germanwings (RFG), Pegasus Airlines (PGS), Sun Express (SNS), Sun Express Deutschland (SXD) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will all have to adjust their schedules at Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer airport (CGN) after a decision by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia to impose a night flight ban on passenger flights between midnight and 5 am. Cargo flights will not be affected by the ban and an effective date has not yet been set. All of the carriers mentioned have made extensive use of the 24 hour operations at the airport, especially for leisure flights targeting less time sensitive travellers.
May 2012: On 13 May, Condor (CDF), launched low-frequency seasonal flights connecting the country’s financial center, Frankfurt (FRA), and the Croatian holiday destination of Dubrovnik (DBV). Services on the route are now offered with weekly frequency and operated with A320s. Competition on the route comes from Croatia Airlines (CRH)’s daily flights as well as also weekly flights offered by Lufthansa (DLH). (CDF) now flies from Frankfurt Airport to Rijeka in Croatia.
July 2012: "Discover the World Marketing" has expanded sales and marketing for Condor (CDF), Germany’s popular leisure airline, into the West Balkans. It has also opened an office in Turkey and has named Ali Tumay as its new Director.
September 2012: Condor Airlines (CDF) owned by the Thomas Cook Group, signed a marketing pact with Volaris (VLS).
Condor Airlines (CDF) has launched a new generation in-flight entertainment (IFE) system aboard its 767-300 Frankfurt - Rhodes, Greece service featuring BoardConnect, developed by Lufthansa Systems (LHS).
(CDF) Head Product & Marketing, Rainer Kroepke said onboard the September 1 inaugural flight, that the test will end December 31, when (CDF) will decide if it will move forward with equipping all its 767-300s with the (IFE) system. “We strongly believe Wi-Fi onboard an airplane will be the future,” Kroepke said.
BoardConnect, which has been in development for two years, is a next-generation (IFE) system operating on a Wi-Fi network, allowing passengers to connect to video and audio on demand—including games, email and social networks — via (IFE) screens or a personal Wi-Fi-equipped device.
From mid-September, passengers can use tablet-type devices, 18 of which will be provided for (CDF)’s comfort class passengers; economy class (Y) passengers have the option to access content via their own personal Wi-Fi equipped devices.
(LHS) Program Manager BoardConnect, Norbert Mueller said he sees big market potential for this new (IFE) system in the narrow body airplanes because there are “12,000 single-aisle airplanes operating worldwide.” He added that interest from airlines worldwide is constantly increasing, especially since it offers a cost savings compared to a classic heavyweight (IFE) system.
"The weight on a 767 could be reduced by 500 kg, thanks to BoardConnect compared to a normal (IFE) system, which saves about -80 tons of fuel annually per airplane,” he said.
October 2012: Condor (CDF), the German leisure airline, launched its third route to Brazil on 27 October. Apart from Recife and San Salvador in the north-east of the country, (CDF) now also offers weekly services from Frankfurt (FRA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG). Competition on the route comes from Lufthansa (DLH)’s twice-daily and (TAM) (TPR)’s daily flights. Condor (CDF) will use 767-300ER airplanes to operate the route.
November 2012: Condor (CDF) embarked on long-haul expansion when four new routes were launched; to Asia, Middle East, Africa and Caribbean destinations. (CDF) became the second European carrier to serve Cambodia after AirFrance (AFA)’s Phnom Penh route, when (CDF) launched weekly flights from Frankfurt (FRA) to Siem Reap (REP) on 2 November. The route is operated via Phuket in Thailand on the return sector, using 270-seat 767-300ERs. The following day, (CDF) launched another long-haul route from Frankfurt as (CDF) began serving Cape Town (CPT) in South Africa. The twice-weekly operations, also with 767-300ERs, are a response to Lufthansa (DLH) dropping its route between the two airports earlier this year and instead moving its Cape Town services to Munich. Deidre Davids, Communications Manager at Cape Town International Airport, commented: “This is the first international airline to join the Cape Town International Airport family for this year following AirFrance (AFA) and Edelweiss Air (EDE) who launched direct flights to Cape Town at the end of 2011.” The same date, (CDF) also expanded in Düsseldorf (DUS), launching two weekly operations to Dubai (DXB) in competition with Emirates (EAD)’s twice-daily flights. Condor (CDF), which uses 265Y-seat 757-300s on the route, last operated the route two years ago during the winter 2010/11 season. This is (CDF)’s second route to Dubai after its services from Frankfurt. On 2 November, (CDF) also launched its second route to Varadero (VRA) in Cuba after its flights from Frankfurt, when (CDF) launched weekly flights from Austria’s capital Vienna (VIE) with 767-300ER airplanes.
(CDF) launched two new long haul routes on 6 November; both with 270-seat 767-300ER airplanes. The German Thomas Cook Group leisure airline then launched a weekly service from its Frankfurt (FRA) home base to Rangoon (RGN), becoming the first and only carrier to serve Burma/Myanmar non-stop from Europe. On the return sector, flights operate via Phuket in Thailand. After its flights from Frankfurt, (CDF) also launched its second route to Punta Cana (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic, when (CDF) began operating once a week from Austria’s capital, Vienna (VIE).
(CDF) took delivery of its 12th 767-300ER. The airplane, configured with 268 seats, will be used to expand its long haul business, for example to South Africa and the Far East. (CDF) has added three 767-300ERs to its fleet within 14 months.
February 2013: The Thomas Cook Group has detailed plans to bring together its Belgian, German and UK airlines under a new structure and leadership team.
German carrier Condor (CDF), Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA) in the UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW) will be brought together as one “airline segment” from March 1. The Thomas Cook Group describes the move as “an important step” in its airline strategy, aimed at increasing efficiency within the group.
The airline segment will be led by a new Group Airline Management Board, chaired jointly by group head of air travel, Christoph Debus and Condor (CDF) (CEO), Ralf Teckentrup. Other board members will comprise Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH) (CEO), Torben Ostergaard, Head of Group Maintenance, Paul Horstink, and Thomas Cook Group Procurement Director, Nikolaus Kirner.
Thomas Cook Airlines UK (GUE)/(JMA) Managing Director, Frank Pullman will retire March 1. On the same day, Cor Vrieswijk will join Thomas Cook Airlines UK (GUE)/(JMA) as (COO). Vrieswijk, whose previous roles include easyJet (EZY) (COO) and interim (CEO) of Air Malta (MLT), will coordinate and oversee all operational activities across Thomas Cook Airlines as part of his wider remit.
“As we strive to meet the needs of our customers by offering greater flexibility, better choice, high-touch service, on-time performance and real value, at a time when the European airline industry is experiencing major change, we believe that our airline will be stronger as one integrated business,” Debus said.
However, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH) will not come under the new structure. “Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH), which currently operates a different business model, will work closely with the new Group airline, coordinating across all functional areas, while exploring ways to integrate more fully in the medium term,” the group said in a statement.
Over recent years, the group has cut capacity and sought to cut its headcount in a bid to remain competitive.
Condor (CDF) currently operates 13 757-300s and 12 767-300ERs, Condor Berlin has a fleet of 12 A320-200s and one A321-200, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW) operates 1 A319-100 and 4 A320-200s, while Thomas Cook Airlines UK (GUE)/(JMA) has 5 A320-200s, 4 A321-200s, 15 757-200s, 2 757-300s, 5 767-300ERs and 3 A330-200s.
March 2013: Condor Airlines (CDF) plans to launch long-haul flights from Munich after 6 years of not operating from Germany's second largest airport. (CDF) will base 2 767-300ERs in Munich.
Starting with the 2013/2014 winter season, (CDF) will operate once-weekly service from Munich to Santa Clara (Cuba), Varadero (Cuba), Cancun, Mauritius, Montego Bay and Mombasa. Also, (CDF) will operate 3x-weekly service from Munich to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and its weekly, Frankfurt - Goa (India) service will transfer to Munich.
Additionally next winter, (CDF) will launch once-weekly, Frankfurt – Bangkok service and once-weekly, Vienna – Mombasa service.
(CDF), which is part of the Thomas Cook Group, operates twelve A320s, one A321, 13 757-300s and twelve 767-300ERs.
April 2013: The Thomas Cook Group(JMA)/(GUE)/(CDF) (which detailed plans in February to reorganize its Belgian, German and UK airlines) has announced it will merge Frankfurt-based Condor Flugdienst GmbH (CDF) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Condor Berlin.
May 2013: Condor (CDF), the German leisure airline, increased its offering from the north-western German Paderborn (PAD) on 7 May, when it inaugurated services on the 2,100 km summer route to Lanzarote (ACE) in the Spanish Canary Islands, making it the fifth destination it offers in the country from the German city. Weekly (Tuesday) flights are offered on the route and operated using A320s.
June 2013: A321-211 (1607, D-AIAA), (SIL) leased.
July 2013: Condor (CDF) added a new seasonal destination to its offering from Frankfurt (FRA) on July 2nd, as it launched flights on the 1,200 km route to Tivat (TIV) in Montenegro. Weekly (Tuesday) A320-operated flights are offered until September 24. The only other scheduled service between Germany and Tivat is operated by airberlin (BER) from Munich, also on a weekly basis.
August 2013: Airberlin (ber) has suspended bookings for flights to Egypt’s Hurghada, Marsa Alam, and Sharm el Sheikh until September 15, owing to unrest and violence sweeping the country. However, flights to/from Egypt are operating as planned. German’s Foreign Ministry is advising against travel to Egypt due to the “current events and the unpredictability of how the situation may develop.”
German leisure carrier Condor (CDF) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) have also canceled all flights to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh until September 15, but the carriers are bringing back tourists.
The Lufthansa Group subsidiaries, Austrian Airlines (AUL) and Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) said they are continuing operations to Cairo, but passengers can rebook flights free of charge.
October 2013: All airplanes in the Thomas Cook Group: Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA); Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW); Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH), and Condor Airlines (CDF) will soon feature a new logo and livery under its ‘sunny heart’ brand. The new look features a yellow heart and is part of the group’s transformation plan, the company said. - - SEE ATTACHED - - "CDF-2013-10 - SUNNY HEART BRAND."
The new ‘sunny heart’ brand will be featured across most of the company’s brands and market activities, including Neckermann in Europe, Ving in Sweden, Condor (CDF) in Germany and Airtours in the UK.
Thomas Cook said that “the intention isn’t to rebrand all with the sunny heart, but they form part of the group architecture and will, in most cases, carry the heart as some part of their logo”.
Harriet Green, Group (CEO) of the Thomas Cook Group said: “This isn’t just a roll-out of a new logo, it’s about a promise. What we’re announcing today is a renewed promise to our customers, our people and suppliers. A promise that we’re putting them at the heart of our transformation it’s the essence of who we are.” She added: “The heart will appear on the web, in brochures, in and on our airplanes, in our concept hotels, our other hotels, and in our stores: in short, everywhere that our customers connect with us.”
UK tour operator Thomas Cook has reshuffled a number of senior executive positions at its airline group:
Condor (CDF) Managing Director, Ulrich Johannwille has been appointed Group Financial Director. However, he will also retain his existing role at the helm of (CDF). His position on the airline group’s management board has been newly created, with the Finance Directors of the airline subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and UK reporting to Johannwille.
Christian Schmitt, Condor (CDF)’s Head of Ground Operations, has been promoted to the group’s Director of Operations, where he will report to Cor Vrieswijk, Head of Operations.
Meanwhile, Uwe Klenovsky will succeed Wolfgang John as Chief Commercial Officer at Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW), effective November 1st 2013.
November 2013: Condor (CDF) increased its offering from the southern German Munich (MUC) airport and now operates to a total of 16 destinations. All routes are offered with low frequencies and only two (to Cancun (CUN) in Mexico and Punta Cana (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic) face competition from airberlin (BER). 767 airplanes are flown as follows:
Munich (MUC) to Cancun (CUN) weekly vs airBerlin (BER) weekly; to Goa (GOI), weekly; to Montego Bay ((MBJ) via (SNU)) weekly, and to Punta Cana (PUJ) 3x weekly, vs airBerlin (BER) 3x weekly.
(CDF) has opened new routes linking Munich with the Dominican Republic and India. (CDF) is operating twice-weekly from Munich to Punta Cana as part of its winter schedule, using 767-300ERs.
Goa is served once a week with the same type, (CDF) said.
Condor (CDF) has begun seasonal connections from Vienna (VIE) to the Kenyan resort destination of Mombasa (MBA) on November 5th. The service will be operated weekly (Tuesdays) with (CDF)’s 767-300s. In addition, (CDF) has also inaugurated two more long-haul services from Munich (MUC), following on from the five route launches at the Bavarian hub, this time starting weekly 767-300 operations to Mauritius (MRU) and Varadero (VRA) in Cuba on November 5th (both on Tuesdays). None of Condor (CDF)’s four new routes faces any direct competition.
December 2013: 767-31KER (27205, G-TCCA), ex-(G-SIMC), Thomas Cook (JMA)/(GUE) leased.
February 2014: Condor Airlines (CDF) will operate 767-300ER long-haul services from Cologne to Varadero beginning November 4. With the move, Cologne will become Condor (CDF)’s fourth long-haul operation airport in Europe with Frankfurt, Munich, and Vienna.
(CDF) transports around 7 million passengers to 75 destinations. Condor (CDF), part of the Thomas Cook Group, operates 12 Airbus A320s, one A321, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 12 767-300ERs.
April 2014: Condor ((IATA) Code: DE, based at Frankfurt International) (CDF) has signed a cooperation agreement with (CSA) Czech Airlines ((IATA) Code: OK, based at Prague) effective immediately. Under the terms of the deal, (CSA) will operate a feeder service from its Prague hub to Condor (CDF)'s Frankfurt International long-haul hub. Both carriers will offer convenient connection times in order to improve the tie-up's marketability.
Condor (CDF) began weekly flights (Mondays) on April 14th between Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) and Djerba (DJE) in Tunisia. The A320-operated service will join (CDF)’s existing flights to the Tunisian destination, which are operated from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. Competition on the route will come in the form of Nouvelair Tunisie’s (NOU) weekly service on the 1,952 km sector.
May 2014: Condor (CDF) has improved its network offer at three of its bases this week, with Munich (MUC), Düsseldorf (DUS) and Stuttgart (STR) the beneficiaries of this growth. The former two airports have both received new weekly services (Wednesdays) to Kalamata (KLX) in Greece, with both new routes starting on May 20th and being operated by (CDF)’s 180Y-seat A320s. Both new routes will face the same level of competition as well, with Aegean Airlines (CRM) offering twice-weekly operations on both airport pairs. Condor (CDF)’s Stuttgart base added its sixth Greek destination, namely Preveza (PVK), on May 24th. The weekly services (Saturdays) are flown by (CDF)’s A320s as well, and will face competition from airberlin (BER), which also flies weekly between the two points.
June 2014: Condor (CDF) added the Brazilian World Football (soccer) Cup venue of Fortaleza (FOR) on June 20th to its program as a year-round destination just in time for the game between Germany and Ghana, which finished 2-2. Flying from Frankfurt (FRA) on a weekly basis (Fridays) utilizing (CDF)’s 259-seat 767-300 airplane, this makes Fortaleza Condor (CDF)’s third non-stop destination in Brazil in addition to its established destinations of Recife and Salvador da Bahia. There are no competing airlines offering this city pair.
767-33AER (27908, N351AX), ex-(I-DEIF), Omni Air International (OAE) leased.
July 2014: Condor (CDF) has inked an interline agreement with Sun Country Airlines (SCA) to add new USA services from the summer season of 2015. Currently, (CDF) and (SCA)’s cooperation agreement enables Condor (CDF)’s passengers on its twice-weekly, Frankfurt - Minneapolis services to connect on Sun Country (SCA) flights to cities including Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Seattle/Tacoma, Washington state; Los Angeles, California; or Chicago Midway.
Condor (CDF) started another long-haul route from Frankfurt (FRA), following its service to Fortaleza in Brazil. On June 26th, it was the turn of Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota (MSP), which is connected to the German hub with a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays), 259-seat 767-300 service. The seasonal route, which operates until September 11th, faces no direct competition on the city pair. Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of 12 North American destinations in (CDF)’s Summer schedule, and complements the current program of Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Seattle-Tacoma, Anchorage, Calgary, Fairbanks, Halifax, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, and Whitehorse.
Condor (CDF) has a similar cooperation with Alaska Airlines (ASA) that connects services through Seattle, Las Vegas to points in California, Oregon, and Hawaii.
Condor Airlines (CDF) and Germanwings (RFG) have signed a cooperation for feeder flights offering Germanwings (RFG) passengers service to Cologne and Manchester. (RFG) offers connecting flights from Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Berlin-Tegel, Vienna, Zurich, Milan Malpensa, and London-Stansted to Cologne, which will become (CDF)’s third long-haul airport from November 4, when it begins weekly nonstop services to Varadero (Cuba).
(RFG) also offers connections through Manchester from Hamburg to (CDF) to Orlando, Las Vegas, New York (JFK) (from summer 2015), Miami, Saint Lucia, Montego Bay, Antigua, Barbados, and Cancun.
September 2014: Frankfurt-based Condor Airlines (CDF) will launch 2x-weekly, Frankfurt - Portland, Oregon Boeing 767-300ER services from June 19, 2015. In Portland, (CDF) has a cooperation agreement with Alaska Airlines (ASA) to connect passengers to Seattle, California and Hawaii.
Condor (CDF) will also start 2X-weekly, Frankfurt - Providence, Rhode Island services from June 18, 2015.
The German leisure carrier is part of the Thomas Cook Group and transports around 7 million passengers per year to more than >75 destinations. (CDF) operates 12 Airbus A320s, three A321s, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 12 767-300ERs.
November 2014: News Item A-1: Condor (CDF) started flights from three German airports to four destinations spread across the Caribbean and Africa. The longest of the four sectors is the twice-weekly 767-300 operation from Frankfurt (FRA) to Windhoek (WDH) in Namibia, which is 8,081 kms in length. The shortest of the four sectors is the weekly operation from Paderborn (PAD) to Hurghada (HRG), which is 3,436 kms in length. Only one of the four new services faces direct competition:
Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Varadero (VRA) 767-300 1x weekly;
Frankfurt (FRA) to Grenada (GND) 767-300 1x; to Windhoek (WDH) 767-300 2x weekly, vs Air Namibia (NMB) 7x;
Paderborn (PAD) to Hurghada (HRG), A320 1x.
(CDF) has started its second Dominican Republic destination from Munich (MUC). On November 13th, the airline began weekly (Thursdays) flights to Puerto Plata (POP), joining its existing services to Punta Cana on the Caribbean island. This brings to four the number of destinations it serves in that region, adding to its operations in Cuba (namely to Santa Clara and Varadero). airberlin (BER) will provide competition on the 271-seat, 767-300-operated, 7,842 km sector, with its own twice-weekly service.
News Item A-2: Condor Airlines (CDF) will add its 13th Boeing 767-300ER to its fleet in June 2015.
(CDF) previously reported it will launch 2x-weekly, Frankfurt - Portland, Oregon 767-300ER services from June 19, 2015 and 2x-weekly services to Rhode Island, from June 18.
The German leisure carrier is part of the Thomas Cook Group (JMA)/(GUE)/(TCW)/PAH) and transports around 7 million passengers per year to more than 75 destinations.
(CDF) said that it will add four new Airbus A321s until June 2015. (CDF) currently has two A321s in service.
The Thomas Cook Group will take delivery of a total of 25 A321s (including the four until June 2015 and two already delivered), which replaces about one-third of the Group’s current narrow body fleet.
The Thomas Cook Group operates 89 airplanes, of which 40 are flying for (CDF) (12 A320s, three A321s, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 12 767-300ERs).
May 2015: Condor (CDF) has commenced another Greek connection from Stuttgart (STR), adding weekly (Mondays) flights to Mykonos (JMK) via its existing market (served last summer) of Santorini on May 11th - - See photo - - "CDF-2015-05 - Stuttgart to Mykonos.jpg." The Greek destination becomes the fifth served from the German airport currently (joining Heraklion, Rhodes, Kos and Santorini) with these points to be joined by the seasonal re-launch of Preveza later in the Summer of 2015. The route has no incumbent competition on it, unlike the other route the German leisure carrier started this week – which was a weekly Frankfurt (FRA) to Enfidha (NBE) service, started on May 6th. This airport pair will see competing services from SunExpress Germany (SXD) and Tunisair (TUN) (both also with weekly services). Bizarrely, SunExpress Germany (SXD), which flies under its own XG code on Fridays, will be operating the Wednesday service for Condor (CDF).
A321-211 (6590, D-AIAG), ex-(D-AVXJ) (GEF) leased, and A321-211 (6615, D-AIAH), ex-(D-AVXP), (ICBC) Leasing leased.
June 2015: Condor (CDF) has launched two new seasonal services to the USA from its base at Frankfurt (FRA). On June 18. (CDF) introduced twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) flights on the 5,958 km sector to Providence (PVD) in Rhode Island, which will operate until September 3. The following day, (CDF) started 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) flights on the 8,383 km sector to Portland (PDX) in Oregon, which will operate until September 4. Both services are flown by (CDF)’s 259-seat 767-300s, and neither faces direct competition.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Condor (CDF) will base one Boeing 767-300ER in Munich and will add five new long-haul destinations from Munich during the summer season.
(CDF) will launch each weekly service to Halifax (Canada), Windhoek (Namibia), Havana (Cuba) Zanzibar (Tanzania), and Mombasa (Kenya).
For the winter 2015/2016 season, Condor (CDF) will operate 10 weekly flights from Munich to seven overseas destinations, including Mauritius, Holguin and Varadero (Cuba), Montego Bay (Jamaica), Puerto Plata, and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) as well Cancun (Mexico).
News Item A-2: Condor (CDF) took delivery of its 13th Boeing 767-300ER.
August 2015: Condor (CDSF) is to lease a (TUI) Group (TUG) 767 for winter Caribbean operations.
February 2016: News Item A-1: (AMECO) Beijing (BEJ) has won a heavy maintenance contract from Condor Airlines (CDF) for its 4 Boeing 767s. The 1st Condor 767 will be inducted for "C"-check in April.
Condor (CDF) operates a fleet of 41 aircraft, of which 13 are 767s. (AMECO) started cooperation with (CDF) in 2003 and mainly provides heavy maintenance for its Boeing 767s. During 2009 to 2010, (AMECO) modified winglets on its 9 767-300ER. The latest last heavy maintenance for (CDF) 767s was in last April, the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) firm performs "C" check for its 2 767s and cabin modification for 1 767.
News Item A-2: "Condor Expands Caribbean Services, Adds 3 767-300ERs", by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, February 19, 2016.
German leisure carrier Condor (CDF) has expanded services to the Caribbean, bringing its number of destinations to 17.
(CDF) will add a weekly, Frankfurt - Fort-de-France route, starting from November 6, as well as new services from Munich to Barbados, Havana, Santo Domingo, and San Jose for the winter 2016/2017 season.
“This is possible by adding +3 additional Boeing 767-300ERs to our fleet,” Condor Chairman & (CEO) Thomas Cook Group Ralf Teckentrup said. (CDF) will add a 767-300 in May, followed by +2 more in July.
Condor (CDF) will offer 52 weekly flights to the Caribbean from Frankfurt, Munich, and Vienna in the 2016/2017 winter period.
(CDF)’s 767-300ER are configured with 30C business, 35PY premium and 180Y economy class seats.
(CDF) transports around 7 million passengers to 75 destinations worldwide. (CDF), part of the Thomas Cook Group, operates 9 Airbus A320s, 7 A321s, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 13 767-300ERs.
News Item A-3: Condor (CDF) became the 6th airline to operate on the highly-competitive sector between Manchester (MAN) and Lanzarote (ACE) on February 14. (CDF), the leisure airline joins Jet2.com (JT2) (which operates 4x-weekly on the sector), Monarch Airlines (MON) (4x-weekly), sister carrier Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA) (4x-weekly), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) (4x-weekly) and Ryanair (RYR) (3x-weekly) on the 2,866 km route, which it will operate weekly (Sundays). The route will be flown by its 275-seat 757-300s and joins Thomas Cook (GUE)/(JMA) (which also flies 1 of its 757-300s on the sector) in using the largest airplane type on the airport pair.
April 2016: News Item A-1: Condor Flugdienst (CDF) has contracted with (HAITEC) Aircraft Maintenance to provide base maintenance at Hahn Airport. The 1st of several nose-to-tail Boeing 757 "C" checks was completed at the end of March.
News Item A-2: Thomas Cook Group Airlines chose MedAire’s MedLink medical advice and assistance service. The service will provide round-the-clock service to the Group’s airlines including Thomas Cook Airlines UK (GUE)/(JMA), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW), Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH) and Condor Flugdienst (CDF). The Group has used MedAire’s aviation security program since June 2015.
News Item A-3: SR Technics (SWS) has signed a 6-year contract to provide maintenance on the (PW4000) engines powering German leisure airline, Condor (CDF)’s fleet of 767 airplanes.
Under the terms of the agreement with (CDF), part of the Thomas Cook Airlines Group, all work will be carried out at SR Technics (SWS)’ Center of Excellence for Engine Services in Zurich.
SR Technics (SWS)’ interim (CEO) Jeremy Remacha said in addition to the engine services contract, (SWS) will also provide Condor (CDF) with financial risk mitigation and “other value-adding benefits” including access to a spare engine parts pool and a spare engine.
December 2016: Condor Airlines (CDF) has outlined a new Italy network strategy to offer travelers alternatives in important markets such as Turkey, which has seen slowed bookings and decreased demand because of its unstable geopolitical climate in 2016. “Italy is a completely new and highly interesting market for (CDF). For the summer 2017 season, we will go a completely new way and want to offer our guests new and alternative destinations,” Thomas Cook Group Commercial Director Continental Europe Paul Schwaiger said.
(CDF) will offer 19x-weekly services to 8 new destinations in Italy starting from June 30 - October 2017. The services include routes from Frankfurt to Bari, Naples, Lamezia Terme, Catania, Comiso, Palermo, Olbia, Cagliari, and Rimini.
(CDF) transports around 7 million passengers to 75 destinations worldwide. (CDF), part of the Thomas Cook Group, operates 9 Airbus A320s, 7 A321s, 13 Boeing 757-300s and 16 767-300ERs.
767-31KER (28865, G-TCCB), ex-(G-DIMB), Thomas Cook Airlines (JMA)/(GUE) wet-leased.
February 2017: Condor Airlines (CDF) has outlined what it called the largest USA expansion in its 60-year history. (CDF) said it will add non-stop service from Frankfurt to San Diego (2x-weekly), Pittsburgh (2x-weekly) and New Orleans (2x-weekly). It will also add nonstop service from Munich to Seattle (2x-weekly) and Las Vegas (2x-weekly).
All routes will be operated using Boeing 767-300ERs.
Frankfurt-based Condor (CDF), part of UK-based Thomas Cook Group Airlines, currently serves the USA cities of Anchorage, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Fairbanks, Alaska; Las Vegas, Nevada; Minneapolis, Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington state.
Thomas Cook Group Airlines (which also includes UK-based Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia) has seen a surge in flights to and from North America. Passenger numbers from North America to Europe have more than doubled in the last 3 years, with 9 routes introduced within this period. >1 million passengers used the airline’s services via the North Atlantic in 2016.
In the USA, Condor (CDF) partners with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines (ASA), New York-based JetBlue Airways (JBL) and Minneapolis-Saint Paul-based Sun Country Airlines (SCA) for connecting services.
The (CDF) network includes >75 destinations.
However, (CDF) has been hit by decreased demand, especially on flights to holiday destinations impacted by terrorist attacks in Europe in 2016. According to the German daily "Sueddeutsche Zeitung," for 2016 (CDF) reported an operating loss of -€16 million/-$16.8 million based on a turnover of €1.5 billion. (CDF) reportedly transferred 4 of its 13 Boeing 757-300s to Thomas Cook Airlines.
On February 9, the Thomas Cook Group presented (1Q) results for the 3 months ended December 31, 2016. (CDF)’s underlying (EBIT) fell £13 million/$16.2 million to a loss of -£7 million, as profitability was impacted by overcapacity in the short-haul market and weak demand.
Thomas Cook (CEO) Peter Fankhauser said, “Regarding 2017, (CDF) is performing in line with our expectations for the summer.”
(CDF) continues to be impacted by weak demand for Turkey and overcapacity to the Canaries. However, strong demand for Greece, together with capacity reductions on certain routes, is helping to mitigate the impact. “Our plan of action to improve (CDF)’s profitability, which we announced in November, is on track and is expected to deliver positive benefits from the 2nd half of the year,” he said.
A (CDF) spokesperson said in Frankfurt (CDF) expects to return to profit in 2017.
April 2017: Condor (CDF) launched 9 routes, including 6 from its biggest base at Frankfurt (FRA). Perhaps most significantly it started flights to San Diego (SAN) in California, as the (CDF), the German leisure airline’s North American portfolio expands up to 16 destinations this summer. “We are very proud to continue our USA expansion. North America is still popular and in demand as a holiday and business destination and with 11 destinations in the USA and 5 in Canada, we are well-positioned here,” said Ralf Teckentrup, Chairman of the Condor Board. The 3 new destinations (which include yet to be launched services to New Orleans and Pittsburgh) will supplement (CDF)’s existing North America S17 program, adding to Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Las Vegas, Portland (Oregon), Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle-Tacoma, Anchorage, Calgary, Fairbanks, Halifax, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver and Whitehorse.
This week’s 9 new routes are spread across 4 country markets; 4 to Greece, 2 each to Croatia and Malta and 1 to the USA.
May 2017: Condor (CDF) added New Orleans (MSY) to its North American offer from its biggest base at Frankfurt (FRA). (CDF) also commenced a Munich (MUC) to Las Vegas (LAS) sector on the same day (May 3). Both routes are to be flown 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) by its 767-300 fleet. Neither route will face any direct competition. Also launched from Munich by (CDF) on May 7 were weekly (Sundays) rotations to 2 new Greek destinations, Mykonos (JMK) and Zakinthos (ZTH).
While both city pairs will be operated by wet-leased 737 equipment, only the route to the former will encounter incumbent airlines, as Eurowings (EWG) also offers a weekly service to the "Island of the Wind."
This summer, (CDF) will be operating to 10 USA cities from Frankfurt and 2 from Munich with a total of 38x-weekly departures. As a result, (CDF) has around 6% of the German - USA market this summer based on weekly seat capacity, behind Lufthansa (DLH) (47%), United Airlines (UAL) (17%), airberlin (BER) (15%) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) (8%).
September 2017: News Item A-1: Niki Lauda, ex-Formula 1 champion and founder of Austria-based airberlin (BER) subsidiary NIKI (NKI), is partnering with UK-based Thomas Cook Group (GUE)/(JMA) and its German leisure airline subsidiary Condor (CDF) to bid for (NKI) and other parts of (BER). Lauda confirmed the consortium as the September 15 deadline nears for potential buyers of the bankrupt German carrier.
October 2017: News Item A-1: " Thomas Cook Group to Launch Balearics Airline" by Kurt Hofmann firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2017.
UK-based tour operator, the Thomas Cook Group (GUE)/(JMA) will launch a new airline in Spain’s Palma de Mallorca next year, the company said on October 18.
"Thomas Airlines Balearics" should begin operations with 3 Airbus A320s from spring 2018, operating flights for the Thomas Cook Group (GUE)/(JMA). The new unit is part of the group’s airlines growth strategy.
The 3 aircraft are currently operating for Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW).
The group has requested its 4th airline operator’s certificate (AOC) in Mallorca, in addition to UK-based Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA), Condor (CDF) in Germany and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH). Mallorca is expected to add 1 million passengers for the Thomas Cook Group, making it the most favored destination.
The Spanish subsidiary should bring additional seasonal capacity for the group airlines and the Palma base should deliver operational flexibility with a competitive cost-structure. “With this new airline we can adjust seasonal changes, do cost-effective planning and offer more destinations,” Thomas Cook Group Chief Airlines Officer Christoph Debus said. Debus said the announcement is in line with the recent fleet exchange agreement with Montreal-based leisure carrier Air Transat (AIJ).
On October 2, leisure carriers Air Transat (AIJ) and Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA) signed a 7-year agreement to exchange aircraft on a seasonal basis. The deal calls for UK-based Thomas Cook to make available a number of narrow body Airbus A321s every winter to Montreal-based Air Transat (AIJ), which will receive at least 1 wide body A330-200 in return.
The Thomas Cook Group currently includes UK-based Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW) and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH).
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0 737-75B (CFM56-7B) (28105; 28108), (GER) 5 YR WET-LSD, 2 RTND.
0 757-230 (PW2040) (382-25140, /91 D-ABNF; 587-26436, /94), LAST 4 (DLL) LSD, (ETOPS), 3 3-YR WET-LST (DUT) (24738; 275-24747, /90; 24748). 25901; 26435; OPS FOR APPLE VACATIONS 2002-12. 26433 WFU 2002-12 AT MARANA. 26436 STORED MARANA 2003-01. 3 IN STORAGE. 12 ST (MOV) 2004-01 (24749; 25436; 25437; 25438; 25439; 25440; 25441; 25901; 26433; 26434; 26435; & 26436). 24747 ST (GUG), LST (FIH), FISCHER AIR POLAND OPS 2005-12; LST (ITZ) 2006-03. 220Y.
0 757-200, (ICE) WET-LSD (THURSDAY to SUNDAY), 2000-05. 1 RTND.
13 757-330 (RB211-535E4-B) (804-29016, /98 D-ABOA; 909-29018, D-ABOI; 915-29019, /00 D-ABOJ, 2000-03), 6 GROUNDED 2002-11. 1 IN STORAGE. (846-29013, /99 D-ABOF; 855-30030, /99 D-ABOH), WET-LST (TAV) 2003-03, & (AGAIN) 2003-10. 29019; & 29021; WET-LST APPLE VACATIONS 2004-12. WINGLETS. 48CY, 217Y.
3 ORDERS (2016-05) 767-300ER, 20C, 25PY, 180Y:
0 767-3Z9ER (PW4060) (731-29867; 759-30331), EX-(LAL), RTND (LAL) 2004-01. 30331 RTND 2004-11. (ETOPS). 342 PAX, 2 CLASS.
0 767-3Z9ER (CF6-80C2), (CBD) WET-LSD 1999-04, RTND, 278 PAX.
2 767-31BER (CF6-80C2B6) (534-26259, /94 D-ABUL; 537-26985, /94 D-ABUF), 2012-08; WITH WINGLETS. 18C, 35PY, 217Y.
1 767-31KER (CF6-80C2B7) (528-27205, /94 G-TCCA), (JMA)/(GUE) WET-LSD 2013-12. WITH WINGLETS. 30PY, 267Y.
1 767-31KER (CF6-80C2B7) (533-27206, /94 G-DAJC), 2011-12 WITH WINGLETS. 326Y.
1 767-31KER (CF6-80C2B7) (28865, G-TCCB), EX-(G-DIMB), (JMA)/(GUE) WET-LSD 2016-12. 30PY, 267Y.
7 767-330ER (PW4060) (382-25209, /91 D-ABUZ; 466-26987, /92 D-ABUB; 470-26992, /92 D-ABUC; 471-26983, /92 D-ABUD; 542-553-26986, /94 D-ABUH; 562-26988, /94 D-ABUI; 746-30009, /99 D-ABUK), GAMCO (GUL) MAINT, (ETOPS). WITH WINGLETS INSTALLED BY (AMECO) (BEJ), 1ST COMPLETED 2009-06. 18C, 35PY, 217Y.
2 767-330ER (PW4062) (455-26991, /92 D-ABUA; 518-26984, /93 D-ABUE), 1993-10. WITH WINGLETS. 18C, 35PY, 217Y.
1 767-33AER (CF6-80C2B6F) (578-27908, /96 N351AX), EX-(I-DEIF), (OAE) LSD 2014-06. HAS ETOPS. 25C, 198Y.
0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2), EX-(DLH), 2 TO (CAL) 1997-12, 1 TO BELAIR.
1 A310-300 (CF6-80C2) (485), 3 YR LST (KEN) 1999-03.
30 ORDERS A320 FAMILY AIRPLANES:
12 +/2 OPTIONS A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (774, /98 D-AICA - - SEE PHOTO - - "CDF-A320-212 - 55 YR RETRO;" 884, /98 D-AICD; 894, /98 D-AICE; 1437, /01 D-AICL), CONDOR BERLIN OPS. 174Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1968, /03 D-AICN), EX-(JMA), CONDOR BERLIN OPS 2006-02. 180Y.
2 +4/6 ORDERS A321-211 (CFM56) (1607, D-AIAA - - SEE PHOTO - "CDF-A321-211 - 2012-09;" D-AIAC*), (SIL) LSD. *WITH SHARKLETS.
1 A321-211 (CFM56) (6590, D-AIAG), EX-(D-AVXJ), (GEF) LSD 2015-05.
1 A321-211 (CFM56) (6615, D-AIAH), EX-(D-AVXP), (ICBC) LEASING LSD 2015-05.
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CHRISTOPH DEVUS, CO-CHAIRMAN THOMAS COOK AIRLINES GROUP, (2013-03).
RALF TECKENTRUP, CO-CHAIRMAN THOMAS COOK AIRLINES GROUP, EX-(CDF) (2013-03), (CEO) CONDOR AIRLINES (CDF).
MS HARRIET GREEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), THOMAS COOK GROUP.
ULRICH JOHANNVILLE, THOMAS COOK GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR, & MANAGING DIRECTOR CONDOR (CDF) (2013-10).
The Finance Directors of the airline subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and the UK report to Johannville.
COR VRIESWIJK, HEAD OF OPERATIONS, THOMAS COOK GROUP & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) OF (CDF), EX-(EZY)/(MLT) (2013-03).
MANFRED SCHWABENBAUER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (CDF).
WIM DESMET, (CEO), THOMAS COOK AIRLINES BELGIUM (TCW).
CHRISTIAN SCHMITT, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, THOMAS COOK GROUP (2013-10).
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JENS BOYD, HEAD OF GROUP LONG-HAUL.
aero.com 30-Second Interview - - 2013-08:
The man with the plan. Jens Boyd, Head of Group Long-Haul, Thomas Cook Airlines Group (TCAG) has issued 2 Requests For Proposals (RFP)s in order to find 2 new European airport departure points, as well as 2 new global destinations, to help fill the spare capacity the airline group has on its 20-airplane, long-haul fleet. The Thomas Cook Airlines Group (TCAG) has issued 2 requests for proposals (RFP), the 1st being for additional frequencies to current long-haul destinations in its network out of new European departure airports that can be served by its existing 767 or A330 fleets on an inside W-pattern (out of the destination).
The second (RFP) is looking to add new long-haul points in the Americas, Asia and Africa from its existing European departure points. The reason for the (RFP)s is that presently in its S13 schedules, (TCAG) employs 5 of its 20-strong fleet of long-haul airplanes on short- and medium-haul sectors; in the winter, the spare capacity drops to 3 airplanes. anna.aero discussed the (RFP)s with Jens Boyd, Head of Group Long-Haul at (TCAG) to understand how airports, and their partner tourism bodies, can secure some of the reallocation of (TCAG)’s capacity.
anna.aero (aa): What is (TCAG) looking to get out of the (RFP) process?
Jens Boyd (JB): In particular, we are seeking to obtain insightful traffic analysis, projections and firm proposals of commitment and incentives, which will be used to steer our long-term network planning process.
aa: Has (TCAG) done this type of thing before?
JB: We have never done it in such a structured manner before, as we are looking for the airline, tour operators, airport, tourism board, hotel operators, and travel agents to work together to deliver a positive result. In the past, a tourism authority may have come to just the tour operator, a decision is made and the airline is just seen only as a part of the tour operator. This is perhaps why long-haul routes have not been continued in operations, and also why there has been limited growth to new markets, as adding this type of flight is higher cost and higher risk than for short-haul. We are also looking to use our experience of developing our scheduled network, of using passenger data like (MIDT) to make more informed decisions, as we did in our recent North American expansion.
aa: Are you looking to tie-up all the spare capacity available for W14/15 and S15 from these (RFP)s, or do you think the process may have to be repeated next year?
JB: We will take that decision once we have gone through the process. We are looking to add say 2 relevant European departure airports, as well as two new global destinations in this iteration. But clearly, as we have the spare capacity, we could look to add more new network points if the business case is right and the strong partnerships with all stakeholders have been established.
aa: In the departure airport (from Europe) (RFP) it mentions that feed from domestic and regional airline partners like Lufthansa (DLH), (SAS), (LOT) is closely integrated to the (TCAG) product: – surely this gives preference to unserved airports like Berlin or Düsseldorf for example, where there is significant presence with Lufthansa (DLH)?
JB: Feed into the airport is important, particularly when we are talking about niche destinations where there is limited demand at the origin, but we are not limited to those feeder carriers. If Brussels Airport thinks it has the potential to become a new departure point, then they may wish to propose we work with Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) on a feeder agreement. Similarly, if Dublin wants to talk to us, it might be important that an airline like Aer Lingus (ARL) is involved in any discussions we may have. So it is down to the airport in question to suggest who we could work with.
aa: Do you think the margins achieved on 7 long-haul sectors per week will be higher than those generated by the 10 - 20 short- and medium-haul sectors these airplanes are currently flying?
JB: The overall cost position of a long-haul airplane operating on a short-haul route is always going to be much worse.
aa: What is going to happen to these short-haul sectors? Will the capacity be replaced seat-for-seat?
JB: We will be back-filling this flying with a combination of our own fleet or by using wet-lease (ACMI) providers. It is always good to have a percentage of the latter in order to reduce our risk to unpredictable market changes.
aa: Could airports “buddy-up?” For example, a new European airport with a new Caribbean destination.
JB: Yes they can – it’s in the (RFP). So, for example, if Birmingham Airport thinks that in addition to a strong leisure demand, there is also local (VFR) traffic to Antigua, then we would consider that type of opportunity. In many ways, this style of approach, with both ends of a potential route working together, is taking this process to the next level.
aa: What percentage of (TCAG) long-haul’s costs are allocated to airport charges?
JB: Of course it should be 0%!! Just kidding (he laughs). In reality, it’s around 3 - 6% of total costs.
aa: On that basis how important is the ‘airport deal’ – isn’t it more important that the business case works?
JB: You are absolutely right. The business case needs to work in the long-term, as often these new route incentives expire anyway. What we are encouraging our airport partners to do is to consider the total costs of operating from their airport. For example, how competitive are the prices fuel providers charge, or indeed ground handlers? This is important when we are considering 2 airports in a particular region. We were evaluating 2 airports situated close to each other, where the larger airport’s landing charges were 3x- more expensive than its smaller competitor. However, our other costs at the bigger airport were so much cheaper than those levied at the smaller airport that no amount of incentive was ever going to recover the savings of operating into the larger airport.
aa: In terms of the prospective global leisure destinations are you looking for the airport or the tourism body to take the lead?
JB: We think that airport needs to take the lead, and also to take on a broader role in the overall partnership. They are many airports which are very good at telling us about their new check-in halls or improved security processing times, but still very few take on the responsibility of being the ‘champion’ in terms of pulling together all of the other stakeholders from the destination that we want to be included in this process.
aa: Many of your existing destinations are tried and tested – is (TCAG) prepared to try unproven markets that are not as well-developed in order to create fresh markets for its customers?
JB: Absolutely. Last winter, we started services to Siem Rep (Cambodia), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Yangon (Myanmar), and Cape Town (South Africa). Puerto Rico and South Africa will return again for this winter. In fact, Cape Town may actually be increased. So while this route churn rate is almost as bad as those from low-cost carriers (LCC)s, we are committed to exploring network white spots where customers want to go, but can’t easily get there. In the past, we have even considered places like Siberia! We know that there are lots of Russians that take holidays near Lake Baikal, so we were interested to see why and whether it would work for us. In the end, all of the components were not there to make the numbers stack-up, but yes we are keen to fill a void perhaps where a normal scheduled airline is not prepared to go. For those airports who wish to register their interest in responding to these (RFP)s, they can contact Jan Wilken Bellmann – Jan.email@example.com – at the Thomas Cook Airlines Group.
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