LONDON – This week saw German leisure carrier Condor complete its move from Terminal 1 at JFK to Terminal 7.
This move from Condor has been made as part of closer connectivity with its partner airlines of, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue.
When the new Terminal 6 opens in 2025, this enables Condor to be in close proximity to JetBlue in particular, whilst they share a room with Alaska Airlines in T7.
The Condor-JetBlue-Alaska Operation…
Through their arrangements with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, Condor offers onward connection into the United States from JFK.
Condor is a participant in the Alaska Mileage Plan and has been able to offer significant connectivity to JetBlue out of New York through its four-weekly service from Frankfurt.
Ahead of the busy Summer 2023 season, Condor will be boosting frequencies to daily, which will be welcomed by JetBlue and Alaska Airlines for more passenger output.
Such an operation is a nifty and effective service, which many passengers onboard Condor enjoys.
Condor & The A330neo…
With the first Condor Airbus A330-900neo completing its successful customer acceptance flight, let’s take a look into its fleet renewal strategy.
Condor made the order announcement back in July 2021, where an agreement was signed for 16 units of the aircraft type.
As a breakdown, the agreement will see seven of the nine a direct purchase, with nine to be on the lease.
However, in a press release from Condor last month, an additional two units have been added to the orderbook/leasebook, bringing the total count to 18.
According to the German leisure airline, the first passenger flight of D-ANRA will operate to Mauritius.
A Modern Launch Customer of the A330neo in Germany…
At the time of the order, Condor CEO Ralf Teckentrup said the following:
“We are proud to be the German launch customer for the A330neo.”
“Thanks to the latest technology and maximum efficiency of the aircraft, we will be taking off with our new plane in Autumn 2022 with fuel consumption of just 2.1 liters per passenger per 100 kilometers.”
“With this value, we are the front-runner in Germany and, as the most popular leisure airline, we will consistently continue to interweave the themes of sustainability and holidays.”
“On board, our customers can expect the highest levels of comfort in a brand new Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class.”
“We are looking forward to our new aircraft and to the successful cooperation with Airbus as a strong partner by our side.”
It remains clear that through their fleet modernization plans, this news from JFK complements Condor’s strategy well.
Looking ahead, it’s going to be interesting to see what else the carrier has in mind for the upcoming Summer 2023 season as well as beyond.
But at the moment, under the helm of CEO Teckentrup, Condor does seem to be on the rise once again, and will no doubt witness success this year.