German Airline Condor Flugdienst GmbH has got its chequebook out and has signed with Airbus for a replacement fleet order.
The agreement will cover 41 aircraft, via lease and direct purchase. These aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines (PW1127G on the A320neo and PW1133G on the A321neo), which are Sustainable Air Fuels capable of out of the box.
The fleet will be split into 13 Airbus A320neo and 28 Airbus A321neo. Further purchase rights are within the order but have not been disclosed.
Condor is currently in the process of taking delivery of its new Airbus A330-900 fleet, which is due for introduction by early 2024. They have has been operating the A320 for more than 20 years on its network in Europe.
The move will make the exit of the remaining Boeing 757 aircraft, as well as renew its existing Airbus A320 family aircraft.
It will also make the airline an all-Airbus airline, allowing for savings in the cockpit.
Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International said:
“Following Condor’s earlier decision to order the A330neo for its long-haul network, we are double grateful the airline has now also selected the Airbus A320neo Family to modernise its single-aisle-fleet following a thorough evaluation process. We are proud of such a strong vote of confidence and welcome Condor as a future all-Airbus operator,”
Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor said:
“After we will have replaced our entire long-haul fleet with state-of-the-art 2-liter aircraft by the beginning of 2024, it is the logical next step for us to modernize our short- and medium-haul fleet as well. With our new A320neo and A321neo aircraft, we are consistently developing our fleet and ourselves as a company, and also taking care of our own aspiration to enable responsible and at the same time comfortable travel with significantly reduced CO2 emissions, significantly lower fuel consumption and less noise,”
A busy replacement and consolidation exercise
Condor is consolidating its fleet as it edges away from a Boeing/Airbus mix to Airbus only. Currently, the airline operates 13 Boeing 757-300s, 10 Airbus A321s and 14 Airbus A320s (With at least three aircraft leased). With 41 aircraft coming into the fleet, it represents a small expansion, with the focus on larger aircraft, given the order split (which will grow by 4 aircraft compared to today’s fleet).
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