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Condor Airlines, a low-frills airline based in Germany, commenced their first Seattle (SEA) to Frankfurt (FRA) flight yesterday using a Boeing 767-300ER (D-ABUB). The first flight, arrived about 4:00pm PST and was greeted by a water canon salute and a celebration at the South Terminal.

The new flight will commence twice per week and offer three classes of service: 18 seats in Comfort Class, 35 seats in Premium Economy (with 6 inches additional legroom) and 217 in economy. Condor will provide competition for Lufthansa who currently flies daily between Seattle and Frankfurt.

Seattle becomes Condor’s fifth destination in the US after Anchorage, Fairbanks, Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas. Seattle has seen 6.7% increase in international traffic this year compared to 2010 and expects to see 23% more seats this summer to Europe versus last. Seattle currently operates flights to 19 foreign destinations that are served by 11 airlines.

“This new airline service will generate local jobs, provide more choices for travelers from Seattle to Europe, and provides capacity for air cargo between Seattle and Europe,” said Mike Ehl, Director of Operations at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. “We welcome Condor Airlines as part of our growth in international traffic.”

Condor Airline’s is Germany’s second largest airline and provides flights from Germany to mostly leisure destinations. The airline operates a fleet of 34 aircraft including the Boeing 757-300, Boeing 767-300ER and Airbus A320.

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Very cool name for an airline. Snoopy and Woodstock on the livery are cool!

James Burke

I do like their ad campaign for Premium Economy – Charlie Brown is relaxing in one seat, and Snoopy is sleeping on the armrest!

It’s funny the timing of this post. I have a Condor flight to Frankfurt on the 30th. I live in Fairbanks which is the smallest city in the US with direct flights to Europe. That’s a pretty cool statistic to hold. They’ve been flying here for about three years now and everyone is pretty happy with the arrangement I think.

Congratulations to Seattle!

Shouldn’t the Snoopy be on top of the fuselage? =)

mawestpac

Is Condor still part of LH? If know, Condor is very first LCC type of operator.

They are not, although the blue and yellow bird logo can look similar. They are part of Thomas Cook.

David

I was on the ground at the gate when Condor pulled in to Seatac. I took a lot of pictures. @ Mawestpac; Condor is associated with LH, but is a part of the Thomas Group (the tail design reflects this). LH turned over the majority interest to Condor in 2002. I think LH still has 8% interest in Condor.

Hey Bill,

Do you have photos online anywhere?

David

Sorry David, I don’t post my pictures on-line. But I said that LH turned over interest to DE when I meant to say that they turned over interest to the Thomas Cook Group in 2002. There were many LH people there though and an LH manager came to my office along with a Condor rep to check on my files. I don’t mind sharing if there is another way to do it.

ALEXANDRU

We cam with an Condor liner on 14.08.2011-USA company QAI or what ever,from Punta Cana to Frankfurt on a chair with the backrest damaged: the back of the chair was clamped with an wire!!!, in a plane with maintenance boy on board.
Unbelievable still they came on time and we catch our connection in 50 min. to Bucharest.
All the best
Alex

Jesse Dziedzic

I do not disagree with this writing!

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