With Condor Airlines being a smaller, low-cost carrier, it is not a huge surprise that their on-site maintenance facility at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is quite small (well, in comparison to others like Lufthansa Technik).
Just because the hangar might not have the volume of other locations, it is a place where the job gets done. Ensuring that aircraft are checked and safe is no easy task, but a very important one.
Condor’s facility at FRA is able to work on one Boeing 767 at a time — and they only work on their 767s and 757s there. Condor sublets out the work done on their Airbus aircraft at other facilities around Europe.
During my visit, there was a Boeing 767 that just had its left engine replaced. It looked almost shiny and new, although it was a refurbished unit. Seeing all the parts of an open engine is always inspiring. How engineers could design such a complex piece of machinery and it can fly with little-to-no issues for such long periods of time.
Due to the size and capabilities of the facility, generally only line maintenance and A-checks are done there. Larger C/D-checks are sublet out to Manchester.
During our visit we had the opportunity to go inside the cabin. I can’t really explain it, but going into the cabin of any aircraft that is in the middle of maintenance is such a different experience.
There is an energy of potential. Like right now, the plane is not able to operate, but soon, but soon the plane will be back out in service, flying passengers around the world.
Now, one fun fact that we learned during our trip was finding out the speed at which human waste will travel from the front lavatory to the rear holding tank on a 767. Anyone want to make any guesses?
260 kph — that is over 160 mph. That is impressive.