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Welcome To Condor US

Our History (1955-2006)

Condor, the charter flight airline from Thomas Cook AG, is founded on December 21st as “Deutsche Flugdienst GmbH” by the four partners Norddeutscher Lloyd (27.75 %), Hamburg-Amerika-Linie (27.75 %), Deutsche Lufthansa (26 %) and Deutsche Bundesbahn (18.5 %). The base airport is Frankfurt am Main. The fleet consists of three British-made Vickers Viking two-engine propeller aircraft, each with 36 seats.

The company’s tourism flight operation begins on March 29th with a pilgrimage flight to the “Holy Land”. Within the first year of operation, Majorca and the Canary Island of Tenerife are already added to the flight schedule.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG takes over 95.5 percent of the capital.

Deutsche Flugdienst GmbH takes over “Condor-Luftreederei”, founded in 1957 by the Hamburg-based Oetker concern, and changes its name to Condor Flugdienst GmbH. This move returns a tradition-rich name to the Lufthansa family, stemming from the Lufthansa subsidiary “Syndicato Condor Ltda”, founded in 1927 in Rio.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH has a 63.3 percent market share of all German tourism air travel. Some 32,000 passengers are transported in this year – Majorca is the leading destination with 18,400 passengers.

The first long-haul flights go to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kenya and the Dominican Republic.

Condor is the world’s first leisure airline to use a Boeing 747, the “Jumbo”, in its fleet.

With turnover of 291 million Deutschmarks, Condor is the world’s leading holiday airline. The fleet consists of a total of 14 Boeing aircraft: Two Boeing 747s, two Boeing 707s and ten Boeing 727s.

Together with Turkish Airlines, Condor founds the airline SunExpress. Condor buys Südflug GmbH, which is a subsidiary of Condor afterwards. “Condor Flüge individuell” (today Condor Individuell): Condor no longer markets only charter capacities, but now also uses its individual seat business do sell airline seats alone to end customers directly.

Condor is the first tourism airline to introduce a separate, more comfortable class into its aircraft: The new Condor Comfort Class creates new quality standards.

In fall the subsidiary Südflug is integrated into Condor.

Condor expands its shareholdings. Meanwhile Condor-Touristik-Verbund owns holdings in alpha Holding GmbH (30 percent), Kreutzer Touristik GmbH (37.5 percent), Fischer Reisen GmbH (100 percent) and 10 percent of Öger Tours GmbH. Condor additionally assumes the 40 percent owned by Lufthansa in the Turkish charter airline SunExpress.

For Condor’s 40th birthday celebration, American painter James Rizzi creates a Boeing 757 as a flying work of art, the so-called “Rizzi-Bird”. With twelve firm orders, Condor Flugdienst GmbH is the first customer for the Boeing 757-300.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH belongs to C&N Touristic AG (today Thomas Cook AG): With the merger of Condor Flugdienst GmbH and NUR Touristic GmbH, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and KarstadtQuelle AG have created the basis for an integrated tourism concern with a European format – both partners each hold 50 percent in the company.

At the start of the year, Condor founds “Condor Berlin GmbH”, a 100 percent subsidiary with its headquarters in Berlin Schönefeld. By the end of the year, Condor is awaiting six Airbus A320-200 aircraft, the most technologically modern short-haul aircraft in the world. They replace the four previously leased Boeing 737-300s.

Condor redesigns the Comfort Class in its Boeing 767-300 aircraft, featuring new seats with significantly increased space between seats and an on-board entertainment system equipped with portable DVD players.

Thomas Cook becomes the integrated international tourism brand: Condor is transformed into the new brand, “Thomas Cook powered by Condor”. In Germany, the Condor and Condor Berlin airplanes gradually bear the new Thomas Cook design: The fuselage sections of the aircraft feature the Thomas Cook logotype in the future, and the tail unit displays the Thomas Cook logo. The reference “powered by Condor” makes it clear that the new airline brand is relying on the tried-and-true Condor quality. In June of 2002, the first of a total of 50 Condor aircraft takes off displaying the new paint job.

The Condor fleet is reduced by twelve Boeing 757-200s in order to diminish overcapacity on the market.

Starting in May, the Thomas Cook AG airline in Germany returns to the skies under the Condor brand name. As the first and up to now only German airline, the new Condor also begins offering discount prices on long-haul flights: Starting at 99 Euros, guests can fly with Condor to America, to the Caribbean, to Africa and to Asia. Discount introductory prices also apply effective immediately for short and medium-haul destinations, starting at 29 Euros.

Condor Berlin welcomes another Airbus A320 and now operates a fleet of 13 aircraft of this type.

In March, Condor Flugdienst GmbH celebrates its 50th Birthday. Various events and promotions bring its exciting history to life once again. In the anniversary year 2006, Condor sends a flying declaration of love to the world: The uniquely designed Boeing 757-300 named “Willi” after Wilfried Meyer, who decisively shaped Condor’s image for 30 years. Highlights include the larger-than-life fly on the tail, the motto “Wir lieben Fliegen” (“Born to fly”), and the colorful hearts.

Starting in April, Condor offers the especially inexpensive City Flights service from Munich to the most beautiful cities in Europe. Condor City Flights start as low as €29 one way including all surcharges.

Take a look at our special Condor birthday treat: 50 years of Condor microsite!

Our Fleet:
With an annual passenger transport performance of almost seven million passengers and more than 70 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Condor is one of the leading tourism airlines throughout the world. With over 9 departure airports in Germany, Condor’s service is readily available to you nationwide.

Condor operates the aircraft types Boeing 767-300, Boeing 757-300 and Airbus A320. All Boeing types are maintained by Condor Technik GmbH, all Airbus types are maintained by the technical section of Condor Berlin GmbH, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Condor Flugdienst GmbH. The maintenance is carried out to Lufthansa standards, and therefore guarantees the highest possible quality.

Condor Berlin, operator of the Airbus A320 fleet, has its own maintenance facilities in Berlin. The technical division of Condor Berlin employs approx. 80 highly qualified and experienced staff. Major technical checks are carried out at the parent base in Berlin Schönefeld in cooperation with Lufthansa’s technical division. Daily checks at external stations are carried out by Condor Berlin’s technicians, and at certain individual stations by Lufthansa staff.


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