FRANKFURT, GERMANY--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - Condor Flugdienst GmbH is to equip its long-haul fleet with new cabins. The aircraft seats in all classes are being replaced with modern ones. Throughout the entire aircraft, an entertainment program on demand will be available enabling each passenger to select the on-board entertainment program on a personal screen.
"Condor is one of the few European airlines to score high marks in terms of product and service quality. In order to maintain these high standards, we are adapting our long-haul product to bring it in line with the general market situation to enable us to compete at the highest level now and in the years to come," Ralf Teckentrup, chairman of the Condor management board explained. "With its cabin refurbishment, Condor creates a modern product and offers a high-class product as well as best service to vacationers."
In connection with the cabin refurbishment, the Condor Comfort Class is to be renamed Business Class and bringing it in line with the term generally used in the market and well known to customers. The new Condor Business Class offers its passengers the well-known excellent service and fully automated, comfortable angled-lie-flat seats capable of inclining to an angle of 170 degrees with a bed length of 1.80m providing ample space for relaxed travelling. Integrated USB and power connections will be available for personal electronic devices.
Additionally, fleet strategy is also being optimized: Condor will be operating with two different cabin configurations meaning that three of its twelve aircraft will be able to offer 30 Business Class seats. These aircraft will then be deployed increasingly on routes with high Business Class demand such as those to the Maldives, the Seychelles, and Mauritius. The remaining nine aircraft will continue to offer 18 seats in their new Business Class to Las Vegas, Seattle, Vancouver and other Condor destinations.
The refurbishment is to commence in stages during scheduled layover periods in winter 2013/14: The first aircraft with the new cabin is planned to start scheduled operation as from autumn 2013. By summer 2014, the refurbishment of the entire fleet is expected to be completed.
Condor Flugdienst GmbH has been flying its guests to worldwide destinations since 1956. On an annual basis, 6.7 million passengers fly with Condor. Condor is the Germans' favorite airline: In a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the German Institute for Service Quality (DISQ) in December 2012, Condor placed first and was the only airline to be awarded the seal "very good." Since March 1, 2013, Condor has merged with the airlines Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium to form the Thomas Cook Airline Group.