Condor is making circular flights: New design for all planes

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Condor Airbus A330-900

New look for the holiday airline: In the autumn, the first new Airbus A330-900 will join the Condor fleet.

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New investor, new long-haul fleet, new destinations: the holiday airline Condor wants to take off and set an example with striking stripes on the plane.

The first press images, made up of photomontages, look like a late April Fools’ joke: the Condor planes, whose fuselages are not painted white, contrary to the trend, but instead have vertical stripes of different colors, from nose to tail. The tail. .

But the first brightly painted Airbus A321 in the new design took off on Tuesday and is therefore in daily use. The aircraft with yellow stripes and registration D-AIAD took off from Frankfurt at noon bound for Lanzarote.

“Condor is vacation. And holidays are stripes”, is the motto of the new brand image. “In the future, Condor will use stripes in five colours. Drawing inspiration from umbrellas, bath towels and beach loungers, Condor is becoming a distinctive and unique holiday airline,” says a press release.

Gone are sayings like “We love to fly”, the confusion of different aircraft paint finishes and logos on the vertical stabilizer. Condor Flugdienst GmbH, founded in 1955, wants to put the turbulent times of the last three years behind it: the bankruptcy of the parent company Thomas Cook in autumn 2019, the departure of the Polish investor PGL, state aid and loans from KfW in the millions and downsizing with layoffs during the Corona crisis.

Reboot by certifier

With the entry of the investor Attestor almost a year ago, sufficient capital is available to finally undertake the modernization of the long-haul fleet. Condor flies passengers to long-haul destinations from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia with 13 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, some of which have been in service for 29.5 years.

In the autumn, the first of 16 ordered Airbus A330neos will join the fleet. The first images of the next-generation long-range aircraft being built in Toulouse can already be seen on Twitter.

The new finishes recall the pattern of a coral snake and the striped packaging of pill manufacturer Fisherman’s Friend. However, the yellow and blue main colors of the new corporate identity still show some closeness to Lufthansa, which had said goodbye to its melon-yellow crane symbol, also known as “fried egg”, in 2018.

Not the logo, but the ringed body becomes the brand

In addition to the striped look in the colors yellow, red, blue, green and beige, Condor also features gray as a contrasting colour. The look is so commanding and unmistakable that the Condor letters are only lower case and greatly reduced on the lower part of the fuselage between the cockpit and the wing attachment.

Airbus A321 the condo

Condor’s first freshly painted Airbus A321, the “Sunshine” aircraft with registration D-DIAD.

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The seal of the Condor, the condor symbolized in a circle, is also engraved in a reduced and slightly modified form on the tail unit. The once historic logo design dates back to designer Otl Aicher, co-founder of the Ulm School of Design.

With the repaints, which also affect the Airbus A320 and Boeing 757 fleets, but not the older Boeing 767s, the interior of the aircraft will also be refurbished. Condor boss Ralf Teckentrup promises new crew uniforms, from scarves to ties, and even new cutlery on board to a redesign of the home page.

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Condor has the “rebranding” that cost two million euros, which was created under the direction of Remo Masala of the Berlin agency Vision Alphabet. “Our new brand is the stripes, our logo represents our origin and the colors diversity”, said Teckentrup at the presentation.

The new design should polarize. But one thing is already certain: Condor is mixing up the monotonous monotony of airplanes and bringing more color to the sky and to airports. Your planes will be more recognizable from afar than the jets of any other airline.

Five more planes will be repainted in the coming weeks, so six planes with the new design will be on the road in the summer flight schedule. The first new Airbus A330neo, which has already been painted in Toulouse these days, can take off from autumn.

The striped planes remain an exception, but Condor has the courage to declare its special liveries as standard.

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