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June 24, 2011

Condor Airlines Starts Flights from Seattle to Frankfurt

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


Photos by David Lilienthal

The new flight will operate 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 Airlines is Germany’s second largest carrier 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.

This story was a joint effort between AirlineReporter.com and NYCAviation.com