Condor 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 %). Condor’s hub 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 100 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.


Condor Flugdienst GmbH has a 63.3 % market share of all German tourism air travel. Some 66,000 passengers are transported in this year – Majorca is the leading destination with 36 000 passengers.


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


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


"Condor Flüge Individuell" (today  Condor Individuell): Condor no longer markets only charter capacities, but now also uses its individual seat business to sell airline seats directly to customers.


Condor takes modern  Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 jets into service. They had been initially operated by the production company Südflug, a 100 percent subsidiary of Condor. 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 92 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, which will be later extended to 50 percent.


For Condor’s 40th birthday celebration, American artist 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 launch 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.


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.  During the next couple of years the fleet expands to twelve aircraft.


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 name, 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 aircraft takes off displaying the new livery.


Beginning 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.


In March, Condor Flugdienst GmbH celebrates its fiftieth birthday. Its exciting history is relived through a number of different campaigns. In the anniversary year of 2006, Condor flies a declaration of love around the world, the uniquely designed Boeing 757-300 called “Willi”, after Wilfried Meyer, who for 30 years was the defining influence for Condor’s image. On October 16, Condor welcomes on board its 15 millionth passenger since 1956.


While overhauling the cabins in its Boeing 767 long-haul fleet, Condor introduces a new Premium Economy Class in addition to the regular Economy Class. A separate technical unit, Condor Technik GmbH, is set up to perform the highly demanding repair and maintenance work on the Condor Boeing fleet at Frankfurt Airport.


Condor retrofits its Boeing 767 long-haul aircraft with newly developed aerodynamic winglets. This wingtip extension reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Aircraft of the type Boeing 757-300 are being equipped with winglets as well.


After the devastating earthquake in Haiti and successful transport of relief supplies, Condor and the aid organisation “Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e. V. – Wings of help” set up a partnership in June. Condor furnishes its Airbus A320 fleet with a new cabin interior. Condor provides the latest news, travel tips and more on Facebook.



The Thomas Cook Group plc decides to renew all short – and long-haul distance fleets of all airlines. In September, Condor integrates an additional Boeing 767 in its long-haul fleet. In December, the Airbus A320 with the registration D-AICA is painted in nostalgic design of the 1960s, and named Hans in commenoration to the first tour operator chartering Condor, Hans Geisler.


In spring 2012 Condor moves into its new company headquarters in Gateway Gardens, in May the first Airbus A321-200 is registered. Condor extends its fleet to twelve long-haul airplanes of the type Boeing 767. According to a customer satisfaction survey of the German Institute of Service Quality (DISQ) in December 2012, Condor is awarded the most popular airline among German travelers. As test winner, Condor carries the official seal "very good".


Condor merges with the airlines Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium to form the Thomas Cook Group Airline. Since October 1st, all companies within the Thomas Cook Group plc. are united under a common symbol: The Sunny Heart.


All Condor long-haul aircraft undergo an extensive cabin refurbishment. The cabin refurbishment includes the installation of a completely new cabin with in-seat entertainment in all classes and new fully automated, comfortable angled-lie-flat seats in the new Condor Business Class. In February and April, the first new Airbus A321-211 with Sunny Heart design and extended wings, so called Sharklets, are delivered to Condor. In a survey by Focus and Focus Money, Condor is awarded as sustainable airline. Condor receives the gold seal.


Condor offers a Germany-wide unique concept Airshoppen. Guests can use Condor's Airshoppen service with more than 950 products at home before their flight to shop tax-free and save up to 60 percent. The goods will be brought to the passenger's seat on the booked outbound or return flight Portland, Oregon, and Providence, Rhode Island, are new Condor destinations for summer 2015.


Germany's most popular leisure airline celebrates 60th anniversary. On March 29, 1956, the first Condor aircraft took off from Frankfurt.


The Thomas Cook Group Airline, consisting of Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Balearics, Scandinavia, Thomas Cook Aviation and Condor, increased its profit for the 2017/18 financial year by 37% to GBP 129 million. With an 8.8% increase in available seats and a fleet of 100 aircraft, total revenues increased by 10.1% to £3.5bn in 2017/18. Condor is the second largest airline at Düsseldorf Airport and maintains its Airbus fleet in Düsseldorf via its subsidiary Condor Technik GmbH.


For the fourth time in a row Condor is the most popular holiday plane of the Germans. In the categories price-performance ratio, reliability, service and recommendation, Condor is among the top three airlines. Even after the compulsory liquidation of the Thomas Cook Group plc, flight operations continue on a regular basis. Condor is released from joint liability for the accountabilities of the Thomas Cook Group with the aid of a protective shield procedure.


Condor remains the most popular leisure airline in Germany and will once again fly from Munich to Cancun in Mexico, Halifax in Canada, Seattle in the United States and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from summer 2020 and will therefore bring back Condor long-haul flights to the Bavarian capital. The route network from Frankfurt will also be further expanded this year. With the new destination Edmonton in Canada, the leisure airline is enlarging its North American route network. Short and medium-haul routes are also going to receive a breath of fresh air: Condor will fly to Paphos in Cyprus, Tivat in Montenegro and Toulon in France. In addition, Condor now also flies to Greece, Italy and the Canary Islands from Berlin-Schönefeld.


Condor has a new owner: as a healthy company, Germany's most popular leisure airline takes off with the European asset manager Attestor. In July 2021, the Supervisory Board agrees to order 16 new Airbus A330-900neo long-haul aircraft. As the German launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, Condor is thus focusing on latest technology, maximum efficiency and the highest level of customer comfort. Fuel consumption per passenger per 100 kilometres will be 2.1 litres, which makes Condor the European frontrunner on long-haul flights. As of end of 2022, our 2-litre aircraft will take our guests to the most beautiful holiday destinations far away.  Moreover, Condor will receive 43 brand-new short- and medium-haul aircraft of the A32Xneo family from 2024.


Condor unveils new brand identity: Inspired by parasols, bath towels and beach chairs, Condor now wears stripes in five colors, showing its evolution from a vacation airline to a unique and distinctive vacation brand.

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