German leisure carrier Condor has agreed to purchase 16 Airbus A330neo widebody planes as it moves to update and replace its long-haul fleet.
Condor's initiative is to increase fuel efficiency as its consumption per passenger per 100 kilometres will be 2.1 liters. The claimed figure makes it a frontrunner on long haul flights.
The first aircraft is expected in autumn 2022, while the replacement of the entire long-haul fleet is scheduled to be completed by mid-2024.
"We are introducing the two-litre aircraft into our operations and will be setting new standards: with our modern long-haul fleet, we will inseparably combine sustainability and holidays with Condor in future. On board the quietest cabin in the world on an aircraft of this size, our guests can also expect the highest level of comfort in a brand new Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class," says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor. "With our fleet modernisation we reach another milestone in our company's history and take the next step towards the future."
The A330-900neo will feature the latest generation of in-flight entertainment and connectivity on board.
The A330neo has special aerodynamics through improved wing design and is equipped with state-of-the-art engines from the manufacturer Rolls Royce. The Trent 7000 engines incorporate the latest technology, deliver exceptional efficiency and are capable of operating on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).
Thus, the Airbus A330neo sets new standards with 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions and significant fuel savings. In fact, the Airbus A330neo is the first aircraft in the world to already be certified for the regulatory reduction in CO2 emissions, which will apply as of 2028.
State-of-the-art flight and navigation systems are installed on board, which are being further developed tailor-made for Condor to meet the special requirements of the leisure airline. Noise- and CO2-efficient approach and departure procedures are thus possible even at particularly high-altitude airports - but noise pollution is also reduced by up to 60 per cent at German airports.
Neither Condor nor Airbus have released the details of the transaction, but it is typical for Airbus to give a volume discount of larger aircraft purchases.
The list price for an A330neo is around $260 million USD.