The German holiday airline Condor is relying on the services of other airlines to a greater extent in the current 2022 summer timetable period. These fly under wet lease agreements on behalf of the holiday airline.
Specifically, Condor European Air Charter, Bulgaria Air, Sundair and Heston Airlines. The rented aircraft is used from various German airports. Some of this is also – at least hinted at – designed in the new livery of the client. For example, there are already Airbus jets from European Air Charter and Bulgaria Air, which carry stripes on the empennage.
Heston Airlines has been newly signed by Condor. The aviation company based in Vilnius is a start-up, which only last year AOC and operating license obtained. The fleet consists of six aircraft: three Airbus A320 and three Airbus A330-200. According to CH-Aviation.com, the average age of the fleet is 14,7 years.
Eurowings and Eurowings Discover also rely on ACMI service providers
With the increased use of wet-lease aircraft, Condor is not an isolated case. The competitor Eurowings secured for this summer season five Airbus A220-300, operated by Air Baltic from Dusseldorf. Keep flying eleven A320s operated by Avion Express Malta from Stuttgart and Düsseldorf for the Lufthansa subsidiary. There are also machines operated by Tuifly and jets that are used at short notice on an ad hoc charter basis.
The affiliated company Eurowings Discover can also be grabbed by other airlines. Two Airbus A220-300 from Air Baltic will fly from May 2022 on short and medium-haul routes for the youngest Lufthansa airline. Around the same time, Finnair will be used on long-haul routes for Eurowings Discover. Flight plan data shows that Las Vegas and Tampa, among others, are to be served with this type. The Oneworld member's long-haul jets will be deployed from both Frankfurt am Main and Munich. In the USA, the necessary application has already been submitted to the DoT. This is necessary in order to be able to offer code sharing within the Lufthansa Group on wet lease flights as well.