Condor’s A330neo: Most environmentally friendly aircraft in the skies?

The Airbus A330neo consumes just 2.1 litres per passenger per 100 kilometres – well below the industry average. By comparison, a new Golf 7 consumes more than 5.0 litres per 100 kilometres.

On February 13, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) welcomed the arrival of Condor Airlines’ inaugural flight 2016 from Frankfurt. The flight was the first flight operated by Condor’s new Airbus A330neo aircraft to the U.S., and the first in what will become an exclusive, all-A330neo fleet operating on all of Condor’s long-haul flights by 2024.

The A330neo will replace the previous generation of Boeing 767 aircraft and will significantly reduce Condor’s operating costs. The A330neo is the new version of the popular A330 widebody, incorporating the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, new wings and aerodynamic innovations. The aircraft reduces Condor’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent.

The A330neo consumes just a half a gallon of fuel per passenger per 62 miles flown—well below the industry average. The aircraft is the first in the world already certified for the regulatory reduction in CO2 emissions, which will be required by 2028, and that subsequently will reduce travelers’ environmental footprint.

The A330neo supports state-of-the-art flight and navigation systems tailored to Condor’s exacting requirements, resulting in more noise- and CO2 -efficient approach and departure procedures, even at particularly high-altitude airports, reducing noise pollution by up to 60 percent. The new, aircraft arrives just in time for the upcoming celebration of Earth Day in April and the start of the peak spring and summer transatlantic travel season, when Condor will offer daily, non-stop service from JFK to its Frankfurt hub.

Condor’s A330neo will offer more inflight passenger comfort and will accommodate 310 passengers, featuring 30 seats in Business, 64 seats in Premium Economy and 216 seats in Economy class. The aircraft features a whisper quiet Airspace cabin, providing passengers with a high level of comfort, ambience and design. This includes offering more personal space, larger overhead bins, a new lighting system, and the ability to offer the latest in-flight entertainment systems and connectivity. The A330neo also features a state-of-the-art cabin air system, ensuring a clean and safe environment during the flight.

The new Condor Business Class offers 30 lie-flat (180 degree) seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct aisle access for all guests. The seat converts to a 76-inch long by 19-inch-wide bed. Business Class guests have access to the latest movies, series, podcasts and games, all accessible on a 17.3-inch screen in 4K mode, with touchscreen and remote control.  The first row of Business Class will also feature four “Prime Seats,” with added space large enough to accommodate two guests who wish to dine together and an extra-large, 24-inch entertainment screen. The “Prime Seats” will feature added in-flight amenities including a premium travel kit, inflight pajamas, and a premium snack basket.

In the Premium Economy Class, guests enjoy more personal space thanks to a generous extra seat pitch of 35 inches and a greater backrest angle of up to six inches. In addition, the multi-adjustable headrest and footrest at every seat ensure a significantly more comfortable flight experience. Both the Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats have 13.3-inch in-seat 4K monitors with touchscreens, which can be used to enjoy the extensive in-flight-program. Condor’s A330neo features a 2-4-2 seating configuration in both classes.

A brand-new feature awaits guests in all three classes: Condor’s new A330neo offers high-speed broadband Internet and onboard connectivity. The latest in-flight-entertainment technology provides a wide of films, series, and podcasts. Each seat has an extra holder for a mobile device, so that streaming is also possible. In addition, personal Bluetooth headphones can be connected to the aircraft’s in-flight-entertainment system. The cabin also features mood lighting in all three classes that can be individually adjusted to suit the time of day. This helps guests aboard to fall asleep easily and wake up more relaxed.

Visually, the new cabin product impresses with a stylish color concept featuring the “Condor Marina” and “Condor Earth” color schemes, as well as subtle stripes as a recurring design element. This includes a striped badge on every seat as well as uniformly striped headrest covers in Business and Premium Economy Class. This complements Condor’s new branding displayed on the exterior of each A330neo. The design of the cabin was developed by the design agency müller/romca industrial design based in Kiel. Remo Masala, owner of the visionalphabet agency in Berlin, who designed Condor’s new brand identity.

“We are thrilled that New York/JFK is our first North American gateway to receive our next-generation A330neo aircraft, which is truly a game-changer for Condor and for transatlantic travel,” said Mikko Turtiainen, new director of sales-The Americas for Condor. “The response to the A330neo by the first guests to fly with us has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait to have more Americans experience this modern, stylish, and sustainable aircraft as we roll out more of our A330neo fleet across North America. We’re also very excited to bring the A330neo to our new Terminal Seven home at JFK, where we just recently located alongside our partner, Alaska Airlines and next door to our partner JetBlue, allowing for even easier connectivity.” For more information and to book flights, visit