Condor introduces its first A321

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Frankfurt-based charter carrier Condor has introduced its first Airbus A321 ahead of a planned fleet replacement programme.

Starting in 2013/2014, the German subsidiary of UK tour operator Thomas Cook wants to replace its existing narrowbody fleet - comprising 13 Boeing 757-300s and 12 A320s - with around 30 A320 and A321 aircraft over a five-year period.

The first A321 (reg D-AIAA) joined the fleet earlier this month. The CFM International CFM56-5B3/P-powered aircraft (MSN 1607) was built for Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation in 2001 and has since been operated by Italian carrier Volare, Germany's LTU and Air Berlin.

BOC Aviation still owns the aircraft and has now leased it to Condor.

The twinjet has been configured with 210 seats in a single-class layout and will be operated from Berlin, Hannover and Paderborn to Mediterranean holiday destinations.