Condor’s new Polish owner intends to replace the 16 ageing Boeing 767s operated by the airline with a larger fleet of long-haul aircraft.
During a press briefing today, Polska Grupz Lotnicza’s chief executive Rafal Milczarski – who also heads subsidiary LOT – said that the Condor fleet renewal will begin by 2024 and that the German leisure carrier would require “at least” 20 aircraft for its long-haul operation.
LOT will need “at least” 10 additional long-haul aircraft over the coming years, and PGL will talk to both Boeing and Airbus in deciding on a “perfect fleet mix” for the group, says Milczarski.
Cirium fleets data shows that LOT has 15 787s and 16 737s, including five Max 8s and three -400s in storage. The Polish flag carrier also has 35 Embraer E-Jets and 12 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, and has wet-leased additional aircraft, including nine CRJ900s and two CR700s from Estonian carrier Nordica.
LOT has nine Max 8s and one 787-9 on order, and holds options on a further two Dreamliners.
There are eight leased or wet-leased Airbus jets in service with LOT, and Milczarski says the airline has for a long time been “very seriously” evaluating whether to place a direct order with the European airframer.
Condor’s fleet meanwhile includes 12 A320ceos, 10 A321ceos and two A330-200s – including one wet-leased from the UK’s AirTanker – alongside 15 757-300s and 16 767-300ERs.