Which Plane Could Replace Condor’s Boeing 767s?

Condor’s new owner, the parent company of LOT Polish Airlines, has hinted that it is looking to replace Condor’s fleet of 16 Boeing 767-300ERs, which age from 18 to 28 years old. There are a few different options on the cards at the moment, but which is the most likely?

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Condor’s fleet of Boeing 767s is aging. Photo: Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr

Condor was one of the only remnants of Thomas Cook which managed to avoid insolvency back in September when the company collapsed. After a few months in limbo, yesterday Condor finally found a new buyer in Polska Grupa Lotnicza, the parent company of LOT Polish Airlines.

It’s been just a day since the deal was announced, but speculation around changes Polska Grupa Lotnicza will implement are already picking up.

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Condor’s fleet renewal

One of the first things to be discussed in a press briefing about Polska Grupa Lotnicza’s acquisition of Condor was new aircraft. As reported by Flight Global, PGL’s chief executive, Rafal Milcarski, made it clear that Condor is in need of a significant fleet renewal.

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According to Milczarski, this fleet renewal should begin by 2024, and it will mainly focus on replacing Condor’s Boeing 767s.

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Condor’s Boeing 767 replacement will begin in 2024. Photo: Alicia Faverging via Wikimedia Commons

The Boeing 767 is currently Condor’s long-haul option, but PGL is keen to replace it with something newer. Milczarski mentioned that Condor will need at least 20 new aircraft to adequately cover its long-haul plans.

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Potential options on the cards

Luckily for PGL and Condor, there is no shortage of potential options on the cards to replace the airline’s Boeing 767 fleet.

Back in July 2018, Blue Swan Daily reported that Condor’s previous parent company, Thomas Cook, was already looking at potential replacements to the Boeing 767.

At the time, Blue Swan Daily suggested that the Airbus A330 would be a good option, mainly because Thomas Cook already operated a large number of the type. Bringing the two airlines closer together in terms of fleet composition would make sense from a cost-saving perspective.

But, now that Condor has a new owner, the motivation to pursue the Airbus A330 probably isn’t quite as strong, especially considering LOT Polish Airlines doesn’t operate the type.

Like Condor, LOT Polish Airlines previously operated Boeing 767s, but it replaced them with Boeing 787s. The Boeing 787 could be another potential, albeit expensive, option for Condor.

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LOT Polish Airlines replaced its Boeing 767s with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Masakatsu Ukon via Flickr

But Rafal Milczarski has also hinted that PGL would be willing to consider aircraft from Airbus too. An addition of more Airbus aircraft to Condor’s fleet would steer the airline away from its current even split between the two main aircraft manufacturers.

As reported by Flight Global, Milczarski has made a couple of comments which would suggest he is excited by the prospect of Airbus additions to Condor.

LOT Polish Airlines currently operates Boeing-heavy fleet, and Milczarski says he is “thrilled” that Condor has Airbus A320-family aircraft in its fleet.

If these comments are anything to go by, Condor may well be eyeing up Airbus types as a potential replacement to its Boeing 767s.

Simple Flying has reached out to both LOT Polish Airline and Airbus for comment on Condor’s fleet renewal. Currently, neither has been able to respond, but we will update the article once we receive more information.

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Adrian

There is an error in this article. It should be Polska Grupa Lotnicza but you put Polska Grupz Lotnicza. Please correct this if possible.

Bartosz

I think the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be chosen as a replacement for the 767s since it’s LOT’s only long-haul, wide-body aircraft, but the A330neo is also a possible choice…

Anonymous

They could as they have said they are considering both options

Muda Sulaiman

A330-800 will be a reasonable choice, commonality is they key here.

Ed Medic

The article states that 787s may be too expensive for Condor but then it is claimed that the company might be interested in long range Airbus options (A330neo or A350) which are both more expensive than the 787….that doesn’t make sense.

Jim cuthbertson

Airbus should make s smaller a330 to bring to the market.

Joanna Bailey

The A330-800 is the smallest on offer and is not selling at all well. Do you think a -700 would sell better?

John

The A330-800 would be a perfect fit for long haul operations. But I do think Condor and it’s new owner should look into taking on A321LR or XLR, cut long haul routes to places like Western North America and increase frequencies to XLR ranged destinations.

Jay

Honestly, i believe that the the most profitable and economical replacement would be a321lr. This aircraft is amazingly proficient on fuel.

Dan

Adrian….get a life dude..typical polish to “show” mistakes wherever they can while avoiding to look into their own mistakes…besides that the mistake in the article is not important at all .

Omar Ali

Southwest or Alaska should get them and use it for domestic and international flights like LAX-ATL

Richard

Once LOT purchase Condor, they’ll likely hand down some 787-8s & then probably buy new ones for the parent airline. Commonality with LOT would make sense.

Kacper Ames

LOT Polish Airline doesn’t have enough 787s to sustain it self so I doubt that.

Jonathon Stafford

The a321xlr is not on the table due to the fact that condors Western North American destinations are extremely profitable, especially PHX, LAS and SEA.

Garth

A330-800 would be obvious choice but Boeing can’t sell B787s and is cutting production so I suspect LOT could negotiate a good discount.

Robin Wang

It already has two A330-200 aircraft, should be continue.