Wow: Condor Unveils New A330-900neo Business Class

Wow: Condor Unveils New A330-900neo Business Class

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Condor just revealed its new Airbus A330-900neo cabins, including a competitive-looking business class. Lufthansa executives should be sweating…

Condor Airbus A330-900neo cabin details

In mid-2021, German leisure airline Condor revealed plans to acquire 16 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. This was a huge development for the airline, as the carrier used to fly rather outdated Boeing 767s on long haul flights.

A330-900neos offer more capacity, much better fuel efficiency and economics, and also give Condor the opportunity to reinvent the inflight experience. Condor is increasingly competing head-to-head against Lufthansa on certain routes, rather than just focusing on leisure routes.

The airline has just revealed what we can expect from the inflight product. Condor’s A330-900neos will feature a total of 310 seats, and will be in a three cabin layout. Let’s go over the details (this is in addition to Condor recently revealing its bold new livery, which I love).

Condor’s awesome new livery

Condor business class A330-900neo

Condor’s A330-900neo business class will feature a total of 30 seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration. Condor will use a staggered configuration in business class, offering each passenger direct aisle access. Seats convert into a 1.99 meter lie flat bed. Business class seats will also have 17.3″ 4K personal televisions, with a touchscreen and remote control.

Condor Airbus A330-900neo business class

Condor premium economy A330-900neo

Condor’s A330-900neo premium economy will have 64 seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration. While the airline is marketing this as premium economy, in reality this is more like extra legroom economy, since seats won’t have any additional width.

Premium economy passengers will enjoy up to 15cm of additional seat pitch, a greater seat recline angle, adjustable headrests, and footrests. Condor premium economy will have 13.3″ 4K personal televisions with touchscreens.

Condor Airbus A330-900neo premium economy

Condor economy A330-900neo

Condor’s A330-900neo economy will have 216 seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration. There’s not any information as to what seat pitch will be like, but each seat will have a 13.3″ 4K touchscreen personal television.

Condor Airbus A330-900neo economy

Condor will offer high speed Wi-Fi

Condor’s Airbus A330-900neos will feature high-speed broadband internet throughout the cabin, which is an exciting development, as historically Condor hasn’t offered Wi-Fi. There’s no information yet as to what pricing will be like. Here’s to hoping the airline will have fixed pricing with no data caps.

When & where will Condor fly A330-900neos?

Condor intends to take delivery of its first A330-900neo as of the fall of 2022, with one plane to be delivered each month. That’s a pretty fast delivery timeline, as it means that the airline will have most of its A330-900neos by the end of 2023.

While flights operated by the A330-900neo aren’t yet on sale, it’s stated that they’ll enter service in the winter of 2022, with the first destinations including the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Seattle.

Condor’s new cabins look fantastic!

Condor’s cabins look great in general, but it’s even more exciting that Lufthansa will finally be getting some increased competition in Germany when it comes to product quality. Historically Condor has been a leisure airline and hasn’t really moved much into Lufthansa’s turf.

The carrier currently flies Boeing 767s that feature an outdated product, including angled seats in business class. Ironically with these new cabins, by the end of 2023 Condor should have a much more consistent and premium long haul business class experience than Lufthansa does.

Condor’s new business class isn’t cutting edge, but it’s a phenomenal improvement for the airline, and in general I love the finishes and the branding. For an airline like Condor, having flat beds direct aisle access, and Wi-Fi, is more than sufficient.

I’d say Condor deserves a Skytrax 5-star rating, what do y’all think? 😉

Bottom line

Condor will start flying Airbus A330-900neos as of later this year, as the airline looks to update its long haul fleet. We now know what to expect onboard. Condor’s A330-900neos will feature 310 seats, including 30 business class that are fully flat and feature direct aisle access.

While the airline claims it has premium economy on these planes, in reality it’s just extra legroom economy. Condor will also finally have Wi-Fi on its planes, and improved seatback entertainment.

Very well done, Condor! I can’t wait to fly one of these planes.

What do you make of Condor’s A330-900neo cabins?

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  1. Wolf Guest

    Just did a search on Condor website for FRA-CPT route, search results show me the new A330-900neo on the return segment on December 18th.
    Checked for other dates, seems it is going into service on Dec 13th from FRA to Capetown.

  2. Bowie Guest

    This is why Lufthansa made one of the biggest mistakes possible by revealing their business class product 5 years ago. It allows the competition to look at their planned offering and counter it extremely easily. Take British Airways and Air France for example. Who now offer business suites. By the time Lufthansa finally starts their business class rollout BA will almost be done retrofitting their fleet with a superior product. Its a shame because lufthansa...

    This is why Lufthansa made one of the biggest mistakes possible by revealing their business class product 5 years ago. It allows the competition to look at their planned offering and counter it extremely easily. Take British Airways and Air France for example. Who now offer business suites. By the time Lufthansa finally starts their business class rollout BA will almost be done retrofitting their fleet with a superior product. Its a shame because lufthansa genuinely could be a 5 star airline if they'd introduced their new business class when they revealed it.

  3. STEFFL Member

    I’d say Condor deserves a Skytrax 5-star rating, what do y’all think?

    :-) :-) NO DOUBT!!!!

    As of November 12th, without a doubt the BEST Business Class nonstop flight between Seattle and Frankfurt . . . . NO, not on a paid for 5STAR Airline as many would think, it's a competitor that had to fight the most corrupt airline in Germany for years and then offerning the BEST Business Class product on nonstop flights...

    I’d say Condor deserves a Skytrax 5-star rating, what do y’all think?

    :-) :-) NO DOUBT!!!!

    As of November 12th, without a doubt the BEST Business Class nonstop flight between Seattle and Frankfurt . . . . NO, not on a paid for 5STAR Airline as many would think, it's a competitor that had to fight the most corrupt airline in Germany for years and then offerning the BEST Business Class product on nonstop flights to Frankfurt from Seattle, WA.

    Lufthansa . . . you finally get the long deserved COUNT . . . you're DONE! ;-)

    YES, loving it!

  4. Clayton Guest

    Save the stripey headrest covers these look awfully similar to the, very few, pics out in the wild of the updated Thomson Aero seats that they recently spoke about & said they already had a launch customer lined up for.

  5. Adil Guest

    Adidas must be pleased! :)

  6. Steve from LA Member

    New business seats will be great compared to their current ones. The last time I flew Condor the service in business class was excellent and exceeded all expectations. I'm hopeful the prices remain the same.

    But frankly, the chaos I suffered through with the whole Condor bankruptcy a few years back still has me reluctant to fly Condor. I also fear how reliant they are on Lufthansa when Lufthansa clearly wants to cut...

    New business seats will be great compared to their current ones. The last time I flew Condor the service in business class was excellent and exceeded all expectations. I'm hopeful the prices remain the same.

    But frankly, the chaos I suffered through with the whole Condor bankruptcy a few years back still has me reluctant to fly Condor. I also fear how reliant they are on Lufthansa when Lufthansa clearly wants to cut those ties. Any data points on how the two interact on a joint ticket that goes astray?

  7. Mark Guest

    Nice to see a LCC retaining eight across (many use nine on 330).

  8. Donna Diamond

    Inside looks great, but the livery…. Ugggh!

    1. STEFFL Member

      US Americans always need a bit longer . . . . . to get used to something NEW!!

      Think of new AA livery?
      :-)

      Gladly, CONDOR did not ask US people about there new livery.

      INTERESTING and NEW, C O O L (not really a US thing, correct?)

  9. Klaus Guest

    Ben, about your remark on Lufthansa competition: it actually is not as bad as you suggest.
    When you want to fly from a non-hub city, there is plenty of competition. E.g. from Hamburg to Kansas City, you will need to fly a minimum of three segments. So it doesn’t matter if you fly AA or BA or AF etc.

    But yes, there are some few direct flights starting in Frankfurt and Munich where Lufthansa...

    Ben, about your remark on Lufthansa competition: it actually is not as bad as you suggest.
    When you want to fly from a non-hub city, there is plenty of competition. E.g. from Hamburg to Kansas City, you will need to fly a minimum of three segments. So it doesn’t matter if you fly AA or BA or AF etc.

    But yes, there are some few direct flights starting in Frankfurt and Munich where Lufthansa is the only carrier flying nonstop. (Admittedly, flights like DEN-FRA are probably also considered to have no competition, because United is in the same joint venture?)

  10. Syd Guest

    Beautiful! Great product and great finishes! In like 2 months Condor went from a mediocre, niche & barely known airline in Lufthansa's backyard to a branding that stands out and a product that has LH biting the dust.

  11. RAFAEL COSTA Guest

    The mentions about Skytrax/Lufthansa...
    I never get tired of this joke

  12. Regis Guest

    1-2-1: the minimum acceptable configuration for business class in wide-body aircraft.

    1. Manu Guest

      The first row is also with First Class-like seats, as shown in other images.

      (And LH is about to loose their 5-star rating - you heard it here first)

    2. Never In Doubt Guest

      @Manu, not unless the checks to Skytrax bounce!

    3. Evan Guest

      Not necessarily. Condor is still a leisure airline. Their passenger base may be more couples that would rather sit side by side.

      On the other hand, for an airline focusing more on business travelers, I could the importance of 1-2-1.

    4. Klaus Guest

      Good point. Maybe something like the Austrian/Swiss business class would make sense for a leisure/hybrid airline. There you have the throne seats and the couple seats..

    5. Regis Guest

      So funny to hear comments that a 2-2-2 biz class seat configuration "makes sense" for a leisure airline when Condor, the textbook definition of a such a carrier, picks the 1-2-1 layout for their J product. The arm chair experts here must know something the execs running Condor do not.

    6. John Guest

      @Regis

      Very true. This is one of the key factors I consider when booking a business tkt. I like my solo seat by the window. And I will not fly any so-called premium airline (cough, cough, Lufthansa) which thinks 2-2-2 (or even 2-3-2) is acceptable. Maybe in the 90s and 00s. But not today.

  13. Daniel from Finland Guest

    Interesting. I wonder if Condor might evolve into an airline that could have a place in the oneworld alliance. Like Air Berlin used to. Oneworld would sure need a central European carrier.

    1. Klaus Guest

      Nice idea, but Condor currently relies on Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn to feed their planes.
      Lufthansa wanted to stop being their connecting partner, but that court decided that Lufthansa must partner with Condor.

      Sooner or later Lufthansa will find a way out and maybe then the Oneworld would make sense, if Condor starts building up a Hub-and-Spoke system. Don’t you think?

      About Air Berlin: I didn’t find them to be fully integrated in...

      Nice idea, but Condor currently relies on Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn to feed their planes.
      Lufthansa wanted to stop being their connecting partner, but that court decided that Lufthansa must partner with Condor.

      Sooner or later Lufthansa will find a way out and maybe then the Oneworld would make sense, if Condor starts building up a Hub-and-Spoke system. Don’t you think?

      About Air Berlin: I didn’t find them to be fully integrated in OW. It always seemed to me that there were left out a little bit. Like Alitalia in Skyteam.

    2. STEFFL Member

      GOOD idea!!!!

      Partner of Alaska is a loooooong time given already with CONDOR.

      COOL

  14. Cedric Guest

    Anybody else getting a modern egyptian vibe with these cabins and paterns?

    1. Niko_jas Guest

      Lovely design in business class. Yes if LH has a "5 star " business class then this is 5.5 stars!
      How sad for LH that a small leisure carrier is going to have better cabins!

  15. Clem Diamond

    If they keep their current competitive prices, that will for sure be a nice addition to the TATL options. Hopefully service/catering won't be too bad. I had to laugh out loud picturing the Lufthansa execs reading the press release hah!

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Syd Guest

Beautiful! Great product and great finishes! In like 2 months Condor went from a mediocre, niche & barely known airline in Lufthansa's backyard to a branding that stands out and a product that has LH biting the dust.

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Regis Guest

1-2-1: the minimum acceptable configuration for business class in wide-body aircraft.

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Daniel from Finland Guest

Interesting. I wonder if Condor might evolve into an airline that could have a place in the oneworld alliance. Like Air Berlin used to. Oneworld would sure need a central European carrier.

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