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Published on February 28th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Condor Operates for DHL on Shannon Route

Condor, the German leisure airline, has leased four Boeing 767-300’s to DHL to carry cargo instead of passengers. The aircraft are being used by DHL to supplement the increase in cargo capacity on a number of routes. The first aircraft operated on the Leipzig-Shannon-Leipzig service on the evening of 22nd February as the CFG7160/1. The leased aircraft will operate on specific routes for DHL from their base in Leipzig to Shannon, Milan-Malpensa and Cologne-Bonn.

Speaking on the lease deal, Christian Schmitt, Chief Operating Officer of Condor said, “We have already been operating more cargo flights over the past year and have expanded our expertise here. We are very pleased to now also work with such an experienced partner as DHL Express. The partnership also shows that Condor can flexibly adapt to circumstances in special situations and thus contribute an important part to the international supply chain in cooperation with DHL.”

A Condor Boeing 767 being loaded with freight at the DHL hub in Leipzig.

Condor has already been operating more cargo flights since April last year and, in addition to e-commerce goods, has so far mainly transported medical Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE). In the course of this, part of the Boeing 767 fleet was also converted into cargo-only aircraft and the seats were expanded. In the meantime, 14 of the airlines current 16 Boeing 767s were being used exclusively for cargo flights. Condor has also trained and deployed special cargo supervisors for this purpose, ensuring smooth operations. Condor still maintains some passenger services to popular sun destinations where flights can still operate. Currently, they have services to the Canary Islands, Egypt, Cuba, The Maldives and the Dominican Republic.

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