Frankfurt, Germany - German leisure operator Condor has wet-leased an Airbus A321-200 for the summer season from Latvian low-cost SmartLynx Airlines.
The 208-seat aircraft registered YL-LCY flew from Kaunas to Hanover on May 10, 2019, and then began flights on behalf of the German charter specialist the day after.
Condor's fleet comprises seven Airbus A320-200, three Airbus A321-200, fifteen Boeing 757-300, and sixteen B767-300ER.
Condor is a Thomas Cook Group subsidiary. Although Condor is doing pretty well itself, the German Group plans to sell the carrier due to the company's growing losses of its airline branch. Other Group airlines are respectively Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics, and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia.
Before 2000, Condor was completely owned by Lufthansa Group. From 2000 to 2007, Lufthansa Group sold all of its shares in the airline to Thomas Cook.
May 7 was the deadline for likely investors to declare interest in Condor. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr previously said the Lufthansa Group was interested in the airline.
Lufthansa and the U.S. investment group Indigo Partners, which were also initially interested in a WOW Air takeover, both expressed interest in the German leisure specialist for a potential takeover.