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Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7997 times:

Ten days ago Condor phased out its last B757-200: D-ABNF. The aircraft - delivered to DE in July 1991 - was for many years known as "Rizzi Bird", carrying a colorful paintscheme by artist James Rizzi between 1996 and 2002. The livery was adopted to celebrate the airline's 40th anniversary.



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Repainted into regular colors in April 2002:


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Five months later D-ABNF carries the unpopular "Thomas Cook" titles and a hybrid livery:


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In September 2004 the "Condor" name is back again:


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Landing at FNC five weeks prior to retirement:


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The aircraft is currently parked at AUH and planned to be delivered to French start-up carrier Elysair in mid-December.

Condor's fleet now consists of 9 B767-300ER, 13 B757-300 and 14 A320-200.


PH


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7844 times:

Not to say it was timt to leave the fleet but operating only a single 752 can't be very economical. Liked that plane.

Goodbye old friend

Georg


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 2003, 14072 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

I used to work on her during my apprenticeship!

So long, old girl!

Jan

[Edited 2006-11-16 06:40:56]

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 1):
Not to say it was timt to leave the fleet but operating only a single 752 can't be very economical.

Not so much a question of economics, since there are plenty of other B757 in DE's fleet (albeit with some technical differences, e.g.. engines), but much more a headache for scheduling and rostering.



Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

What they replacing the 752 fleet with.

And why have they retired them from the fleet.

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4689 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 4):
And why have they retired them from the fleet.

There was just this sole 752 left, and it had PW engines, while the 13 753s have RR engines. The retirement was no surprise, IMO.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5440 times:

Quoting A342 (Reply 5):

I'm not on about this one 752, I'm on about the whole fleet of 752's

Or was there only ever 1?

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5428 times:

The 753 just did better on the major routes - more seats with same costs. The slightly larger range of the 752, from Germany , ends over desert resp. water.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5424 times:

It comes as a surprise to me that DE is just now retiring their final 752. Still, very sad to see her go.

User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4689 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5359 times:

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 6):
I'm not on about this one 752, I'm on about the whole fleet of 752's

Or was there only ever 1?

Ok, I see. They had at least 10 more of them, but when DE was in trouble, most were sold to VIM Airlines of Russia.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

Quoting A342 (Reply 9):
They had at least 10 more of them, but when DE was in trouble, most were sold to VIM Airlines of Russia.

And they're kind of historic now, as they are the only Western Aircraft to be registered in the Russian registry.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5324 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 10):
And they're kind of historic now, as they are the only Western Aircraft to be registered in the Russian registry.

SAT Airlines' B737-200s and DHC-8s are Russian registered as well.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
SAT Airlines' B737-200s and DHC-8s are Russian registered as well.

Didn't know that. But it doesn't dimish the fact that those Russian registered 757s are still a bit historical.  Wink

I hope one day Russia lowers those import taxes, so we can see more Russian registered Western aircraft.


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3392 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

Five months later D-ABNF carries the unpopular "Thomas Cook" titles and a hybrid livery:

Pardon my ignorance, but I never really understood the whole Thomas Cook/Condor affair. Anyone here willing to give a quick explanation?


User currently offlineA300605R From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5215 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 8):
very sad to see her go.

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That's it! I loved the 752 in DE colors very much!



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4689 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 13):
Pardon my ignorance, but I never really understood the whole Thomas Cook/Condor affair. Anyone here willing to give a quick explanation?

Thomas Cook wanted to create a common brand, and decided to repaint all aircraft into the Thomas Cook livery. While Thomas Cook was a well-known brand in the UK, this was not the case in Germany. Many long-time Condor customers were confused as they thought Condor had disappeared. The result was a large drop in passenger numbers, which led to the disposal of most of the 752 fleet. Later, it was decided to name the airline Condor again. Since then, passenger numbers have risen again.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

isn't 1991 a bit young for a 757 to leave service, especially when ZB still operate 1983 757's?

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