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Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:36 am

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.


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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:03 am

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

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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:40 pm

I used to work on her during my apprenticeship!

So long, old girl!

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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:51 pm

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.
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:51 am

What they replacing the 752 fleet with.

And why have they retired them from the fleet.

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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:02 am

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.
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:04 am

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?

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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:13 am

It comes as a surprise to me that DE is just now retiring their final 752. Still, very sad to see her go.
 
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:00 am

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.
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:02 am

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.
 
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi B

Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:49 am

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.


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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:56 am

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?
 
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:20 pm

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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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:26 pm

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.
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RE: Good Bye To Condor's Last B757-200 (ex-Rizzi Bird)

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:48 am

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

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