Condor has unveiled its next generation A330-900neo business class seat, which will launch later this year. The seat is indisputably better than Lufthansa’s current seat, which positions Condor to capture Lufthansa market share in a way that was not possible before. Is this Condor’s big moment?
Condor Unveiled A Beautiful New Business Class Seat On A330-900neo
Condor has long been Germany’s “other” airline. While its logo is very similar to that of Lufthansa’s and was once partially owned by the German flag carrier, it is no longer purely the leisure-oriented carrier that transports sun seekers to popular beach destinations or tourists hotspots.
Instead, you can now fly Condor between Frankfurt and major cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle (in addition to secondary cities like Las Vegas or Phoenix). In fact, the carrier has beefed up its 2022 USA transatlantic schedule with a number of routes, most of them routes which Lufthansa also operates:
- Anchorage (ANC) — 3x weekly
- Baltimore (BWI) — 3x weekly
- Boston (BOS) — 3x weekly
- Fairbanks (FAI) — 1x weekly
- Las Vegas (LAS) — 3x weekly
- Los Angeles (LAX) — 3x weekly
- Minneapolis (MSP) — 3x weekly
- New York (JFK) — 5x weekly
- Phoenix (PHX) — 3x weekly
- Portland (PDX) — 3x weekly
- San Francisco (SFO) — 3x weekly
- Seattle (SEA) — daily
Equally important, the carrier has unveiled a new business class onboard its soon-to-be-delivered Airbus A330-900neo jets, which represent a better seat than Lufthansa in terms of privacy and comfort.
(Lufthansa has teased a new business class for five years, but delivery delays from Boeing have continued to delay the new product)
Condor will take delivery of 16 A330-900neo jets, each with a configuration of 310 seats and three cabins of service. Business class will include:
- 30 seats
- Direct aisle access at every seat
- 6 feet, 6 inches of legroom in fully lie-flat mode
- 17.3-inch 4K monitor
Additionally, Condor will offer high speed wi-fi throughout the aircraft. A330-900neo deliveries will begin this autumn and continue through the end of 2023.
Click here for a new VR tour of the Condor Airbus A330-900neo.
Is This Condor’s Big Moment To Compete With Lufthansa?
It is hardly speculatory to posit that Lufthansa does not like these latest developments from Condor. The USA routes have traditionally been bread and butter routes for Lufthansa and the addition of Condor in many key markets puts downward pressure on pricing.
But it’s about more than pricing alone: it’s the fact that Condor realistically will soon offer a better product than Lufthansa in business class. While I’m not a huge critic of Lufthansa’s business class seat, I find it detrimental that I must choose either aisle access or a window seat: I cannot have both. I know I’m not the only one.
Consumers should relish this time, which should give consumers more access to more seats, more choice, and cheaper prices. It’s also a wake-up call that Lufthansa is not the only game in town.
Let me put it this way: nothing will ever beat Lufthansa First Class in my book, but I’ll certainly be trying Condor business on the A330-900neo before I fly longhaul business class on any Lufthansa jet.
Condor is introducing a new business class seat that gives its a competitive advantage to Lufthansa, at least for now. That’s an amazing evolution for a carrier that was exclusively focused on leisure-destinations for so many years. I look forward to flying on Condor’s new A300-900neos, set to take the skies later in 2022.