PHOTOS: Condor Airlines’ Inaugural Flight From Sea-Tac To Frankfurt
Condor Airlines, new to the northwest from Germany, had its inaugural flight out of Sea-Tac Airport to Frankfurt on Thursday, June 23rd, and Photographer Francis Zera was there to capture the excitement:
According to a Port of Seattle press release:
With international travel increasing more rapidly than domestic travel, The Port of Seattle rolled out the welcome mat to another new international airline service Thursday as Condor Airlines made its debut at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with their inaugural flight from Seattle to Frankfurt. The blue, yellow and white aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, arrived to a water turret salute with the pilots waving flags from Germany and the U.S. Shortly after the arrival and a celebration at the gate, a full plane load of passengers pulled back for the inaugural flight to Frankfurt.
“This new airline service will generate local jobs, provide more choices for travelers from Seattle to Europe, and provides capacity for air cargo between Seattle and Europe,” said Mike Ehl, Director of Operations at Sea-Tac Airport. “We welcome Condor Airlines as part of our growth in international traffic.”
Through April of this year, international passenger traffic through Sea-Tac has increased 6.7% over the same period in 2010. This summer Sea-Tac expects to see 23% more seats to Europe overall, compared to the same period last summer (July-September). It amounts to almost 2,000 seats per week during the summer months.
Condor Airlines will provide two flights a week, departing on Mondays at 7:20 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:05 p.m. arriving in Frankfurt, respectively, at 2:50 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. local time. Condor will fly Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with three classes of service including Comfort Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy.
Condor will provide easy U.S. domestic connections with Alaska Airlines.
The Port of Seattle Fire Department honored the inaugural arrival and departure of Condor’s flights with a traditional water salute from the ARFF vehicles.
Condor’s announcement adds to previously announced expansions to international service for 2011 at Sea-Tac.
Seven new international services have been added at Sea-Tac since 2007: Air France (2007 to Paris), Lufthansa (2008 to Frankfurt), Hainan (2008 to Beijing), Icelandair (2009 to Reykjavik), Delta (2010 to Osaka and Beijing) and Condor (2011 to Frankfurt). In addition, this year Delta added a second daily flight to Amsterdam in June and Icelandair added a sixth weekly flight to Reykjavik in May.