Airline unveils brave new livery – but some wonder if it’s a late April Fool

By Lisa James
Home » Airline unveils brave new livery – but some wonder if it’s a late April Fool

German airline Condor has unveiled a new striped livery, which it says has been ‘inspired by parasols, bath towels and beach chairs’.

The airline launched the new look on 4 April, but many thought the news should have come out three days earlier – taking to social media to ask whether the unusual design was a late April Fool joke.

The Berlin design agency that came up with the livery had been tasked to created something showing ‘visual independence’ for Condor, which used to be part of the Thomas Cook Group,

Explaining the livery, the airline said: “Condor is vacation. And vacation is stripes.

“Germany’s most popular leisure airline is unveiling its new brand identity today: In the future, Condor will wear stripes in five colours. Inspired by parasols, bath towels and beach chairs, Condor is evolving into a distinctive and unique vacation airline.”

CEO Ralf Teckentrup added: “Condor has undergone a transformation over the past two and a half years: from a subsidiary of a vertically integrated travel group to an independent airline that looks back proudly on its history and tradition, while at the same time embarking on the path to the future.

“We want to express this unmistakeably through our corporate identity: Condor is vacation and Condor is unmistakable – like our new design, with which we are now launching into the future.

“Our new trademark is stripes.”

Initially, Condor’s aircraft will carry five colours in a striped look: yellow, red, blue, green, and beige, which the airline said stands ‘for the facets of the diversity of Condor’s guests, employees and the multitude of opportunities to discover the world with Condor’.

Crew uniforms will also be updated in the new design and 80% of the fleet will be repainted by 2024.

The first Condor flight to take off in the new livery left Germany for Lanzarote at midday today.

Five more Boeing 757 and Airbus A320/1 aircrafts will be repainted, so that six aircrafts will be flying in the new design for the summer, to Majorca, Greece, the Canary Islands and Egypt.

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