Thursday, June 22, 2017

Condor begins seasonal flights between Seattle, Munich

Travelers intent on attending Oktoberfest in Germany now have a convenient nonstop flight option from the West Coast to Munich, the home of that famous festival.

Condor Boeing 767
Condor Airlines, part of the Thomas Cook Group, launched new seasonal nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Munich, Germany (MUC) on June 21. Twice-weekly flights will run through Oct. 28, leaving on Wednesday and Saturday and arriving in Germany the following day.

München, as it is rendered in German, is Germany’s third biggest city and 12th largest in the European Union, with a regional population close to six million.

The Bavarian capital is a business hub, with 90 of the country’s 1,000 largest companies based there, including BMW, Allianz, and Siemens. Munich is also home to the world-famous Hofbräuhaus and the (in)famous Oktoberfest, which runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 this year. Later in the year, the city also hosts a renowned Cristkindlmarkt (Christmas market). Read more about Munich here.

Flights will leave SEA on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and arrive at MUC at 12:45 p.m. the following day. Saturday flights will leave at 2:15 p.m. and arrive at 9:45 a.m. the next day. Return flights will leave München at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday and 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, arriving in Seattle at 3:15 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively.

The addition of Munich expands Condor’s service to and from SEA, as the carrier recently expanded its existing service to Frankfurt (FRA) to year-round flights.

Condor, a 60-year-old leisure airline that serves about 87 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, will operate a 259-seat Boeing (NYSE:BA) 767 aircraft on the new route. The aircraft will offer three classes of service: business, premium economy and economy.

Inside Munich's Hofbräuhaus
According to SeatGuru.com, the 206 standard Economy Class seats on those aircraft are 17 inches wide – among the narrowest in the industry – and offer a mere 30 inches of pitch. For some passengers, that could prove quite cozy for a long-haul flight of over 11 hours in duration.

The 35 Premium Class seats are also 17 inches wide but offer 36 inches of pitch. The 18 angle-flat Business Class seats are 19 inches wide and offer 60 inches of pitch.

“Pitch” is the distance from the back of one seat to the back of the seat in front of it, and is generally used as an indication of available legroom. Legroom can also be affected by the thickness of the seats themselves; thinner seats will have slightly more legroom than thicker cushions.

Because it is a leisure carrier, Condor passengers can anticipate a range of add-on charges, depending on the class of passage they purchase, as well as limitations that will vary. For example, Economy Class passengers can check one bag weighing up to 23 kilograms, or about 51 pounds, while Premium Class and Business Class passengers can check bags weighing up to 32 kgs., or about 71 lbs.

Limits on carry-on baggage, called “Cabin baggage” by the airline, vary as well. Economy passengers’ carry-on baggage is limited to 6 kgs,, or about 13.2 lbs, while Premium Class passengers are allowed 10 kgs. (22 lbs.) and Business Class passengers are allowed up to 12 kg (25.2 lbs).

Also depending on the class, passengers could find themselves paying separately for premium meals. in-flight entertainment, and for selecting certain seats.

While Condor Airlines is part of the Thomas Cook Group, it should not be confused with Thomas Cook Airlines, which was named the No. 6 in the World’s Best Leisure Airlines in the 2017 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards.

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Plane photo provided by Condor; Hofbrauhaus photo by Carl Dombek
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