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Review: Condor Business Class 767 Frankfurt To Whitehorse

Review: Condor Business Class 767 Frankfurt To Whitehorse

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Evaluation: Condor Business Class 767 Frankfurt To Whitehorse
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We arrived at Frankfurt Airport round two hours earlier than departure, at 2PM. One among my favourite issues about Frankfurt Airport is the old-style departures board, so we stopped there to verify the standing of our flight to Whitehorse.

Frankfurt Airport departures board

Condor departs from Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport, and Condor enterprise class passengers have entry to the Lufthansa Business Lounge. I’ve reviewed that lounge prior to now, so gained’t be doing so once more with this assessment.

Whereas some Condor flights have been parked at gates, our flight can be departing from gate B56, which was a distant stand.

Condor 767 Frankfurt Airport

We took the escalator down a degree to our departure gate. Our boarding passes indicated that boarding would begin at 3PM, although in the long run it truly solely began at Three:15PM. Main as much as boarding they made a number of bulletins providing paid upgrades to their additional legroom financial system part in addition to to enterprise class.

Condor departure gate Frankfurt Airport

They actually waited to refill the bus, and by Three:30PM we have been on the aircraft.

Condor 767 Frankfurt Airport

Condor 2426
Frankfurt (FRA) – Whitehorse (YXY)
Sunday, September 16
Depart: four:00PM
Arrive: four:30PM
Period: 9hr30min
Plane: Boeing 767-300
Seat: 3C (Business Class)

That they had arrange air stairs each for the ahead and rear door, and we boarded by means of the ahead door. This Condor 767-300 configuration featured a complete of 18 enterprise class seats, unfold throughout three rows in a 2-2-2 configuration (some Condor 767s function 30 enterprise class seats).

Condor 767 enterprise class cabin

Condor 767 enterprise class cabin

I additionally shortly took a look at financial system. Every thing forward of that mid-cabin divider is their additional legroom part.

Condor 767 financial system cabin

Whereas the 2-Three-2 configuration in financial system on the 767 is snug, the 2-2-2 configuration in enterprise class is admittedly tight. We had assigned ourselves seats 3A & 3C, the aisle and window seat within the third row on the left aspect.

Condor enterprise class seats

Condor enterprise class seats

As you possibly can see, every seat had a private tv on the seatback. The seatback additionally had a literature pocket and a coat hook.

Condor enterprise class seats

Seat controls have been on the middle armrest, and have been straightforward to make use of.

Condor enterprise class seat controls

Then beneath the middle armrest have been the leisure controls, which required scrolling — I all the time discover these remotes to be type of robust to make use of.

Condor enterprise class leisure controls

Additionally beneath the middle armrest have been two energy retailers.

Condor enterprise class seat energy retailers

Behind the world between seats was a partition that might be prolonged for a bit extra privateness. Frankly if I have been touring alone and sitting subsequent to a stranger I’d in all probability simply need to maintain that prolonged the entire time, as a result of the armrest is so slender that you simply in any other case virtually really feel such as you’re in financial system.

Condor enterprise class privateness partition

The tray desk, in the meantime, could possibly be folded out from the far armrest.

Condor enterprise class tray desk

The one different factor I’d point out concerning the arduous product is that there have been no particular person air nozzles, which is type of annoying when you think about that the cabin was stored fairly heat.

It goes with out saying that this isn’t a tremendous exhausting product, and it’s not aggressive with different enterprise class merchandise on the market. Nevertheless, Condor additionally has persistently wonderful enterprise class fares, and you may earn Alaska miles for flying with them, so for me there’s worth in nonetheless flying with them.

So far as the facilities go, ready at our seats upon boarding have been pillows and blankets. The pillow was effective, whereas the blanket was somewhat heat, and seems like a simple space the place they might enhance the standard of the product.

Condor enterprise class pillow & blanket

There have been additionally some headphones, which have been fairly uncomfortable, so I used my Bose headphones all through the flight.

Condor enterprise class headphones

There was additionally a primary amenity package, which had a pair of socks, eyeshades, earplugs, a toothbrush, and toothpaste.

Condor enterprise class amenity package

Additionally ready at our seats upon boarding was the menu for the flight.

Condor enterprise class menu

Inside a couple of minutes of settling in we have been provided pre-departure drinks, with the selection between glowing wine and orange juice.

Condor enterprise class pre-departure champagne

We have been additionally provided bottled water.

Condor enterprise class bottled water

They have been boarding passengers by way of each the ahead and rear door, and the 767 has actually slender aisles, so sitting within the cabin throughout boarding isn’t particularly enjoyable, as I used to be hit by a numerous variety of luggage coming down the aisle.

Inside about 15 minutes enterprise class was full, except the 2 seats within the entrance proper of the cabin, which have been a crew relaxation (as you’ll be able to see, that they had curtains round them). Aside from one different man, nearly everybody within the cabin appeared to be older German couples, which I assume is about what you’d anticipate on a flight from Frankfurt to Whitehorse.

Condor enterprise class cabin 767

At four:05PM, shortly after our scheduled departure time, the captain made an announcement informing us of a technical drawback. He promised to maintain us up to date, however based mostly on the tone of his voice and the best way he described it, it appeared fairly critical.

With a possible vital delay you’d assume the crew would serve some further drinks in enterprise class, however somewhat they closed the curtains between the galley and cabin and simply ignored passengers.

We sat there for some time with none type of updates, after which at 5PM the captain got here again on the PA to tell us that the technical drawback couldn’t be fastened, however that they’ve one other plane able to go at a unique stand.

Sadly there have been no buses out there, so we needed to wait an extra 30 minutes till we might get off the aircraft. There was one man within the cabin who I overheard telling the crew that he wanted to go to the terminal, as he rebooked on one other routing in Lufthansa top notch. I’m unsure if he simply gave up on the journey utterly or discovered one other artistic approach to get to Whitehorse, nevertheless it’s not precisely the simplest to succeed in vacation spot.

Lastly at 5:30PM we have been pushed again to the terminal. As soon as there we have been advised to hold across the gate space, and at 5:50PM it was introduced that we’d be boarding in 20 minutes. The wait wasn’t even that lengthy, and at round 6PM we have been pushed to our new aircraft.

Whereas our earlier aircraft had arrived from Portland, this aircraft (in a unique livery) had arrived from Montego Bay earlier within the day.

New Condor 767 taking us to Whitehorse

New Condor 767 taking us to Whitehorse

As soon as we pulled as much as the brand new aircraft sadly issues weren’t wanting good as soon as once more. We have been suggested to attend on the bus. I did see a number of upkeep staff across the ahead gear.

Ultimately a upkeep employee got here as much as the bus driver. I heard the bus driver say (I’m translating right here) “broken?” The upkeep man nodded, and the driving force stated “was thinking that.” So we waited on the bus for an additional 20 minutes, after which we have been allowed to board, in order that was excellent news.

Uh oh… extra issues?

As soon as they really did begin boarding I’ve by no means seen a extra environment friendly boarding course of. Everybody was onboard inside 5 minutes, and the crew appeared actually motivated to shut the door. I’m unsure if the crew was about to trip, or what, however we have been lastly in a rush.

The captain apologized over the PA for the delay, and knowledgeable us that our flight time was simply 8hr25min, which he stated was considerably shorter than standard.

By 6:45PM we started our pushback, at which level the security demonstration was screened.

Condor has probably the worst security video I’ve ever seen. There are some airways that don’t attempt with their security video, and that’s high quality. However Condor clearly tries, and the video is simply so terrible/borderline offensive:

By 6:55PM we have been cleared for takeoff on runway 7C. This needed to be one of many quickest taxis I’ve ever had on the airport.

Taking off from Frankfurt Airport

Given the place of Frankfurt’s runways, I really like the way you typically nonetheless have a fantastic terminal view a number of seconds after takeoff.

View after takeoff from Frankfurt

As we climbed out I browsed the inflight leisure, beginning with the flight map.

Condor leisure choice

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

The leisure choice was strong, with 60+ films and 160+ TV exhibits.

Condor leisure choice

Condor leisure choice

I made a decision to observe “I Feel Pretty,” starring Amy Schumer. Whereas my leisure choice was wonderful, Andrew’s TV stored glitching, and he additionally had solely a subset of the leisure I had (his display had about 35 films and 85 TV exhibits). I’m unsure what precisely brought about that, nevertheless it positive was bizarre.

The seatbelt signal was turned off about 20 minutes after takeoff, at which level the crew distributed newspapers. Round this time the captain made one other announcement, informing us that we have been cruising at 30,00zero ft, and have been over North Germany after which can be flying West of Norway, then we’d be flying over Northern Greenland at 82 levels, after which we’d go from there to Northern Canada. He anticipated an arrival time of 6:30PM, which means we’d solely be about two hours late, which wasn’t dangerous given how delayed our departure was.

The meal service started about 35 minutes after takeoff. All of the service began in row three after which moved ahead. The menu learn as follows:

The drink record learn as follows:

First heat towels have been distributed.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — heat towel

Then tablecloths have been introduced out.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — desk setting

Service started with drinks and packaged roasted cashews. I had a glass of the Nicolas Feuillatte champagne to drink, in addition to a glass of glowing water.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — drinks and nuts

The service was fast, about 15 minutes later the primary tray of meals was served. The appetizers have been described as follows:

  • rabbit mousse delice with fig mustard and pomegranate mayonnaise,
  • sushi California crammed with chili cream cheese, salmon tataki marinated in candy soya sauce, salad wakame, cake with wasabi and ginger
  • seasonal salad with tomato French dressing

I used to be additionally provided a number of bread, and selected each a pretzel and a few garlic bread.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — appetizer & salad

I beloved the little airplane themed salt and pepper shaker.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — cute salt & pepper shaker

For the primary course I ordered the cod served with polenta Mediterranean greens, and tomato sauce with pink wine.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — fundamental course

Andrew had the truffle ravioli served with a white wine cream sauce and greens with pesto.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — primary course

Subsequent up we have been provided a cheese course, which consisted of wildblume cheese, sheep cheese with rosemary, and comte, accompanied by confit of purple onions.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — cheese plate

Lastly there was dessert, which consisted of mascarpone berry cake with mango ragout. I additionally had a cup of espresso to go together with it.

Condor enterprise class dinner service — dessert and occasional

The meal service was executed two hours after takeoff. I used to be impressed by the standard of meals, which was on par with what you’d anticipate in enterprise class on a typical full service airline. Condor doesn’t skimp on the subject of the standard of their meals.

The service was… utterly effective. Truly, this was probably probably the most unmemorable crew I’ve had in a very long time, and that’s not essentially a nasty factor. They did nothing mistaken, however additionally they didn’t do something particularly nice both. They have been simply type of there.

I used to be curious how this flight was staffed, provided that this was the final flight to Whitehorse of the season. So I requested one of many flight attendants, and he defined that they have been spending an evening in Whitehorse, and have been then returning as passengers the next day again to Frankfurt by way of Calgary.

After the meal I checked out the enterprise class bathrooms, situated in entrance of the cabin. Often 767s have ancient-looking bathrooms, although these needed to be among the many most modern-looking ones I’ve seen.

Condor enterprise class toilet

Condor enterprise class toilet

Ultimately the cabin lights have been dimmed, so I made a decision to recline my seat to attempt to get some relaxation.

Condor enterprise class crew relaxation

At this level we have been slightly below six hours from arriving in Whitehorse.

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

Condor has angled seats in enterprise class, they usually’re very angled. There are some airways with enterprise class seats that solely have a minor angle, which doesn’t hassle me, however Condor isn’t a type of airways. I discovered the seats to be extraordinarily uncomfortable for sleeping, although admittedly I’m somebody who struggles to sleep with out the right circumstances.

Fortuitously I should have been actually drained, as a result of I managed to sleep for almost two hours. Andrew wasn’t capable of sleep.

Condor enterprise class angled mattress

Random tangent, however am I the one one who thinks airways overuse temper lighting? I respect it sparsely, however when the lights aren’t on for a service I’d a lot slightly they only be off, slightly than this purple disco-style lighting.

Condor enterprise class temper lighting

Once I awoke we have been fairly actually on prime of the world, over Northern Greenland. Sadly it was a cloudy day, so the views have been restricted.

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

Flying over Greenland

At this level the crew got here by means of the cabin with some snacks, together with Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

Condor enterprise class mid-flight snack

There have been additionally some snacks within the galley, together with sweet bars.

Condor enterprise class snacks

Additionally round this time they distributed touchdown playing cards for Canada.

Touchdown card for Canada

We acquired a pleasant sundown whereas enroute, however then it turned mild once more.

Sundown enroute to Whitehorse

I made a decision to work for a few hours (there’s no wifi on Condor, although I labored on some stuff in offline mode), and earlier than I knew it we have been simply two hours from arriving in Whitehorse. At this level the cabin lights have been turned up and heat towels have been distributed.

There was no selection for the pre-arrival meal, however somewhat everybody acquired the identical factor. This included seasonal greens with dried pomegranate and grape seed oil dressing, hen in a tikka sauce with basmati gobi masala, and mousse from white chocolate with macadamia nuts. The meal was fairly tasty.

Condor enterprise class pre-arrival meal

As soon as the meal was cleared we have been simply an hour from touchdown in Whitehorse, at this level flying virtually instantly South.

Airshow enroute to Whitehorse

The views on our strategy have been lovely.

View enroute to Whitehorse

View enroute to Whitehorse

At round 5:30PM native time the captain introduced we’d be touchdown in about 30 minutes, and 10 minutes later the seatbelt signal was turned on.

The views on our strategy have been breathtaking, and made us enthusiastic about our time in Whitehorse.

View approaching Whitehorse

View approaching Whitehorse

View approaching Whitehorse

View approaching Whitehorse

View approaching Whitehorse

View approaching Whitehorse

View approaching Whitehorse

Ultimate strategy to Whitehorse

We had a clean landing at 6:05PM. We rolled out to the very finish of the runway after which needed to backtaxi. Whereas there was a taxiway on the finish of the runway, I think it was too small to accommodate the 767.

Taxiing Whitehorse Airport

Taxiing Whitehorse Airport

Taxiing Whitehorse Airport

I used to be stunned that the airport had a gate that would match a 767, as I figured we’d be deplaning by stairs. We parked proper subsequent to an Air North turboprop.

Arrival gate Whitehorse

Arrival gate Whitehorse

Whitehorse Airport was so lovable. The immigration facility was trendy, and there have been three immigration officers. They have been pleasant, although additionally confused why we have been flying by way of Whitehorse. I requested what different worldwide flights they cope with, they usually defined that additionally they had a few flights from Alaska.

Whitehorse Airport

Whitehorse Airport

We exited customs shortly, after which have been within the cute check-in corridor.

Whitehorse Airport

Not precisely an airport the place you’d anticipate a transatlantic 767 to depart from, eh?

Whitehorse Airport

We rented a automotive on the airport, and had one other lovely view of our Condor 767 earlier than leaving the airport.

Condor 767 in Whitehorse

Condor enterprise class backside line

I’m so completely happy we had the prospect to take this flight. Reviewing Condor enterprise class has been on my “to do” listing for some time, as has this distinctive transatlantic flight, so to have the ability to do each in a single journey was fairly superior.

Condor enterprise class met my expectations, although maybe the meals was a bit higher than I used to be anticipating. The meals was nice, and facilities and repair have been alright.

The seat is angled so not very snug, however I knew that coming in, and given the affordable fares Condor expenses for enterprise class, I can’t fault them for that. I’d fly Condor once more, particularly on a daytime flight if the worth is true, provided that I can earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles for these flights.

In case you’ve flown Condor enterprise class, what was your expertise like?


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