German airline unveils plane with candy stripes

Francesca Street, CNN

Most aircraft exteriors look more or less the same – white background, bold lettering, company logo – but every once in a while an airline unveils a livery that stands out from the pack.

Take All Nippon Airways’ “Flying Honu” A380s, designed to look like brightly colored turtles, or the beautiful indigenous art that adorns one of Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

German airline Condor is the latest carrier to step up its livery game with a simple yet elegant paint job. Condor’s fleet will soon be decked out in bold candy-colored stripes, inspired by “umbrellas, bath towels and beach chairs”, according to the airline.

Condor was owned by British holiday company Thomas Cook, which collapsed in 2019. Now the leisure airline is launching on its own, with a new look to celebrate. The colorful stripes, designed by Berlin-based creative agency Vision Alphabet, aim to evoke the nostalgia of holidays past and the excitement of holidays of the future.

There are five color options: Condor says blue stripes represent the sea, yellow stripes are reminiscent of the sun, red represents “passion”, green represents “island” and a beige-gold stripe should be reminiscent travelers to a sandy beach.

The airline suggests the stripes also represent “the diversity of Condor’s guests, employees and the multitude of opportunities to experience the world with Condor.”

Condor CEO Ralf Teckentrup said in a statement that the colorful stripes are the airline’s “new trademark”. Accordingly, not only the exterior of Condor has been redesigned. Condor’s logo on its social media account now features stripes, while boarding passes and in-flight items like blankets are being redesigned. Condor promises that the crew uniforms will also “shine in the new design,” with more details and photos to come.

The first striped Condor plane has already taken off – an A321 decked out in yellow stripes left Frankfurt, Germany, for Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, at midday on April 5.

Condor has more than 50 planes in its fleet and promises the majority will be painted by 2024. Expect to see six of the striped planes in service by this summer, with those planes flying to destinations such as the Canary Islands, Greece and Egypt.

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