Condor Flight Delayed Four Hours After Rejected Takeoff Due To Error

On June 18th, the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 performed a rejected takeoff at high speed due…

Condor Flight Delayed Four Hours After Rejected Takeoff Due To Error

On June 18th, the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 performed a rejected takeoff at high speed due to issues with airspeed instruments disagreeing with each other. The flight, DE1606, which would have taken travelers from Munich to Mykonos, was delayed by four hours.

The aircraft involved in the incident was D-AICE, which is pictured here. The Airbus A320 is almost 23 years old. Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons 

High speed rejected takeoff

On June 18th, Condor’s flight DE1606 was looking to depart at its scheduled time, just after 06:10 in the morning. This early morning flight was headed to the Greek island of Mykonos from Munich, Germany.

However, as the Airbus A320-200 headed down the runway for takeoff, the crew noticed that airspeed indications were disagreeing with each other. Making the quick decision not to continue the flight, the crew rejected the takeoff. According to The Aviation Herald, this was performed at high speed, estimated to be about 100 knots (185km/h or 115mph).

As the aircraft was on Munich’s runway 08L, the small jet slowed safely to leave the runway using high-speed exit A5. Located roughly 1,300 meters (4,350 feet) down runway 08L, this was the first exit available to the aircraft. Exits A8, A10, and A12 located further down would also have been options.

D-AICE previously flew under the Condor Berlin and Thomas Cook Airlines brands. However, since 2004 it has flown for Condor. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons 

A four-hour delay for passengers

Considering how early the original flight was, with the additional time needed to get to the airport, we can imagine the aircraft’s passengers would have been extra irritated with the inconvenience.

Working hard to get the flight’s passengers on their way, Condor repositioned an Airbus A321-200 from Frankfurt/Main. With the repositioning flight itself taking an hour, the total ordeal saw the flight to Mykonos delayed by about four hours.

At least the passengers would have had extra space in the larger A321. Condor’s A321s are configured with 210 or 220 seats, meaning 30 to 40 additional seats would have been empty, assuming no additional passengers were taken.

The Airbus A320 involved was subsequently replaced with the larger A321, flown in from Frankfurt. Photo: RadarBox.com

About the incident aircraft

The Airbus A320-200 involved in the incident registered D-AICE has spent nearly two days on the ground. However, FlightRadar24.com data notes that the aircraft is scheduled to operate five flights today: A round trip between Munich and Zakynthos (Greece), followed by a triangle route from Munich to Kavala and Samos.

Before the incident on June 18th, D-AICE had been flying quite regularly since late February. Out of cities like Hamburg and Dusseldorf, the aircraft frequently made trips to Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, and other leisure spots around the Mediterranean.

The nearly 28-year-old jet first flew for Condor Berlin in 1998 before operating services under the Thomas Cook Airlines brand from 2002 to 2004. Since 2004, however, the jet has flown as Condor, configured with 180 seats.

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Aeroflot’s Fleet In 2021

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot is currently in the midst of an ambitious plan to become a leading global…

Aeroflot’s Fleet In 2021

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot is currently in the midst of an ambitious plan to become a leading global carrier. To this end, the airline has been making several changes to its fleet, including switching to only Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Here’s a look at Aeroflot’s fleet in 2021.

Aeroflot’s new flagship aircraft is the Airbus A350-900, the first of which first arrived last February. Photo: Getty Images

All fleet data used in this article is from Planespotters.net.

Narrowbody

Founded in 1923, Aeroflot has had a long history in aviation and is quickly approaching its 100th anniversary. The carrier serves scores of domestic destinations across Russia and over 50 countries internationally. For most of these missions, Aeroflot deploys its diverse narrowbody fleet.

Aeroflot currently operates 177 narrowbodies, consisting of the Airbus A320 family, the Boeing 737, and Sukhoi Superjet 100. Here’s the breakdown of its fleet:

  • 59 Airbus A320-200s
  • Four A320neos
  • 33 A321-200s
  • Two A321neos
  • 38 Boeing 737-800s
  • 28 Sukhoi SJ100s (all moving to subsidiary Rossiya by the end of 2021)
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The A320 family is the anchor of Aeroflot’s fleet, with new A320neos and A321neos joining the fleet too. Photo: Getty Images

The A320neo and A321neos are the youngest planes in the fleet having being delivered in May and June 2021. Similarly, the A320ceos are currently the oldest at six years on average (5.6 years for the A321ceos). The 737-800s are slightly younger at 5.1 years on average.

Aeroflot’s Superjets are currently on their way over to subsidiary Rossiya, which means they will be gone by the end of this year. However, these regional jets only average 5.6 years and serve several important routes.

Widebodies

To serve dozens of destinations across the globe, Aeroflot operates a notable widebody fleet. The airline flies 37 twin-aisle aircraft, consisting of the Boeing 777, Airbus A330, and flagship A350s. The fleet is growing too as Aeroflot continues to take delivery of new A350s in the coming months and years.

Here’s a breakdown of the carrier’s widebody fleet:

  • One A330-200
  • 12 A330-300s
  • Four A350-900s
  • 20 Boeing 777-300ERs
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The 777-300ER remains Aeroflot’s widebody anchor, operating key routes to the US and Asia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

When it comes to fleet age, Aeroflot’s widebodies vary widely. The sole A330-200 is the oldest aircraft in the airline’s fleet at 11.9 years old. The A330-300s are relatively old too, with the dozen averaging an age of 9.3 years. However, these older planes are offset by a slew of new aircraft.

Aeroflot’s 777-300ERs only average an age of six years, with the latest jet joining the fleet in February 2021. The carrier’s first A350 was only delivered in February 2020, with three more joining in May and June of this year. This means the entire fleet is just under one year old.

Young

Overall, Aeroflot operates a fleet of 201 aircraft and counting. These planes average an age of 5.8 years, making the carrier one of the youngest major airlines globally. As the carrier seeks to become a 5-Star Airline, its modern fleet will play a key role in attracting passengers and strengthening its status globally. For now, keep an eye out for Aeroflot’s ambitious plans and growing fleet.

What do you think about Aeroflot’s fleet? Have you flown with them before? Let us know in the comments!

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