A typical American party was held at the gate for the first Condor flight from Frankfurt to Minneapolis-St. Paul, with colourful balloons, hot dog stand, a traditional jazz band and a cheerleader group helping to create the Midwest mood that passengers will find at their destination. Cutting the giant cupcake were: Uwe Balser, MD of Condor; Kevin C. Milas, Consul General of the United States of America in Frankfurt; and Anke Giesen of the executive board of Ground Handling Fraport.
The festivities continued at the other end of the route, where the aircraft’s crew were getting into the party mood in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and one of them clearly was sampling the fabulous tiered new route cake before the passengers arrived!
- Condor started another long-haul route this week from Frankfurt (FRA), following its Cake of the Week, award-winning service to Fortaleza in Brazil last week. On 26 June it was the turn of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP), which will be connected to the German hub with a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays), 259-seat 767-300 service. The seasonal route, which will operate until 11 September, will face no direct competition on the city pair. Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of 12 North American destinations in the airline's S14 schedule, and complements the current programme of Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Seattle-Tacoma, Anchorage, Calgary, Fairbanks, Halifax, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver and Whitehorse. "A new flight is always a special event for an airline, and that's why we like to celebrate it with our passengers," said Uwe Balser, MD of Condor. "The new connection not only offers our customers in Europe an easy route to the heart of the USA, but it is also an opportunity for our American guests to fly easily and non-stop to Europe." Anke Giesen of the executive board of Ground Handling Fraport added: “With Minneapolis-St. Paul, we offer almost 300 destinations that can be reached non-stop from Frankfurt. This emphasizes the outstanding quality of the connections of our airport and shows that we are one of the most international hubs in Europe.”