First Condor flight lands in Fairbanks

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first Condor Flugdienst flight from Germany landed in Fairbanks where excited relatives waited to hug family members.

The white Condor Boeing 767 with a gold tail and blue lettering landed without incident Thursday afternoon. Two airport fire trucks sprayed an arch of water for the plane to pass through, as it taxied to the passenger terminal.

Last summer Condor announced that it would start a Frankfurt-Whitehorse-Fairbanks-Frankfurt weekly flight for the summer visitor season. Bernie Karl, president of Chena Hot Springs Resort, guaranteed to pay for an undisclosed amount of empty seats, a move that clinched Condor's management to add the Alaska flight. Condor had flown into Anchorage last year and continues to do so this summer.

About 41 passengers got off the flight in Fairbanks, said Dave Carlstrom, Fairbanks International Airport director of marketing. Another 65 passengers who got on in Whitehorse to fly to Frankfurt, were also on the plane, he said. About 45 passengers planned to fly to Germany from Fairbanks.

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