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User currently offline747OrDie From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

Any news on the direction of Olympic lately? I am flying JFK-ATH in Business class this fall for my honeymoon and I am concerned that I will be in for a "bumpy ride"...

Thanks in advance!

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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

If I were you to be on the safe side I would cancel flying with Olympic and go with Delta, they have 767 & MD-11 flights from JFK to ATH.

User currently offline747OrDie From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Are you serious? That's a pretty old statement. Before I do this I would like someone to confirm your sentiments, you know, like a second opinion...Does anyone out there agree that I should cancel my Olympic Airways A340-300 Business Class Trip in October in favor of a Delta 767 coach cleass trip?

User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2278 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

I would. Just flew Delta JFK-Istanbul and Athens-JFK before and after a Greek Isles cruise. (Business Elite on the way there and coach back. Some of the best flights I've ever had!)

However, I like the A340, so it's a tough choice. I would monitor their financial situation and on-time performance to make a decision.




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User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1343 times:




I would stick to OA, DL sucks so does AA , NW , UA ; all american airliners are really bad i dont know how you people like these airlines!!I've had bad experiences on every airline!!!! I'm not prejudice I really like americans but all their airlines are horrible, not in terms of safety but service and comfort....OA has new A340-300s....try it...thats my advice anyway...

Marco



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User currently offline747OrDie From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Wow, that's quite a spirited reply. I am not sure I like what you said about ALL American Airlines - that might be a bit harsh...and mean spirited.

But let's not get off topic here: Have you ever flown OA's new A340's?


User currently offlineAlitis From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Go with OA. When you arrive in ATH you will arrive at the OA terminal where all OA domestic flights operate from. If you fly any other airline to ATH, you will go to the other terminal where all other international airlines go to which is across the runway from the OA terminal and a hassle to get to if your travels involve an OA domestic flight. Also, a little known fact about OA: if you arrive in ATH with OA on one of their long haul international flights (all A340-300 flights), eg from JFK,BOS,YYZ,SYD or Melbourne, a free round trip from ATH to SKG (Thessaloniki) is yours for the asking at the time of booking (based on availability of course).

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Just to correct my last reply, if the airline is in good financial status at the time of your trip then stay with OA. Like Alitis said, the terminal where you will be has all of OA's domestic flights to other Greek destinations.


User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

One thing about Olympic, they allow smoking on their flights. If this is a problem, you may want to switch. Greeks are the heaviest smokers in the world...I should know  .

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7934 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

God almighty, fly Olympic! Their J-class on the brand new A340 has huge seats, state of the art ergonomic stuff, with personal TVs and reading lights on stalks. Their economy class food is excellent on long haul, yummy main meals with smoked salmon on the side, it's a huge tray, lots of salad too. J-class is even better! Printed menu etc, full amenity kit, leather folder full of stationery, baggage priority, good lounges both ends with free food, bar, fax, newspapers and magazines etc (Athens one is big and plush). You can visit the cockpit and chat with the flight crew for an hour (on every OA flight I've ever been on it's seemed like there's eight uniformed pilots up front). True about the smoking but I also consider that a major plus - anyway there won't be that much smoking in business class, and the few that are there will be dispersed due to the generous seating.

And you're considering giving all this up and flying in Economy on a US airline where you'll be treated like dirt and either starved or poisoned instead? No footrest? No second / third / forth drinks service (and nothing before take-off, not even an orange juice)? Tiny seats surrounded by noisy idiots? In a ten year old 767? With call buttons that may as well be disconnected? And no IFE?

If only all life's decisions were this easy.



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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Delta's 767s are not that old, in fact they are soon going to use their new powerful RR Trent 892 powered (192,000lbs total thrust), 777-200ERs vs the underpowered CFM56 powered (136,000lbs total thrust), A340-300 on some European routes hopefully ATH!

User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1304 times:



YES I have been on OA's new A340-300 from YUL-ATH, the service was excellent,the food amazing, the seats comfortable, the F/A's were amazing (so kind unlike...)

AND I've also flown routes like AA from ORD-LHR ... HAH!!!... big difference ... and I've flown on DL,NW,UA....CRAP they don't operate planes but rather buses ... it feels that way...

OA is better that any american airline anytime!
(Even cedarjet agrees)



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User currently offline747OrDie From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

On the smoking issue:

According to Olympics website there will be NO MORE SMOKING-AT ALL on flights going to or originating from the US.

Am I the only one that saw this?

Anyway - I'm sticking with the big seats on OA - I'll let you all know how it went!



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