ATLFlyer323 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 618 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3736 times:
I was just wondering if any of my fellow A.Netters could fill me in on the how Olympic or the "new" Olympic is doing. I remember hearing somewhere they were going to stop the A340 routes and try and downsize but so far there still going and they brought back the A300! Is this still the old Olympic and if so do any of you think the "new" Olympic will survive?
WesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5713 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3717 times:
I don't know how long OA will survive. Aegean stopped looking at them as a serious competitor way back in 2003, and DL and Homeric Tours is giving them a beating during the summer on the JFK-ATH routes. Can't wait to see what happens when Homeric unleashes their A330-200's on the route in 2008 though, OA wouldn't stand a chance.
GCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
Well I'm not certain on passenger figures but when I was in Athens airport last week the OA domestic checkin was mobbed. Not sure about the international routes but certainly the London routes are almost always full. When I flew both the A340 and A300 to and from ATH to LHR and both were full. From what I can remember I don't recall the A300 ever leaving the fleet I think the majority of them were phased out leaving the sole one operating today. Certainly the domestic routes are vital as they are the only airlink to ATH in the case of certain remote islands and would guess some of them are operated as a public service airlink, although Aegean has certainly given them a run for their money on some routes and will probably get worse as they get their A320s. They were rebranded as Olympic "Airlines" from Airways and believe it's the same old airline but under a different name. There was some talk that a new airline would be formed under private ownership and a new name but I'll believe that when I see it. As for whether it will survive or not only time will tell but I don't think it should be allowed to fold as Greece deserves a flag carrier it can be proud of. Personally the times I flew with Olympic were fine no major faults but I always wished they could be better and I feel for all its employees not knowing what the future holds.