Dvintiadis From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 715 times:
I am travelling from Athens to JFk but i don't know which airline to choose.I can either go direct with Olympic Airways or Delta or with a connection flight in Europe.I prefer direct though.I will be travelling Business class.Which should i choose.Olympic or Delta and why???Thank you
Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 690 times:
I've never flown Olympic, but I have had the opportunity to spend some time in BusinessElite on 4 Atlantic crossings this semester, and I wouldn't hesitate to reccommend it over Olympic. The product was pretty nice... the biggest shortcoming is the 2-2-2 configuration, which is not as comfortable in the 767 as in the 777, but it's the best you're going to do in Business. The food was decent to pretty good, and the flight attendants were outstanding. I'm not a big fan of Delta's in seat video system in BusinessElite because it runs preprogrammed cycles, vice the on-demand systems that some other airlines (like AA) use in their premium cabins. I'm not sure what Olympic has for personal IFE, if anything, so Delta's system may not be bad in comparison. All in all, I'm sure you'd enjoy your flight in BusinessElite and I'd reccommend trying it.
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1275 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 682 times:
I'd choose Delta.
I don't know Olympic but I have flown with Delta inside the US and I liked it. I was in a Delta Shuttle flight between LGA and Washington and the configuration is a sort of business so I think the international service is even better. Plus you can earn a lot of miles to use also with Air France.
Delta is the leading US airlines on the North Atlantic. You will enjoy them
OlympicComet4b From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 64 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 613 times:
Delta is the way to go on a Business Class Non-stop. It is far superior over OA's 340. The seats are better, the In Flight Entertainment is much better and the service is light years ahead of OA. Delta is a professional American corporation and OA is a Greek government owned transport.
As for connecting flights...most all of the european carriers will have excellent service on the transatlantic leg in business class, and will use wide bodies.
However, the leg from Athens to the European connecting city will be disappointing. This is because all carriers, except for BA, use narrow body A/C on these legs, and Business Class is just the first rows of the aircraft configured as all economy. They usually keep the middle seat empty and may have slightly more leg room. This is unfortunate especially since most European cities are 2.5 hrs. away from Athens, except London and Paris which are 3.5 and 3 hrs. away.
So probably Non-stop is the way to go, and Delta is the better choice.
P.S. I do this flight 4 to 5 times per year and always use Delta.