OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 28003 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
So far they are doing very well. I have been very impressed by the customer service and agressive advertising campaign and special sale fares. Im flying them again next week and cant wait.
My recent trip reports can be seen here and include in flight service and cabin interiors, check in etc... Also to answer your question about the A340's I have photos of them parked in the second report. They are nothing to do with OA now the Greek government own them.
OlympicATH From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2531 times:
I've flown 3 times on Olympic Air (domestic) so far and am very pleased with the service. The aircraft are new and clean (for now they are leased until OA orders and receives its own fleet). All flights on time. Juice/coffee + sandwich or cookies in coach on 40-minute flights says a lot. The crew is extremely polite and they keep smiling, which makes a big difference (even compared with Aegean).
We don't really know how they are doing yet. I've read in the press that load factors are in the 60-70% range, which is OK considering the season. They have also said that they expect Olympic Air to be profitable in 2012, not before (Olympic Handling is already profitable).
Now, as far as their network is concerned, they were forced by the EU to shrink by 35% in terms of ASM (available seat miles) so they cut all long haul routes (JFK, YUL-YYZ, JNB) as well as many medium-haul ones (FRA, DUS, MUC, STR, TXL, MAD, MAN, SVO, DXB, KWI). OA CEO Antonis Simigdalas has told the press that:
1. Olympic is considering new European destinations and might add a city in Germany pretty soon (possibly MUC).
2. Olympic will codeshare with DL on their flights from ATH to JFK and ATL (and from there to other points in North America), AF-KLM to YUL and YYZ (via CDG/AMS), EY to JNB and Australia (via AUH).
3. Long-haul is in OA's business plan but no new moves will be anounced before late 2010. When asked about JFK, he stated that if things go as planned, Olympic will eventualy resume flights to New York in the medium term. He has also said there are no plans to resume flights to Australia.
4. Olympic is planning to relaunch subsidiairy Macedonian Airlines, which will be based in Thessaloniki (SKG). Destinations will include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow and a German city.
5. Olympic has plans to join SkyTeam in the future.
OA's A340s (along with all 737s and ATRs) are parked in ATH, just as OA260 said. They are fully owned by the Greek state so their fate is now in the hands of the government.