OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 28663 posts, RR: 60 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17231 times:
So Olympic Airlines are closing down in their current form and a private company called ''Olympic Air'' is replacing it. New fleet which will be the most modern in European skies and a new product. A new era in Greek aviation. On the down side it means that huge changes and only a few of the current staff and offices are being maintained. Alitalia is taking over all LHR handling and ticketing and all European reservations will be routed to Athens in a new call center.
One of the casualties is LHR and London town office. So it was to be my last trip to Olympic Airlines London to the office I once worked at and to say goodbye to my old collegues who have known me since I was 16 !
BMI have an offer on at the moment for Business Class fares and as a Gold card holder I also get 1,000 bonus per sector for status miles under another promotion. So BMI was the choice.
FLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5234 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16825 times:
to bad to know the reason for that trip. OA in the well known form going down and comes up again as a new company. Checked the schedules lately if its possible to do a trip in November on the new OA, we will see.
Nevertheless great report, well done and real informative pix and BD sounds far better this time than some earlier reports.
Cambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15347 times:
Great trip report!
bmi C class food is lamentable. Those rather contrived boxes just don't work, and they should revert to a more traditional, plated offer- it would probably not add in terms of cost.
Shame that the OA London office is closing. I live 5 minutes' walk from it! You should have told me that you were in town. I always liked passing the office, and seeing the A300 model in the window. They used to have it at the most crazy angles, that would probably deter nervous fliers!
I can't say that I always experienced good service there: try booking a ticket from London to Kasos, and you get met with blank looks, but I can understand your nostalgia at the closing of this office. Conduit Street has a few other airline offices, as you mentioned. Do you remember the old Star Alliance office, that opened about 10 years' ago? I think that it was replaced by Qatar Airways?
Rumor is that QR want to buy that building off OA and set up a call center there. Not sure if its true.
Quoting Akhmad (Reply 7): Apart of it, great trip report with nice pictures. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Hi Akhmad, thanks Im glad you enjoyed it. The staff dont have new jobs yet but Im sure they will all do something different after. I dont think they will go into airlines again. Alot are not far off retirement age also.
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4778 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14486 times:
*sniff*... Another one bites the dust.
I could not help but feel a little sad that an ENTIRE chapter of Greek aviation has come to a close. Somehow it is for the better I think and hopefully the new Olypmpic Air will somehow bring back glory to the airline scene and restore a bit of pride. It has been a rocky road to get here but the journey ahead seems smoother in comparison.
Thanks for sharing.
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JFKMAN From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13970 times:
Well done! It's a great TR. I simply love all the pictures of US Airways! Thanks.
Also, I flew BMI from LHR to DUB last May in economy. I don't think business seems worth it, if your paying regular price for it that is.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5): Hi thanks , glad you enjoyed it. I have no idea about the US Airways B757. I just thought it would make a nice pic as I had not seen them open like that before. Maybe someone else knows.
I have seem this before as well. I would guess its a way of keeping the plane cool while its being service.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4378 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13746 times:
BD offers reasonable service for the short route me thinks, but agree about the food presentation. Am I right and is the legroom on the A319 less then on the A320? Still I think BD has one of the best coloured cabins in the European network. Always had pleasant rides on them so far.
Sorry for your ex collegues to hear about their situation. I guess they've to look for a new position now? And how about that nice A300 model, did you take it home (they can't use it anymore, so why not)
btw, food offerings in the LHR lounge is really great! Makes a difference from the usual European lounge food!
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Infodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1493 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 13379 times:
This must have a been a very special yet emotional trip for you. How nice that you took the time to visit your old colleagues in London. I can already see the Olympic Airlines / Olympic Air confusion starting, just like Swissair / Swiss!
Were you able to have a final trip on Olympic (maybe I missed a TR somewhere)? When was the last time you flew with them?
Those meals onboard did not look attractive. The plastic dishes just look so wrong in C-Class!
Thanks for sharing with us!
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