OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 17123 times:
This is the return portion of my first trip with the new Olympic Air. After a great first flight I had good expectations for the return and after a few days with my family it was time to say goodbye especially to my cousin who was leaving for the Army in a few days.
Some misc photos I took whilst there ::
My cousin getting ready to go by buying in his kit.
I saw this whilst out shopping and had to get it :
The house :
A Royal Caribbean Cruise ship in the port
Now thats what I call advertising :
I got the express bus to the Airport which took only 45 mins and cost around €3.
DATE : 03/NOV/2009
AIRLINE: OLYMPIC AIR
FLIGHT : OA269
ROUTE : ATH-LHR
CLASS : ECONOMY
On arrival I was greeted by a impressive advertising campaign. Lots of Buses with the huge Olympic rings logo and posters around the entrance.
Note the smoking ban now at all Greek airports.
Then time to check in .
I was greeted by a friendly check in agent, no ques and asked if I was happy with 27A which had been pre allocated to me. I thanked the agent and made my way to look outside. Very fast check in process.
EL AL heading for its short flight to TLV
And then it was time to go and find SX-DFC
The old OA. Not sure what will happen to these birds. But that is the problem for the Greek government now and not Olympic Air.
Time to go back into the Terminal and head to the Olympic Air lounge .
Note the old OA still operating a few flights until the licenses get sorted. These are however operated by Olympic Air A/C and crew but under the old OA license.
I would love a set of those tea cups. I love airline branded stuff.
So a very nice lounge with nice food and sweets and drinks choices. Very spacious and clean. Nice staff. Even had showers.
It was then time to head to the gate.
We were welcomed at the door by two friendly crew. I noticed that the seats on this A/C were blue leather. I know some dont like blue but I do and it matches the OA brand. I hope they install blue leather on all their future A/C.
Very soft comfortable seats and very clean cabin.
A very wet ATH
Pre take off sweet
Pilot came over the PA welcomed us all aboard and soon we were making our way down the runway to take off.
Time to inspect the toilets.
Then a nice smell as the food trolley neared my seat. I kind of knew what it was from the smell....
This was the best meal out of the two flights, just personal choice. I love it. Veg was cooked perfectly and it really was a nice meal. Also nice Greek salad .
washed down with some really good wine
Then after around 20 mins another drinks service. I went for Sprite.
Coffee top ups and biscuits.
And then the crew came around with bottles of water and cups.
Soon it was time to clear everything away and make our approach to LHR.
We pulled up on stand and it was time to say goodbye to the crew. I made a point of thanking them for the excellent service and they all smiled and thanked me.
Bags took a while to come off but not more than usual for LHR.
So that was the end of my second Olympic Air flight. A very nice trip and consistant with the first experience. I will certainly be using them more in the future. If they were a member of the Star Alliance I would use them for every trip to Athens. It seems that Skyteam is their destiny so whenever Ive renewed Star Gold in the future I will then take OA for the rest of my ATH trips.
"Η Ελλάδα ψηλά" - ''Greece Flying High'' ??
It certainly is
Thanks for reading and I appreciate all your comments.
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 16657 times:
fantastic report and pictures - I enjoyed reading about the new Olympic Air a lot. It is good to hear that they offer such a good product and obviously had a good start. Let's hope that they will do well. And maybe they will return to Germany some time - that would give me the opportunity to try them out once as well.
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter): Note the old OA still operating a few flights until the licenses get sorted. These are however operated by Olympic Air A/C and crew but under the old OA license.
Sounds a bit confusing to the non-informed customer.
SXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 16391 times:
Gia Sou Phil!!
As always such a wonderful TR! After reading this TR I bet LX is going to miss you on the flights you take to ATH!! Glad to see the new OA is doing such a wonderful job and glad to see they honored OA's past too! Truly a class act airline! I hope that they will someday get long haul AC and return to JFK!!
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 14246 times:
once again OA did a fantastic job on your flight. The meal looks delicious indeed. Any choice, or all passengers the same meal?
I like the cabin setting on the A320 you flew on. It looks fresh and luxury. And I think the leather is easier to keep in good condition too. I still remember the shabby look of the cloth seats on the old OA B734's.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
LACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4006 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13069 times:
Thank you for the lovely trip report. I enjoyed it very much. It seems OA has a wonderful thing going. Their new Airbus fleet look great inside and out.
The meal looked very good. What does BA etc., serve on this route? It's a real treat to get a decent meal in Y, then again, any class of service these days.