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Aegean Airlines A3633/A3632-LYS-ATH-LYS-Inaugural  
User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

Hello dear readers!

I'm online again for another trip report covering a new line link between Lyon and Athens by Aegean Airlines.

Background :
Aegean Airlines has announced the launch of new links aplenty for the summer 2013 season. One of them goes to my hometown, Lyon twice a week. Originally planned for a first flight in late june, the start of the link was scheduled in early june at the end. Good move for me as I'll have a quite busy end of june but at the beginning of june, it suits fine for me! So, I've booked a 2 days trip to the capital city of Greece with a major highlight in the name of the inaugural flight from LYS to ATH! A very first for me! As you could guess, I was really looking forward to board that flight!
At the beginning, the fare were sky-high (around 300€ return while it was around 180€ return via MUC or ZRH...) but after waiting a bit, I found a better fare at around 160€ return. That's way better! I didn't wait a second and I booked it directly through the basic but efficient Aegean Airlines' website.


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Courtesy of the Great Circle Mapper

As usual, I made my way to the too-expensive Rhônexpress. It was quite crowded and a bit messy as the doors open directly on the self-service ticket machine, so you can't board the tramway when there is a crowd using the machines...that's a "very smart" designed station...well, I managed to take a seat!

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Inside of the Rhônexpress

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After 30 minutes, we eventually arrived in the majestic Lyon Airport HST station.

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Fairly long trek toward the terminal.

I reached the check-in counters manned by a very pleasant ground agent and after dropping off my luggage, I went in Terminal 1 schenghen airside area. This part is now used by TP & IB mainly while KM & A3 (among other schenghen carriers) use this part too. This airside area is tiny but it does the job nicely. There is only a store and a bar in it. The views are limited by the airbridges and as the windows are facing eastwards, it's not that good for taking photos in the morning. So, I'm sorry for the poor quality of my pics.

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Not that much of activity here but nice destinations!

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The airside area is divided in 2 parts, so this is the first half of the airside area

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Well, that's the second part obviously


Now, time for a bit of spotting

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An AFs babybus playing hide and seek with me

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Nice A5s Bombardier CRJ-1000 taking off

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Childish Small Planet Airlines livery for this Airbus A320

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Very nice KM Airbus A320 in new colors bound from MLA

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Reverse in action for this U2 Airbus A319

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Gorgeous livery coming right in front of me, KM Airbus A320

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Spotless Boeing 737-300 belonging to LH bound from FRA

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New ZI colors for this Airbus A320

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AF Airbus A318 pushed back

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Where are the gears on this A5 Bombardier CRJ-1000?

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LH by Eurowings Bombardier CRJ-900 bound from DUS

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This is the best I could take of this beautiful Airbus A310-300 of TS landing after a long flight across the pond from YUL

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New A5 livery on this Bombardier CRJ-1000 beauty

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Nice TS Airbus A310-300 almost parked at T2

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Old liveried ZI Airbus A320

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Helvetic for LX Fokker 100

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OS Bombardier Dash8-Q400 taking off bound to VIE

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Those are 2 nice birds!

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KM Airbus A320 reading for departure

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Nice TU Boeing 737-600

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U2 has 4 (I guess) Airbus A319 based in LYS

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An A5s Bombardier CRJ-700 reversing


Now, that's the 1st time in my life that I see an inaugural ceremony, it was so cool see it!

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Time for the fire brigade to be ready for the water canoon salute!

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Reverse in action for this nice A3 Airbus A320 which has the honors to inaugurate the Athens-Lyon link!

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Vacating 18L

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Taxiing to the apron, as you can see, LYS isn't that flat

Let's the images talking...
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Many people at the gate weren't aware about this tradition and were very impressed (some were...worried too!). And it was delightful to be part of such event.

After a quick turnaround it was time to board the plane. Some Aegean Airlines representatives were present but nothing was told about this inaugural service. That's the only regret I have because all the ground and on-board staff were in a very good mood!  http://imageshack.us/a/img818/686/dscn1609sn.jpg
FIDS, not many flights will depart from here after us...

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The gate assigned to the inaugural service, as you can see, nothing much to say but very pleasant staff though


06.08.2013
Flight # : A3633
Departure airport : Lyon St-Exupéry (LYS/LFLL)
Arrival airport : Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH/LGAV)
ETD : 1050
ATD : 1120
ETA : 1430
ATA : 1440
Scheduled flight time : 02:40
Actual flight time : 02:20
Aircraft type : Airbus A320-200
Reg # : SX-DVN
Seat : 04A


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Boarding started in very usual way : Business and *A Gold, families with young children, passengers needing assistance then from back to the front. The boarding was called a bit late but as I wasn't in hurry at all, I didn't mind.

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How I like walking in a glass-jet bridge!

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Passengers were greeted by a very smiling F/A and even by the captain himself. Very nice touch!

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Such a pleasant sight

The F/A in the galley gave to everyone a nice gift which I found a very nice touch to celebrate the airline.

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The Aegean' goodies which were given to all passengers! Thank you A3!

The cabin was spotless and the smart colors used give a very pleasant feeling onboard. You feel you're in modern and comfortable airliner.

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Leatherish seat, comfortable enough for the flight lenght

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Generous legroom (at least for me)

To my biggest surprise, we were served a pre-take off drink to choose between OJ and white wine. Wow! I'm so impressed today! Then, the Aegean Airlines' candy was distributed, as usual with this airline.

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I chose the OJ, nice touch from A3

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The candy sitting on my leg (I forgot to take a photo on the tray table   )

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Seat pocket content


After the boarding completed annoucement, we eventually pushed back way behind schedule. Not a big on-time performance from the greek carrier but I was in good mood, I didn't mind the late departure.

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Push-back with a nice view over the Terminal 1 Non-schengen gates

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TU, BA and TK getting ready for their next flight

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Taxi along the Terminal 2 featuring a nice TS Airbus A310...

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...and a very nice blueish KL Embraer 190

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The T2 regional pier with 2 old-style boys facing...

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...a new-style one! Well, I don't really like this livery...

During taxi, safety video was displayed after being teased by a nice entertainment

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The best IFE program ever!

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Safety procedure video

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Well, it seems true today

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Taxiing to the northern part of the airport while someone on final

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Hey! A belgian bird! It reminds me something...

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Well, today, we'll take off from 18L, that's not usual as in LYS, 36R-18L is mostly a landing runway while 36L-18R is for take-off...

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Accelerating on 18L

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Rotating while passing by some construction work

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Climbing

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Climbing and turning over a small town called La Verpillière

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Flaps retracted with the airport at the distance

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The city of Bourgoin-Jallieu which hosts a famous rugby team

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Beautiful sight. On the left, the very nice Lac de Bellegarde, on its right (cover by clouds) the Dent du Chat (Cat's Tooth) mountain range and then, the very nice city of Chambéry with the Lac du Bourget (the largest natural lake in France). You can spot Chambéry-Aix les Bains airport (CMF/LFLB) which used to be an airbase (Air force helicopter flying school)

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Another shot of the city of Chambéry

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Beautiful views of the Alps

Between 15 to 30 minutes into the flight, a meal was offered. Consisting in a pasta with meat balls and some feta cheese dish (very tasty), butter, cheese, crackers, bread and chocolate biscuit. The meal was very filling and fitted well for the flight duration. It's on par with what LH offers on MUC-ATH when I flew there last october

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Quite nice meal

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Flying along the Adriatic sea coastline

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Above the Adriatic

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Overflying the city of Brindisi with the airport in sight (well...I guess it's BDS!)

Shortly afterwards, I was pleasantly shocked to be offered a very nice small portion of vanilla mousse with some chocolate on the top. I guess it's because we're in an inaugural service but...OMG  Wow!...what a brilliant service! It was very tasty while it could have been cooler. Well done Aegean!   

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Tasty vanilla mousse

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Reaching Corfu island


Around 2hrs into the flight, we started a very scenic approach

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The famous Rio-Antirrio bridge

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Approaching ATH over the Peloponnesian mountains

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The Isthmus of Corinth

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The Saronic gulf

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Approaching new ATH while crossing the old ATH

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Flaps deployed

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Closer to the ground

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Touchdown!

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Airbrakes & reverses in action

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Vacating the runway

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Passing by a rather small OA Bombardier Dash8-Q100 and a rather suspicious looking Astra Avro RJ-100 (looks "mafia-ish" to me, according the livery...)

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An OA' Bombardier Dash8-Q400 (soon to be in A3 colors?   )

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I guess it's a private Embraer 145

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So many different airlines parked in ATH : EK' Boeing 777-300ER, TK' Boeing 737-800, EY' Airbus A32x, A3' Airbus A320, OS' Airbus A321, AF' Airbus A320

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Parked with a french neighbor, the flight comes into its end...sadly

I thanked the crew for this very nice flight and made my way to the arrival hall which was a rather long trek in a fairly deserted terminal. During the walk, I noticed that the only way to transfer to another flight is to go through a security checkpoint. Bad point for ATH. The terminal was in very good condition, there is nothing fancy but everything is quite convenient and does the job well.

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Long halls toward the baggage claim

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Arrival hall, it took 15 minutes to get my luggage which came with one of the first


After claiming my luggage, I decided to use the metro which conveniently departs from ATH every 30 minutes to the central area of Athens city. You just have to step outside the terminal, follow the Train/Metro station signs and after 5-7 minutes, you're there! Beware before going there, none of the self-ticket machines or manned counters accept credit cards, be sure to have cash ready! The one-way journey costs 8€.

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Walking outside the terminal

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This bridge leads to the station

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Convenient walkways

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Very spacious station, well, very deserted though...be sure to have some coins/notes in your pocket unless you're good to go back to the terminal where the nearest ATM is located...

After purchasing the ticket, I made my way to the platforms (this station is served by both commuter trains and metro)

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Clean platforms

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Before stepping in a fresh metro.

The journey lasts for an hour before reaching the Syntagma station. Announcements are made in greek and in english as well, nice thing!


ATHENS

I spent a day and a half in this city. Well, I admit that I didn't liked my stay there. For the first time in my life, I felt unsecure as a pedestrian (due to the traffic) and I walked in many cities! The pedestrian walkways are in very bad condition.Many greeks don't speak english or just barely understand it which is not really helpful for tourists. Except that, Athens has many nice places, I liked walking on the Lycabettus hill from where you could have stunning views over the city and I had a very nice dinner in a tiny restaurant located in a small street. There are many ancient greek remains scattered across the city and as some streets are pedestrian area, it was quite pleasant to walk there.

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The Athens Academy, nice architecture

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The Greek Parliament Guard, funny ceremonial dress but very martial

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The Greek Parliament

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Olympic stadium, so impressive! Arriving there after running a marathon must be very impressive!

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So tasty dish made with fresh (VERY fresh) tomatoes, nice feta cheese and delicious pita bread. Topped with delicious olive oil, it was perfect to eat!

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The view from the Lycabettus hill

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Nice greek remains

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View over the Parthenon


The second day, as the flight was scheduled to depart quite early, I didn't want to wake up at insane time, I booked a room at the very convenient Sofitel Athens Airport hotel situated right in front of the terminal! This hotel feature a wonderful complimentary swimming pool at the highest floor with beautiful views over one of the runways...nice place to spot the aircrafts departing or arriving as you'll see...

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Life is gooood...

but I was more excited by this...

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Nice wingflex on this TK' Boeing 737-800

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LO' Embraer 195 retracting her gears

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OA' Bombardier Dash8-Q400

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Astra' Avro RJ-100 wearing a suspicious black livery...looks like she's owned by some mafia' leader!  http://imageshack.us/a/img16/1754/dscn1916l.jpg
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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8179 times:

Hey LYSflyer,

Very nice report. I've never been on an inaugural flight so I understand your excitement. I would have been thrilled too!

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
OS Bombardier Dash8-Q400 taking off bound to VIE

Looking good. I'm booked to fly one of these later in the summer.

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
Many people at the gate weren't aware about this tradition and were very impressed (some were...worried too!). And it was delightful to be part of such event.

Haha, never thought about this but it makes sense. If you you don't know much about civil aviation the sight of those trucks firing water on a plane makes you think they're trying to extinguish a fire...

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
The F/A in the galley gave to everyone a nice gift which I found a very nice touch to celebrate the airline.

Nice! A nice touch indeed.

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
(looks "mafia-ish" to me, according the livery...)

Yeah, you're right. It does look kinda "dark".

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
An OA' Bombardier Dash8-Q400 (soon to be in A3 colors? )

Very unlikely. Even if A3 and OA merge it is more likely that the new company will inherit OA's name and livery (unfortunately) even though A3 is much bigger.

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
I guess it's a private Embraer 145

This actually belongs to Aegean ...Oil. It's a petrol company based in Athens and owned by the new owner of AEK FC.

Quoting LYSflyer (Thread starter):
I spent a day and a half in this city. Well, I admit that I didn't liked my stay there. For the first time in my life, I felt unsecure as a pedestrian (due to the traffic) and I walked in many cities! The pedestrian walkways are in very bad condition.Many greeks don't speak english or just barely understand it which is not really helpful for tourists. Except that, Athens has many nice places,


Athens is far from my favorite city in Greece (I know I have said this too many times) so I totally understand you. As for the English I'm a bit surprised. In my experience it's much more likely to find an English-speaking person in Greece than in Italy, Spain and much of Southern Europe. Maybe you were coming across the wrong people, lol.


Congrats on registering your first inaugural flight. A3 is my favorite airline (at least in Europe) and I know that they can deliver a product that is superior to that of much larger companies. I'm glad you had a good time

Thanks.

Stojan

PS: I have the feeling that the end of your report got cut. I hate it when a.net does that.



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User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8042 times:

I apologize because my TR was cut (perhaps was it too long) so, here is the second part of it!


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A3' Airbus A320 retracting

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Another OA' Bombardier Dash8-Q400

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Smaller OA' Bombardier Dash8-Q100

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Sky Express Jetstream 41

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U2 is everywhere across Europe!

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A3 Airbus A320 taxiing

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Smart LX Airbus A320 bound to GVA

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Steep climbing for this OA Bombardier Dash8-Q400

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Beautiful T/O for this EK Boeing 777-300ER

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U2 has a quite substancial activity in ATH

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Sadly, that's the best shot I could take of this nice RJ' Embraer 175


Early in the morning, I crossed the street in front the hotel to drop-off my luggage.

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The curbside

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Old-style departure board

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General view of the Terminal landside

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Self service check-in kiosk

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Drop-off counters manned by a very pleasant agent

After passing through the security manned by a very nice agent, I made my way to the departure lounge. Well, don't go there well in advance because there is almost nothing there and the views are very limited.


08.06.2013
Flight # : A3632
Departure airport : Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH/LGAV)
Arrival airport : Lyon St-Exupéry (LYS/LFLL)
ETD : 0830
ATD : 0825
ETA : 1010
ATA : 1020
Scheduled flight time : 02:40
Actual flight time : 02:55
Aircraft type : Airbus A320-200
Reg # : SX-DVM
Seat : 05A

Passengers were welcomed by a very nice and chatty F/A, I made my way to the seat allocated to me. Contrary to the 04A which has 2 windows, 05A has only one and mine was scratched...bad luck this time. The overall aspect of the plane was very great and clean.

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FIDS

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Well, not-so frequent travellers at the door

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Love this sight!

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Legroom shot

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Seat pocket content

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View before pushing-back

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A3 Airbus A321 and CY Airbus A320 parked

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Sad view of this ex-OA Airbus A340-300

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An Hellenic Airways Boeing 747-200...did she actually flew a scheduled flight?

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Another sad view of this ex-OA Airbus A340-300

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Seconds before aligning on the runway

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Reaching the threshold

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Accelerating

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Climbing over ATH, this little yellow wingleted Boeing 737-300 was bound from LYS!

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Climbing with Athens at the distance

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Left-hand turn leads to a beautiful view over the airport

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ATH from above

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Overflying Athens

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Nice view over the bay

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Incredible, snowy mountain tops in Peloponnese!

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Two days after, the Rio-Antirrio bridge

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Cruising over the Gulf of Patras

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Araxos airport

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Unknown airport

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This one looks like a military air base


Soon, the breakfast was served. Consisting in a not-good looking but very tasty spinach and cheese pancake, greek yoghurt with honey, bread with butter and strawberry jam along with OJ and tea or coffee. It was very filling and tasty. Aegean Airlines catering does a great job!

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It looks not good but was very tasty

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Breakfast with a view over the southern end of Italy

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Close up on BDS

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BRI airport perhaps?

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Reaching italian coastline

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I think it's PSR airport

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Overflying Florence

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FR has a lot of activity over Italy

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FLR I guess, that's a short runway!

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PSA perhaps?

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Flightpath displayed on the overhead screen during the flight, I prefer that zillion times over crappy ads or TV shows

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We started our descent over snow covered Alps, that's a nice view

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AB' Boeing 737-700 cruising high

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More Alps

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Crossing the valley of Grésivaudan with the city of Grenoble at the distance

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GNB airport

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Passing LYS on the approach path

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Turning over some fields

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Approaching on the runway

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Touchdown on 18L

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Full brakes and reverse in LYS

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Vacating 18L

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Crossing an Air Méditerranée Airbus A321, not in the mud this time!

I thanked the crew and made my way to the baggage claim which is basically meters away after the jet-bridge.

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Downstairs is the way to go

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The baggage claim area

After grabbing my bag (the very first one!), I went directly to the Rhônexpress which departed seconds after settling in it. An hour later, I was home after a very nice trip.

Conclusions :
LYS - Very pleasant experience in Terminal 1 but the Rhônexpress is a real rip-off!
ATH - Pleasant airport with everything needed by a traveller, the only downside is the journey-time in metro from/to Athens.
A3 - Very nice carrier which offer a very good and modern product. Hopefully, the economic downturn facing by Greece won't hurt this nice carrier.

Thank you for having read this TR, hope you liked it!

Regards to all!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26913 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8010 times:

Hey nice report from the inagurual. Its great when airlines do something special and some nice A3 gifts for sure especially the PIN.

A3 do offer a very decent product in Y and J . They are up there with LX and BA. Catering has always been a strong point on Greek carriers even on the old OA state run company.

The metro would not have been my choice to get into the centre. The Bus is quicker and cheaper and runs 24/7 from outside arrivals. Still you were not to know.

Glad you enjoyed the historic sights of Athens. Regarding English speakers I think you got the wrong people as mentioned by another member above. The vast majority of young Greeks speak good English as they need it these days to get a job. The older generation is a different story though.

Nice views from the Sofitel , probably the best spotting place at ATH. Great to see varied airlines and metal at ATH despite the crisis. This year is tipped to be a very good year for Greek tourism judging by advance bookings/stats. Fingers crossed it performs as expected.

Regards

OA260  


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7972 times:

Hello again, my main comments are sandwiched between the two segments of your report  but here's one more thing:

Quoting LYSflyer (Reply 2):
This one looks like a military air base

This actually is PVK (Aktion) serving the town of Preveza and the western Epirus region. In the summer it receives a ton of chartered flights.

Thanks again for the fun report

Stojan



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User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7286 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Very nice report. I've never been on an inaugural flight so I understand your excitement. I would have been thrilled too!

Thank you, I was really excited about being on an inaugural!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
I'm booked to fly one of these later in the summer.

I like the Q400 so much! Any trip report in sight?   Where are you going?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
the sight of those trucks firing water on a plane makes you think they're trying to extinguish a fire...

You're right

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Very unlikely. Even if A3 and OA merge it is more likely that the new company will inherit OA's name and livery (unfortunately) even though A3 is much bigger.

Makes sense national pride-wise but I think A3 brand is more recognized for its seriousness than OA which was built on the ashes of the old OA...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
This actually belongs to Aegean ...Oil. It's a petrol company based in Athens and owned by the new owner of AEK FC.

Thank you!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Athens is far from my favorite city in Greece...Maybe you were coming across the wrong people

I agree with you, bad luck from me. Athens must be visited even if it isn't the best european city

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
PS: I have the feeling that the end of your report got cut. I hate it when a.net does that.

Sorry for that, I didn't noticed that but I had to leave home when I sent the TR, I didn't checked it after posting it...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
This actually is PVK (Aktion) serving the town of Preveza and the western Epirus region. In the summer it receives a ton of chartered flights.

Thank you! I like to know which airfields I overfly. Earth seen from above is so beautiful

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey nice report from the inagurual. Its great when airlines do something special and some nice A3 gifts for sure especially the PIN.

Thank you! I'm glad you liked my TR. I agree with you, it's so great to be treat this way

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
A3 do offer a very decent product in Y and J . They are up there with LX and BA.

About J, I don't know but I can't agree more with you about their Y product

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
The Bus is quicker and cheaper and runs 24/7 from outside arrivals.

I was worried about being stuck for hours in a traffic jam...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I think you got the wrong people

You're right, bad luck from me!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Nice views from the Sofitel , probably the best spotting place at ATH

Yes, it is!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
This year is tipped to be a very good year for Greek tourism judging by advance bookings/stats. Fingers crossed it performs as expected.

I hope so for Greece. I look forward to visit some small greek islands (and to fly one of this many short hop flights from ATH)



Again, thank you all for these nice comments!


Regards


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6349 times:

Hey

Another great report, thanks for sharing it with us!
I flew Aegean from DUS to ATH a few months prior and was pleased about the service as well.
I just found legroom a bit cramped IMO.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26913 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 6091 times:

Quoting LYSflyer (Reply 5):
I hope so for Greece. I look forward to visit some small greek islands (and to fly one of this many short hop flights from ATH)

I hope you get to book another trip to the Islands and take some Domestic flights hopping around the Islands. Id love to do that myself  


User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5883 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
I just found legroom a bit cramped IMO.

well, I don't agree with you, I found the legroom quite fine. But as I said in a previous report, I'm not very tall...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
I hope you get to book another trip to the Islands and take some Domestic flights hopping around the Islands. Id love to do that myself

I'm quite busy with my job and my other planned trips but I look forward to fly in Greece in the near future. I wish you'll fly an island hop anytime soon too!


Regards


User currently offlineODAFZ From Afghanistan, joined Jul 2004, 357 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5449 times:

Quite enjoyable trip report with very nice pictures.

Just a small detail the trip from the Airport to the city centre takes 42 minutes and by bus between 70 and 80 minutes for a better fare. Traffic jams are not to be expected unless there is a strike of public transport ( or when the city center is closed ) or very bad weather .People are relying on public transport as owning a car has become extremely expensive.

And go for the less known cycladic islands ... there are gems untouched by mass tourism.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4886 times:

Very nice report.

Aegean is an excellent airline. I am a great fan of them.... a star shining bright in a gloomy Greece at the moment.

Seems like there was quite alot of special treatment involved, but the meals looked classy as they were when I flew with them 3 years ago.

Many thanks for the report!

Luke  



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineLYSflyer From France, joined May 2013, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

@ODAFZ, thank you for the nice comment and advices!

@lukeyboy95, thank you. And I fully agree with you, A3 is a very good airline!


Regards


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