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Olympic STR-SKG-ATH-Santorini And Back (+pics)  
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 20873 times:

This trip already took place some months ago, but as I haven’t written a report yet, I decided to do so now and also share some pics with you.

I bought this ticket in summer 2006 for travel in October 2006 on the Olympic Airlines web page for EUR 198,00 plus tax EUR 128,03 which made a final price of EUR 326,03 for the return flight from STR to Santorini and back. I got a traditional paper ticket by mail, issued by OA’s airport office at STR:



Wednesday, 18 October 2006
Stuttgart (STR) – Thessaloniki (SKG) – Athens (ATH)
Airline: Olympic Airlines
Flight number: OA 192
Scheduled departure time: 13:00
Scheduled arrival time: 17:45 (local time; time difference + 1 hour, so flight time was 3:45 hours, including 50 minutes stopover at SKG)
Type of aircraft: B 737-300
Registration: EC-JTV (leased from Hola Airlines)



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This aircraft has an interesting history: It was built in 1988 and delivered to Aeromaritime in France as F-GFUD. Later it was in service for EAS and from 1991 for Air France. In 2004 the aircraft joined the fleet of Air Plus Comet in Spain; in summer 2006 it was transferred to Hola Airlines who now operate the aircraft for Olympic.

The history of this aircraft in pictures:


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I arrived at Stuttgart Airport by commuter train. Check-in for this flight to Thessaloniki and Athens opened at 11:00 with two counters in Terminal 3:



I was checked in by a friendly female agent and received my two boarding passes for STR-ATH and ATH-JTR:



Then I spent some time on the viewing gallery where I watched the arrival of an Aegean Airlines B 737-400 that would fly the same route to SKG and ATH only 30 minutes ahead of OA:



Shortly after, the Olympic aircraft arrived as well:



This aircraft is the newest addition to Olympic’s fleet, leased from Hola Airlines but already wearing basic Olympic colours:



I proceeded through security check without any problems and proceeded to Gate 333 where boarding started about 20 minutes before departure. I entered the aircraft via a jet-bridge and was welcomed by a friendly flight attendant (all in all there were three flight attendants on this service, all female). Greek and German newspapers were offered at the entrance. The first four rows were reserved for Business Class, but only two passengers were sitting there. I took my seat in Economy, number 7A. The cabin interior showed the history of the aircraft: Air Plus Comet-seats with Olympic headrest-covers and Air France seatbelts:

(picture was taken after landing at ATH)


The safety cards were issued by Hola Airlines:



There were no in-flight magazines in the seat pockets, like on all my flights (doesn’t OA have one?) The signs in the aircraft were in Spanish and English language. However, the crew was Greek, wearing Olympic uniforms, so it seems to be a dry-lease. Boarding was finished quickly with only 40 – 50 passengers on this service; the two seats next to me remained empty. Cabin crew performed their safety demonstration manually (other than some of OA’s B 737-400, this B 737-300 aircraft wasn’t equipped with TV-screens). We were off-block on time and taxied the short way to the Western end of the single runway at STR.

Soon we were airborne:



The town of Ostfildern, a suburb of Stuttgart:



The City of Esslingen:



The Swabian Mountains (Schwaebische Alb):



Nice view of Munich Airport:






The first officer came over the microphone and explained the flight route to us which would lead us from STRMUC via Austria and Slovenia to Croatia near Dubrovnik and further to SKG.

An airport in Austria (does anybody know which one?):



Always a great sight: the Alps:






Meal service started quite late 45 minutes after departure, but with a flight time to SKG of more than two hours, there was plenty of time. Lunch consisted of e cold plate with bacon, fish and different kinds of salads, an additional Greek salad, a roll with butter plus a cake for dessert:



All in all the meal was of good quality and quantity. Still a traditional tray meal, even with metal cutlery which has become rare on European air travel today, at least in Economy. By the way: when I flew on OA on the same route about one year ago, they even served a hot meal, but the cold meal I got now was fine for the flight time and still above average, so I won’t complain. All passengers were asked if they wanted to have red or white wine with the dinner, but I stayed with the non-alcoholic orange juice. Later the cabin crew came around with tea and coffee. All in all a very attentive service.

Somewhere over Bosnia or Serbia:






A lake in Macedonia:



The coastline of the Aegean Sea:



Approaching Thessaloniki:









We touched down on one of the two crossing runways at SKG and taxied to a parking position on the apron. On-block time was 16:05. An Aegean Airlines B 737-400, a BA B 737-400, a Tarom ATR 42-500 and an Olympic ATR 42-300 were present at the airport as well.

22 passengers left our aircraft at SKG and were bussed to the terminal. About 25 passengers stayed on board. A cleaning crew came through the aircraft collecting rubbish and the aircraft was re-fuelled. After half an hour, 43 new pax joined us, so there were about 70 passengers for the SKG-ATH segment. We were off-block at 16:40 and taxied to the runway again.

Taking off into the dusk:






Flight time to ATH was only 45 minutes; there was another drinks service.

The weather in Greece was quite bad; it was clouded, cold and extremely windy. Soon we were approaching ATH:









We touched down and taxied to a parking position on the apron. A first bus was reserved for Business Class passengers. When that bus had left, Economy passengers were allowed to leave the aircraft as well and were awaited by a second bus.

Now I had three hours left until my onward departure to Santorini. I watched the traffic a bit, but as it was dark outside, there was not too much to see. So I looked around in the modern and clean terminal building and visited a small exhibition which demonstrated how the airport was built and showed some archaeological items that were found in the area.


Wednesday, 18 October 2006
Athens (ATH) – Thira / Santorini (JTR)
Airline: Olympic Airlines
Flight number: OA 560
Scheduled departure time: 20:50
Scheduled arrival time: 21:40
Type of aircraft: ATR 42-300
Registration: SX-BIC “Aristotle”



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This aircraft was built in 1990 and delivered to Olympic Aviation. With the new organisation of the Olympic group after Olympic Airways had disappeared from the sky, all aircraft of Olympic Aviation (except the helicopters) became part of Olympic Airlines.


I proceeded through security check to my gate for JTR, a bus gate on the ground floor. Boarding started at 20:30 and a bus took all passengers to the aircraft where we were welcomed by a female flight attendant. The flight was nearly full; I counted seven empty seats. Passengers were a mixture of tourists from various nations in Europe, America and Asia. Only few Greeks were on board. As there was only one flight attendant and there was obviously no tape, the safety demo was first read and then performed.

We were off-block shortly after, proceeded to the runway and took off into the stormy night. There were heavy storms over the Aegean Sea on that day, so the flight was quite bumpy. However, the flight attendant still managed to perform a drinks service.

The cabin of the ATR 42-300:



It was extremely clouded during the whole flight, so there was nothing to see outside. Besides it was dark anyway. Landing on the small airport of Santorini was quite impressive. Our ATR 42 was the only aircraft at the airport (and the last flight of the day which would leave for ATH again after a short turn-around).

A bus took all passengers to the tiny terminal building where luggage arrived quickly on the only luggage belt.

I took a taxi to my hotel in Thira, the capital of the island.



For those who are interested, here are some impressions of the beautiful island of Santorini:

Thira, the capital of the island, with the volcano island “Nea Kameni” in the background and two large cruise ships which visit Santorini frequently:



Oia, a town in the North of the island:



Sunset in the harbour of Oia:



The Red Beach:



View from “Profitis Ilias”, the highest mountain of the island (with the airport in the background):



I also made a day-trip by ferry to the Island of Naxos, about two hours ride.

The ferry harbour of Santorini, early in the morning:



Question to the experts: which type of aircraft is this?  Wink



The ferry “Blue Star Naxos” after I had left it on Naxos Island, on its way to Piraeus near Athens:



The Island of Naxos:



An Olympic Airlines ATR 42-300 approaching Naxos Airport (by coincidence again SX-BIC, the same aircraft that brought me from ATH to JTR and that would also take me back again some days later):




After one week it was time to go back again.

Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Thira / Santorini (JTR) – Athens (ATH)
Airline: Olympic Airlines
Flight number: OA 551
Scheduled departure time: 07:10
Scheduled arrival time: 08:00
Type of aircraft: ATR 42-300
Registration: SX-BIC “Aristotle”



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I got up early and arrived at the airport of Santorini at 05:30. The terminal building was still closed; it opened at 05:45. There was a security check at the entrance. Olympic Airlines had one counter open for the early morning departure to ATH (later a second counter was opened). I checked in my luggage and got my two boarding passes for JTR-ATH and ATH-STR.

The airport of Santorini is quite small. Besides some charter flights (mainly to Britain and Germany) during summer season, which was over in October, the only regular operations are several daily flights to ATH with Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines.

Besides my OA-service, there was an Aegean Airlines flight to ATH as well that left only 20 minutes later (Avro RJ 100).

I proceeded through a second security check to the gate area which was quite crowded with these two flights. There was a small duty-free shop airside, as well as a snack point. I found some stairs and a sign saying “smoking area”. I don’t smoke, but I decided to climb up and was positively surprised to find a small but nice outdoor observation deck. In other countries, they would have called this place “viewing area”, but spotting isn’t too popular in Greece, so they use it as a “smoking area”.

I watched the Olympic ATR 42-300 arriving; it was SX-BIC again, the same aircraft that took me to Santorini a week ago. There were 12 passengers on the inbound flight. Some minutes later, the Aegean Avro RJ100 arrived as well.

Boarding started on time and we were bussed to the aircraft. The last three rows on the right side were put down, and an old lady was lying there on an improvised bed, so this service was used as an ambulance flight as well. With 44 regular passengers and the 6 seats blocked, the aircraft was completely packed.

We were off-block soon, taxied to the runway and took off into the early morning sky:



Nice morning atmosphere in the Aegean Sea:









The captain came over the microphone shortly and explained the flight route which would lead us via the Aegean Sea, crossing the Island of Milos, to ATH.

The flight attendant had to hurry to serve all passengers with drinks during the short flight time.

Approaching ATH:



After landing, we were taken to the terminal building by bus again.


Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Athens (ATH) – Thessaloniki (SKG) – Stuttgart (STR)
Airline: Olympic Airlines
Flight number: OA 191
Scheduled departure time: 09:15
Scheduled arrival time: 12:10 (local time; time difference - 1 hour, so flight time was 3:55 hours, including 50 minutes stopover at SKG)
Type of aircraft: B 737-300
Registration: EC-JQX (leased from Hola Airlines)



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Again an aircraft with history: it was built in 1987 and delivered to Sabena as OO-SDY. In 2002, it was taken over by DBA as D-ADIE. In 2004 it was transferred to Air Horizons in France as F-GRNF. In 2006 the aircraft joined the fleet of Olympic, leased from Hola Airlines in Spain.

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This time I only had one hour time at ATH, so I proceeded to my onward gate which had changed since the first information at Santorini.

Boarding started at 08:50, nearly half an hour before scheduled departure, via a jet-bridge. Again three flight attendants (two female, one male).

The cabin interior was a bit different from EC-JTV:

(picture was taken after landing at STR)


There were signs is Greek, English, Spanish and French language to be found at different places in the cabin.

The first three rows were Business Class. Load factor in Economy on the first segment ATH-SKG was about 70%.

After take-off from ATH, we were above the clouds soon:



In Northern Greece:



This time we were flying directly over the City of Thessaloniki:






Turn-around at SKG was similar to the flight one week ago, only with the difference that cabin crew checked passports and boarding passes of all passengers who stayed on board for the international sector (about 40 passengers proceeded to STR), and all hand luggage items had to be identified. Lots of new passengers arrived by bus. There was w full load of 100% for the SKG-STR sector; not a single free seat.


After take-off from SKG:



Over Macedonia:



Meal service, again very good with noodle salad, different kinds of cheese, a mixed salad, a roll with butter and again a cake for dessert:



Over Bosnia:



The Alps:






Bavaria:



After two hours of flying we were approaching STR from the West. The City of Boeblingen:






Shortly before landing:



After touch-down, our aircraft proceeded to a parking position in front of the terminal:






I left the aircraft via the jet-bridge, collected my luggage and took a commuter train home.


Conclusion: This was my second trip with Olympic Airlines and I have to say that they offer a very good product on European flights: all of my flights were on time, crews are friendly, meal service is above European average, service on the ground is good as well and connecting at ATH is quite convenient as the airport is really modern and nice. I would definitely fly OA again and I am hoping the best for their future.

So much for today; questions and comments are always appreciated.

Regards

Christoph

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User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 20692 times:

Very Interesting TR, Thanks for sharing it. The meal service Olympic provides looks very nice!

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5157 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 20666 times:

Hello, Christoph,
a nice saturday night experience to follow your steps to Santorini.
I was also there, some years ago, on a cruise around the aegean sea.
A terrible experience, never will do that again!.
Olympic sounds not bad, if it´s possible to change into profits with these kind of
handling (paper tix) and the full service?.
It seems you had a good time there at Santorini and Naxos.
Where do you stay there?.
Condor offers a nonstop service from STR this summer, maybe an interesting destination.
Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 20588 times:

Excellent pictures of Santorini. I had the opportunity to travel to Santorini in 1997, and will never forget it. I came on on a Blue Scandinavian 752 from GOT to JTR that year. Does anybody know if that airline still even exists?


GO ROCKETS
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5157 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 20560 times:

Hello, Chugach,

Quoting Chugach (Reply 3):
Does anybody know if that airline still even exists?

a friend of mine was with Blue Scandinavian as a FO for a year or so.
The airline was later merged with AFAIK an UK carrier, but do not know the details furthermore.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2417 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 20533 times:

Quoting Chugach (Reply 3):
Does anybody know if that airline still even exists?

VERY difficult story, don't nail me on that...

First their was Transwede, doing charter as TRANSWEDE LEISURE. It was re-named BLUE SCANDINAVIA as the airline was sold to Fritidsresor Travel. Later Fritidsresor Travel was sold to Thompson Travel Group and re-named Britannia Airways AB, but in 2006 a new name was chosen, this time: TUIfly Nordic. Next name-change might happen in 2008- after all airlines will be rebranded as (just) TUIfly.com ! Like HLX and Hapagfly have been and Thomsonfly will be soon...


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User currently offlineSafs From Australia, joined Dec 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 20383 times:

Wow what a holiday! Beautiful pictures, especially of Santorini! I enjoyed reading your report. Thanks for posting it.

Safs


User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 20356 times:

Excellent report. I love reading the STR trip reports because I miss my yearly vacations to STR with a good friend whose relatives all live outside STR. We always ended up flying BA from the U.S west coast to STR and when headed home, it was great to spend time at the observation deck at the STR airport.

Question, since both of your flights used STR jetbridges, what determines what airlines use remote stands and what airlines use jetbridges at STR?


User currently offlineSR100 From UK - England, joined Dec 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20260 times:

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
An airport in Austria (does anybody know which one?):

Salzburg.



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 20224 times:

Thanks for posting this interesting and well-written report! OA's financial situation may be bad, but from a passengers' point of view, they must be a great airline to fly on.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Question to the experts: which type of aircraft is this?

It looks like a Shorts-360 cabin to me Big grin

Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20159 times:

Very interesting report with some stunning photos. Nice also to see the interesting routing rather than a charter flight to Santorini. I've thought about visiting the island on many occasions - it really does look lovely.

Greetings
Infodesk



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User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19988 times:

Thanks for your nice report!!

Seeing those pictures of Santorini reminded me of all the great time I did have there!
I love this island, and particularly at sunset, watching the sun going down while sipping a glass of greek wine or a cocktail on a terrasse above the "caldera".



Flying is amazing!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19984 times:

Thanks to all of you for your comments. They are highly appreciated.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
I was also there, some years ago, on a cruise around the aegean sea.
A terrible experience, never will do that again!.
Olympic sounds not bad, if it´s possible to change into profits with these kind of
handling (paper tix) and the full service?.
It seems you had a good time there at Santorini and Naxos.
Where do you stay there?.
Condor offers a nonstop service from STR this summer, maybe an interesting destination.

Santorini seems to be part of many cruises around the Aegean Sea, probably because it is one of the most famous islands in the area. I think the problem of these cruises is the fact that all passengers arrive at the same time on the islands, so the area around the harbour is always very crowded when a cruise ship is present. I always avoided Fira while the cruising ships were around.
I agree with you about OA: they have to find a way to cut costs. Changing from paper tickets to electronic tickets would be a measure that wouldn't affect anybody and would indeed save some money, for example the costs for the mail delivery.
I stayed in Fira in Hotel Atlantis. Nice place. Naxos was only a day trip.
I have heard about the Condor service. Indeed an interesting destination. There used to be charter flight on HapagFly from STR to Santorini in the last years, but only during holiday season.

Quoting Flyboy7974 (Reply 7):
Question, since both of your flights used STR jetbridges, what determines what airlines use remote stands and what airlines use jetbridges at STR?

As jetbridges are limited at STR (there are all in all 8 of them), airlines have to pay a higher fee to the airport company for the use of the jetbridges than for remote stands. It's the airline's choice if they are willing to pay the additional fee. Classic airlines like LH, BA, AF, DL, OA and so on usually use the jetbridges while low-cost operators like Germanwings always use remote stands. Charter carriers like Condor or TUIfly use jetbridges as well as remote stands, depending on availability and also destination. Smaller aircraft (turboprops, Canadair Jet, Embraer) aren't able to use the jetbridges at STR, like on most other airports. The smallest aircraft using jetbridges at STR is the Fokker 70 (KL, OS).

Quoting SR100 (Reply 8):
Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
An airport in Austria (does anybody know which one?):

Salzburg.

Thanks for the information, SR100!

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 9):
Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Question to the experts: which type of aircraft is this?

It looks like a Shorts-360 cabin to me

Possible; could have also been a Cessna Caravan...  Wink

Thanks again for your replies,

Regards

Christoph


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 19790 times:
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Hi Christoph,

Great report as always, many thanks.

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Meal service started quite late 45 minutes after departure, but with a flight time to SKG of more than two hours, there was plenty of time. Lunch consisted of e cold plate with bacon, fish and different kinds of salads, an additional Greek salad, a roll with butter plus a cake for dessert:

- Food looks pretty good, nice portions, unusual for Europe these days.

Liked the holiday snaps, makes me want to visit.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9595 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19699 times:

Thanks for the trip report. I've never read anything about Olympic short haul.

I've been to Santorini on a cruise and it was amazing. I'd love to visit that beautiful island again. You Europeans have so many amazing destinations only a few hours away by air.

One question. Why is there the SKG stopover? Is it a more popular destination?



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19679 times:

Woow, it's the second trip report that mentions SKG. I feel treated Big grin

I really enjoyed in it. You did a very good job and I thank you for sharing your experience and photos with the rest of us. I enjoyed so much.


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1926 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 19651 times:
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Great report and pictures!!

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User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 19505 times:

Thanks for the response, wondered about that because when we have flown in on British Airways, most often we use a jetbridge, but I didn't know if it was cost or time specific because afternoon flights always seem to use the jetbridge, but morning BA flights always seem to go remote. Thanks for your reply and look forward to your next trip.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19419 times:

Quoting Contact Air (Thread starter):
Conclusion: This was my second trip with Olympic Airlines and I have to say that they offer a very good product on European flights: all of my flights were on time, crews are friendly, meal service is above European average, service on the ground is good as well and connecting at ATH is quite convenient as the airport is really modern and nice. I would definitely fly OA again and I am hoping the best for their future.

Agreed!  bigthumbsup 

Great report!
I flew the same ATR-72 as you did last summer on my world trip.
My Olympic Airways segment was Istanbul to Athens on the ATR-72. Two weeks later flew Athens to New York on the there A340.

I love the Santorini pictures. It takes me back to my trip last summer.


My Olympic Airline tickets were mailed to me from Miami, Florida, yet Olympic doesn't fly there.


Did you manage to grab some of these?  Smile




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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 19264 times:

Thanks again for all your replies!

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 14):
One question. Why is there the SKG stopover? Is it a more popular destination?

There are lots of people from Northern Greece who emigrated to Germany and are now living in the region around Stuttgart. These people use the service to SKG frequently to visit relatives and friends. Besides, to a smaller extent, SKG is also a gateway for tourists visiting Northern Greece. So the STR-SKG route is an important market; 4 airlines are serving this route (Olympic, Aegean, TUIfly and Germanwins) with all in all up to 4 daily flights. STR-ATH isn't such a big market; only Olympic and Aegean are proceeding to ATH, also for operational reasons because their aircraft are based at ATH. In the past, some airlines also served STR-ATH non-stop (LH and later Aegean), but both discontinued their service because of low demand. This summer, Germanwings will fly STR-ATH non-stop 4 times weekly; let's see how they will be doing.

Quoting Flyboy7974 (Reply 17):
Thanks for the response, wondered about that because when we have flown in on British Airways, most often we use a jetbridge, but I didn't know if it was cost or time specific because afternoon flights always seem to use the jetbridge, but morning BA flights always seem to go remote. Thanks for your reply and look forward to your next trip.

You are right, until some years ago there used to be a time when the BA morning flight had to use a remote position. This was because of the fact that STR only had one jetbridge position designated for international flights and this was (and still is) blocked by the daily DL service to ATL. (Just a side-note: flights within the European "Schengen"-area, like to France, Spain, Italy and some other countries, are not considered as international flights, but United Kingdom didn't join the Schengen-agreement, so flights to the UK are international.) Now they have created up to two additional jetbridge positions for international flights in the new Terminal 3; one of them is now used by the BA morning flight, so all 3 daily BA services at STR are usually using jetbridges at the moment. Of course it's also a matter of availability; if all jetbridges are blocked, also airlines like LH or BA might have to use remote positions sometimes.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
My Olympic Airways segment was Istanbul to Athens on the ATR-72. Two weeks later flew Athens to New York on the there A340.

Nice pics, thanks for posting!  Smile

Regards

Christoph


User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 19140 times:

yep, you're on the money and guessed it correctly. Whenever we arrive on the midday to late afternoon flight, we always get a jetbridge, but the times we have departed early morning to allow for some extra time in LHR, then it seems the a/c is always remote, so, thanks. You're great!!!

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 18993 times:

Once again a very nice report, Christoph! Your pictures from Santorini have really kindled my interest in visiting Greece sometime next year. Interesting to see the chequered history and interior of OA's B733's - surely a sign of dire financial times with the carrier. If they would be in a healthier condition, flying run-down equipment with non-standardized interior surely would not happen.


Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39834 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 18926 times:

What is with the 'plain wrap' 737s?
What happened to the cheatlines?



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18901 times:

Once more thanks for your comments!

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 21):
Interesting to see the chequered history and interior of OA's B733's - surely a sign of dire financial times with the carrier. If they would be in a healthier condition, flying run-down equipment with non-standardized interior surely would not happen.

I agree with you - the different interiors of OA's B 737-300's are a bit unprofessional for a flag carrier. Although both cabins weren't in a bad shape and the different layouts didn't disturb me at all, the different signs and logos still make every passenger realize that the plane was bought (or leased) second-hand.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 22):
What is with the 'plain wrap' 737s?
What happened to the cheatlines?

Both B 737-300 aircraft are leased from Hola Airlines in Spain and were only painted in basic OA colours and didn't get the full painting. Maybe it isn't sure yet if these plains will stay in the fleet for a longer time.

Christoph


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 18805 times:

Thanks for the excellent TR of my national carrier. It was nice to see. I really do hope that they get rid of the leased AC in time and get long term OA fitted cabin interiors. It really doesnt look good. I always wondered what they looked like inside. Very nice to see the paper ticket, I will miss them when they go and they are due to go next year !!! Nice to see the meal service is still there. It just shows that OA still offers good service and I hope this can continue into the future and that the next few years will see a turn around in profits.

The photos of Thira ( Santorini ) were very good !!! Did you take that one with the Celebrity cruise ship?? I have been on that ship . The photo was amazing. Will look forward to your next TR ....


25 Post contains images ThomasCook : Hey, Great report! I'd love to try Olympic out some day; perhaps I might get a chance to in May when I'm in Kefalonia. I visited Santorini in May 2005
26 OA260 : Very nice !!!! Im homesick looking at those ...lol
27 Post contains images Contact Air : Thanks OA260 and ThomasCook for your kind words! Yes, the paper tickets are a nice feature that remind you of the old days when flying was still somet
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