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Axis (of Evil?) Olympic STR-SKG-ATH, With Pics  
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14266 times:

This week my company sent me on a short business trip to Athens. The flights were booked on Olympic. But as OA seem to have insufficient aircraft at the moment, probably due to the retirement of the B717s, they are currently wetleasing additional aircraft. Just like in my case, where both flights were operated by French charter airline Axis Airlines. And regarding the title of this report, don't get me wrong - the flights were excellent. It was just that some Greek passengers were unhappy not to fly on an Olympic aircraft, but apart from those emotional criteria, Axis was really not bad at all.

STR-SKG-ATH
OA192
Scheduled departure: 13:00
Actual departure: 13:13/13:20
Scheduled arrival: 17:45
Actual arrival: 17:35/17:40
B737-300(QC)
F-GIXG
Seat: 21A
Number of passengers: STR-SKG 35, SKG-ATH about 70

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This aircraft was built and delivered to TAP in 1989, then converted to a QuickChange and sold to L'Aeropostale. In 2002, it became afaik the first aircraft in Axis' fleet.

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I arrived at STR around noon and checked in at one of the three Olympic counters in Terminal 3. No queue here of course, as there would be only 35 passengers on this flight today. I asked for a window seat in the rear part of the cabin and got seat 21A. Apparently the check-in system couldn't find a seatchart for this unusual aircraft, so the boarding passes were printed as "free seating", and a sticker with the seat number was then put on the boarding card - please also notice the old-style carbon paper ticket:



The seatchart of F-GIXG:
http://web.lerelaisinternet.com/Axis.../stories/plaquettesavions/ccxg.pdf

I went through security to gate 316, where I saw our aircraft arriving at the jetway at 12:30. Boarding started by 12:55. In front of the cabin door, a variety of German, Greek and English newspapers were offered. One of the three female f/as checked each passenger's boarding pass receipt.
It was then that I noticed that this is a QC aircraft: you actually walk a small ramp up to get into the cabin (about 5cm), because the floor construction is a bit higher than on "normal" 737s. This also means that the windows appear to be lower, simply because you sit higher in the cabin. It's a feeling a bit like flying on a CRJ Big grin
The aircraft was equipped with 147 grey leather seats. The cabin clearly showed it's age, yet it was clean and in good condition, so there's nothing to complain about. The seats had the Olympic Airlines headrest covers, but signs in the cabin made it clear that this is an Axis aircraft:




Axis safety card and sickbag:


Only 35 passengers on this flight (14 of them flying all the way to ATH), so one would have thought that there's space enough. But a mother with infant changed her seat to 21D, E and F(!), with the grandmother changing her seat to 21C, and 21B was used as a stowage for the dozens of newspapers. The infant didn't scream at all - but the loud conversation between mother (21F) and grandmother (21C) throughout the whole flight was really annoying. I seriously thought about changing my seat.

Of course the crew didn't speak any German or Greek, but even their English had such a strong French accent that their announcements were really hard to understand. In addition to that, they were giggling throughout the safety announcement, so this was a bit unprofessional.

We pushed back and took off from runway 07:


The city of Esslingen, with the River Neckar:




This might be the city on Ulm, but I'm not sure:


MUC:


The city of Munich:


Nothing more to tell about the routing, as it became overcast soon. The crew started their inflight service. And yes, it's true what people say about Olympic: their catering is far above average! Here:s the meal, consisting of fish (eel), ham and bacon. Hidden below all that, there was cold pasta, potato salad and some salad. Then a greek salad with cucumber and greek cheese, a roll, and for dessert a pice of "blackforest cherry cake". In case you ever wondered if you get metal cutlery or plastic - please note that you actually get BOTH:


I asked for a coke, but the f/a apologized, she only had Pepsi. Great, as I prefer Pepsi over Coke anyway.

Once again a word about the crew: They were definitely all very kind and friendly, and you really can't blame them for their lack of German or Greek language skills. But their lack of professionallity was shown once again after the meal service was finished, when two f/as attached a sticker "Property of Axis Airways - Do not offload" to the back of the third f/a, and then hysterically laughed as she was passing through the cabin. I mean, you simply wouldn't see that on a LH or BA flight, and certainly not on OA either.

After two hours, we were landing for our stopover at SKG:






An ex-Malev Tu-154, which was demaged beyond repair during a landing accident in 2001:


The crew made their announcement: "Welcome... hihi... to... err... Saloniki, hihi... it is now... 15 o'clock 10 local time". In fact it was 16:10 local...

The SKG passengers were bussed to the terminal, the ATH passengers stayed on board. A cleaning group arrived, but was sent away again, there was indeed no need for transit cleaning, so the flight attendants just collected the old newspapers.

After twenty minutes, the new passengers arrived for this domestic flight to ATH. While STR had changed the free seating to manually assigned seating, SKG had kept this flight free seating. But with only 70 pax total, and the Greek's preference of sitting in the front rows, I had a row for myself from now on.

MAPjet MD-83, also operating for OA:


Airport overview:






Somewhere over the Aegean Sea:


Only beverage service on this short 35 minutes flight, I had a 7up. Then we started our approach, but unfortunately I was told by the f/a that I no longer may take any photos during approach, as all electronic devices have to be switched off. What a pity, as we had quite a spectacular approach over the city of Athens (which is huge!), then out over the sea were we made a steep 180° turn, extended the spoilers and then approached with the nose down - once again, it was just like flying on a CRJ Big grin



Final approach - Finaval B742, Maersk B762, Air Universal B742:


The terminal:


Deboarding:




A bus brought us to the arrival hall, where my bag arrived 25 minutes after on-block. As the others of our group had arrived already around noon, I didn't spend too much time exploring the airport, but instead took a bus to the hotel as soon as possible. According to the information desk, the X96 bus would take me straight to my hotel in Vouligmeni, 3,20EUR. However, the bus driver told me that he doesn't serve this area directly. He told me when to leave the bus, then I walked the remaining 2km to the hotel.

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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14258 times:

The Armonia Hotel:




The beach, in the early morning hours of the next day:




The hotel was really nice, the only disadvantage being the location in Vouligmeni, in the far south of Athens: far away from the office where the meetings were held, and too far away from the city of Athens, so I decided to leave the city of Athens unvisited - there wasn't much time for that anyway.
One thing I'd like to mention is that Greece is actually much more organized than I had expected: the Greeks speak English very well (even the bus drivers), they keep their appointments, road signs are written in Greek and English (well at least in Athens). I got quite a positive impression during my short stay there.

After two nights, it was already time to fly back. 9:15 departure meant getting up early, so this time I decided to take a taxi to the airport.

ATH-SKG-STR
OA191
Scheduled departure: 09:15
Actual departure: 09:38/09:50
Scheduled arrival: 12:10
Actual arrival: 12:33/12:38
B737-300QC
F-GIXG
Seat: 27F (later 20A)
Number of passengers: about 80 on each of the segments

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User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 881 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14249 times:

Nice TR. Pity about not being able to fly OA, but Axis Airlines seem to be a nice airline.

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14240 times:

I arrived at the airport at 07:30. The OA check-in arrangement was a bit confusing for me: I had the choice between "Olympic: Economy Class", "Olympic: National/International" and "Olympic: all flights". I took the shortest of the three queues (can't remember which) and after less than five minutes I was at the counter. I asked for a window seat as far in the rear as possible, and got 27F, very last row, nice.
Now I had time enough to explore the airport. From the McDonalds on top of the terminal, you get a view over the jetway positions. Walking outside the terminal, you can see the aircraft on the remote parking positions. Here's a photo of the check-in - taken after my landing at Athens two days before:


I went through security to my gate B21, again a bus gate. Boarding started at 08:45, as printed on my boading card. But then we had to wait for 25 minutes inside the bus before it was sent away. This was later explained to us by the captain due to "some missing paperwork". Boarding through the front door of just the same aircraft that had brought me to ATH. However it was a different crew on this flight, one male and two female f/as, who spoke a far better English and gave an overall more professional appearance.

The cabin filled up, and as I had expected, most passengers were sitting in the front rows, 27D and 27E remained empty. Engines were started and we rolled towards the runway.

Aegean RJ100, MAPjet MD-83, Olympic B737-400, Air Transat A330, and in the background a Delta B767 and an Olympic A340:


The tower, Olympic A340, Air Mediterranée A320 and A321:


Lufthansa (well, sort of) B747, Thai B777, and in the background Olympic B737-200 training aircraft SX-BCL:


Air Universal B747, Russian State Transport IL-62 and Tu-154:


SkyExpress/Finaval B747:


Airborne:






Cabin service on this 30-minutes-hop was limited to water - which was served on a Jetsgo tray! I really wonder how this tray found its way to Axis/Olympic! Inspired by this, I had a closer look into the galley, which was just behind me. But all catering trolleys were from Olympic, except one which had Axon airlines written on it. Yes, Axon (not Axis), the greek charter carrier from five years ago.

Landing at SKG:


An announcement was made that all passengers for STR should stay on board. When all SKG-passengers had left, the crew counted the remaining passengers. They counted 40. They counted again. And again. Still only 40 - apparently they needed 41, so one passenger for STR had left. An Olympic agent came through the cabin and checked each passenger's boarding card receipt and passport, in order to find out who's missing. This took some time, resulting in a slightly longer groundtime than scheduled. When the error was fixed, the new passengers arrived, and off we were to STR.

Take-off - once again with the Malev Tu-154:


The city of Saloniki:


After take-off, the crew asked me politely if I'd mind changing my seat - they would like to have the last row as a crew rest. The flight wasn't full anyway, so I didn't mind and changed to 20A.

The meal was served - and be sure, once again a fish meal. Salmon, a sort of greek Sushi, pasta with tuna, tomato, salad, roll. A salad with red beans and dressing. For dessert a piece of chocolate cake. Once again very delicious:


I won't write much about this flight, as there was basically not much to tell. Just two airports that I couldn't identify so far - maybe someone can help?

Somewhere over Yogolavia/Italy/Austria:


Somewhere over Germany:


Approach into STR runway 07 was going through a thunderstorm, so it was quite a bit bumby. Arrival at the jetway at 12:38, only a short way to the baggage reclaim, and ten minutes after landing I had my bag - very fast!

This is the end of my Olympic/Axis report. I enjoyed the Olympic service very much, far above average. From STR, you have the choice between Olympic, Aegean, Germanwings and TUIfly, and though I haven't flown Aegean yet, I dare to say that Olympic is certainly the best out of these four. Regarding Axis, they were certainly also quite alright, even though the crew on STR-ATH appeared a bit unprofessional. Anyway, from an enthusiast's point of view, this equipment change was certainly something interesting.

I hope you enjoyed reading my report, and I would of course like to hear your feedback, questions, etc. Best regards so far, Alex.


User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 14222 times:

OA certainly gives a good impression, let us hope that they will keep flying into STR - with such light loads...
Anyways, it seems, making money never was OA's most important task  Wink


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 14195 times:

Hi!

I really enjoyed your trip report. I didn't knew that OA flew out from STR...but flying with Axis is really unusual. Did you knew that you might not fly an OA airplane? Because, well, I would be quite surprised to be in my gate waiting for an OA airplane and suddenly see an Axis one!!! So you flew an ex: TAP 737-382, CS-TIA, I miss the times were TAP had a lot of Boeings, I like the Airbuses too but it's always nice to see once a while a picture of an old TAP Boeing. The service looked awesome and the route you got it's also very interesting. So you fly east and then south, crossing most of Greece on your way to ATH, very interesting indeed.
Good show and good pictures.
Regards


User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14132 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing! I always love to fly "operated by..." flights, as this is always something unusual. I will fly TUIFly operated by XL Airways Gemany in a few weeks to AYT and I'm really looking forward to that.
I went to Athens a few months ago, and inded - everything is well organized and people are so friendly and helpful, I was impressed.


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14132 times:

Very nice and informative trip report, Alex! Thank you for posting it here.  Smile

OA seems to be the sort of carrier, which is (to the surprise of many) quite alright if everything goes well with their operations, but once something screws up, you are left wondering what to do.

Thank you also for posting some pictures from SKG - I will be flying to Thessaloniki for one day next Friday, so I now have a first impression of what to expect here.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13948 times:
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Hi Alex, Another excellent report, many thanks.

Did you know prior to the flight that Axis would be operating the service?

The OA food in 'Y' always looks good and more substantial than most other carriers 'Y' offerings, however the they seem to offer too many fish based meals for my liking, I'm not a great fish lover  Sad

Salonik looks huge, I never realised how big this place was.

Anyway, thanks again and I might just have to visit for a days spotting at Mcdonalds  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13923 times:

Hi Alex,

very interesting report and really great pics that reminded me of my two flights on OA on the same route last year and the year before. You are right, OA's catering is really outstanding.

On the one hand you were really lucky to get such a rare airline as Axis Airways on your flights - on the other hand, is's a pity that you didn't experience the "original" OA service with OA crews at least on one of your two flights.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
But their lack of professionallity was shown once again after the meal service was finished, when two f/as attached a sticker "Property of Axis Airways - Do not offload" to the back of the third f/a, and then hysterically laughed as she was passing through the cabin. I mean, you simply wouldn't see that on a LH or BA flight, and certainly not on OA either.

I agree. While you can do any fun with your colleagues when there are no customers present, you should retain a certain professionality while you are facing your customers.

By the way: Does your last picture before landing at ATH show the old airport of Athens, Hellinikon? Really fascinating picture!

The hotel and the beach look nice - I like the area South of Athens with the beaches, although it is really quite far away from the city.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13851 times:

Alex very nice reports and good pictures to go with it! Thanks for sharing.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
a sort of greek Sushi

That'll be dolmades.  Wink Its vine leaves stuffed usually with rice, nuts, herbs and seasonings.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
In addition to that, they were giggling throughout the safety announcement, so this was a bit unprofessional



Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
But their lack of professionallity was shown once again after the meal service was finished, when two f/as attached a sticker "Property of Axis Airways - Do not offload" to the back of the third f/a, and then hysterically laughed as she was passing through the cabin. I mean, you simply wouldn't see that on a LH or BA flight, and certainly not on OA either.

Indeed this is very unprofessional. Especially considering that the airline was operating on behalf of another airline you just don't do that sort of thing.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):
Does your last picture before landing at ATH show the old airport of Athens, Hellinikon? Really fascinating picture!

Indeed it is LGAT Athens Hellinikon.

Interesting to see that the MapJet MD83 is flying for OA too. That was flying for GSM out of EDI not too long ago. Anyone else know what other aircraft/airlines are being used by OA to cover aircraft shortages?

Nick



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27337 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13588 times:

Hi there thanks for a great TR , nice that you liked OA. I just wish it had been on a real OA plane. I have to say I wouldnt like to buy a ticket on OA and then get a foreign airline. Im half Greek and can understand why the Greeks didnt like it , we are very funny when it comes to things like that. Also no OA crew would also put me off. It should be advised that the flight is operated on behalf of OA by non OA crew.

Anyway Im really glad you liked your trip and Athens. It is a city that has come up in recent years and is now a nice city to visit. English is taught at schools from a very early age now aswell as French and German which is essential these days in a tourist reliant country.

I like the old style OA tickets, but these will go in the next 12 months to comply with IATA rules when all airlines have to be E ticket compliant (apparantly). The food thank god is still one thing that sets OA apart from other EU airlines but for how long this will last who knows.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Salonik looks huge, I never realised how big this place was.

Yes its Greece's 2nd capital and is a lovely city. Try to spot the ''lefkos Pyrgos'' (White Tower) as you fly in on the left hand side of the aircraft.

Thanks again

OA260


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13514 times:

Hi, Alex,
just returned from BRU a few hours ago, ontime to read your interesting OA by Axis report.
From the enthusiasts point of view, nothing better than an operated by flight, sure not the thing that "standard"
passengers like that much.
You missed an exciting city there at Athens. I was also surprised, when I was there the last time how organized
for example the subway system was.
What about your further travels, will we read another story shortly?.
Thanx for posting and best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13182 times:

Thanks to everybody for your replies so far!

Regarding the information about the flight being operated by Axis: of course the passengers were not informed before, as routes of the wet-leased aircraft change last-minute. At the day of departure, signs at the check-in counters informed about today's flight being operated by Axis, and it also mentioned the aircraft type B737-300.

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 4):
OA certainly gives a good impression, let us hope that they will keep flying into STR - with such light loads...
Anyways, it seems, making money never was OA's most important task

LOL, that's funny, because it's true. STR has been cut down to five flights per week already. I really hope they keep flying to STR, there are a lot of Greeks living here, who are quite proud of their national airline. Unfortunately the SKG-route sees seasonal change of demand, with high loads at christmas, easter, pentecost, summer holidays, etc. - but light loads between all these events.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 7):

OA seems to be the sort of carrier, which is (to the surprise of many) quite alright if everything goes well with their operations, but once something screws up, you are left wondering what to do.

Well, as everything went well in my case, I don't know what happens when something screws up on OA. But having the choice between OA, A3, X3 and 4U, I really think OA would still be the most helpful airline out of these four once something goes wrong.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
The OA food in 'Y' always looks good and more substantial than most other carriers 'Y' offerings, however the they seem to offer too many fish based meals for my liking, I'm not a great fish lover

Yes, I was also surprised to see so much fish. The only choice to avoid this would be to order a vegetarien meal. At least people who like eating fish have no need to specially order a seafood meal on OA Big grin

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 9):

By the way: Does your last picture before landing at ATH show the old airport of Athens, Hellinikon?

Yes that's indeed the old airport, I couldn't help, I had to take this photo, even though the f/a had told me five seconds before to switch off my camera.

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 10):
That'll be dolmades.

Thank you. Never heard of it before, but it tasted delicious!

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 10):
Anyone else know what other aircraft/airlines are being used by OA to cover aircraft shortages?

This might change from day to day, but as far as I know, it's one Smartwings B737-500, one TravelService B737-800 and I've been told even a HellasJet A320.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
I have to say I wouldnt like to buy a ticket on OA and then get a foreign airline. Im half Greek and can understand why the Greeks didnt like it

That's funny, the Greek passengers really didn't like it, they would have preferred OA, whereas the Germans didn't seem to care as long as it's an airline from France and not from some banana republic.

Thanks again to everybody and regards, Alex.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27337 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13000 times:

That photo of Hellinikon didnt load for me last time!! What an amazing photo. That brings back memories. I used to fly into there all the time as a kid. Usually as unaccompanied minor when we were sent to the family every school holiday. The two white buildings on the left of the photo nearest the sea are the old Olympic Domestic(left) and International ( right) Terminals. It was a very basic airport but still holds a special place in my heart as I grew up with it.

User currently offlineSpootter10 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 12788 times:

Thanks Alex for this great Trip Report!
Always nice to see reports from my home airport.
I´d like to correct you on one of the pictures you took:
It´s not the city of Ulm, but "Donauwoerth" at the beginning of your trip report. So it seems your routing towards SKG first led you in a slightly north direction if you take a look at a map.
Thanks again for this report!


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1725 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 12693 times:

Hi Alex,

Thanks for a great Trip Report! I really enjoyed reading your experiences on Axis, they look better than I expected on forehand!
Also great pics included!

Gruss,
Joost



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 12672 times:

Once again a very interesting read. I have to be honest, I don't think I'd have been too happy with the aircraft change!

I agree with the comments regarding the professionality of the crew, it doesn't really inspire much confidence, You then begin to wonder what would happen if there was an emergency. Yet I find it funny that they told you to turn your camera off - seems to go from one extreme to the other.

And the meals looked very impressive. Nice to see such service.

Thanks for posting
Greetings
Infodesk  spin 



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12496 times:

Thanks again for your replies!

Quoting Spootter10 (Reply 15):
It´s not the city of Ulm, but "Donauwoerth" at the beginning of your trip report.

Interesting, thank you. I only saw a river, which could only be the river Donau / Danube. Knowing that we also flew over MUC, I thought Ulm would be a good guess. But apparently we were flying a more northern route than I thought. Does Donauwörth have a small airport/airfield? I think I can see one in my pic.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
I have to be honest, I don't think I'd have been too happy with the aircraft change!

And I would have been most happy if I had OA on one flight and Axis on the other, so that in the end I would be able to compare them.

Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12421 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
That photo of Hellinikon didnt load for me last time!! What an amazing photo. That brings back memories. I used to fly into there all the time as a kid. Usually as unaccompanied minor when we were sent to the family every school holiday. The two white buildings on the left of the photo nearest the sea are the old Olympic Domestic(left) and International ( right) Terminals. It was a very basic airport but still holds a special place in my heart as I grew up with it.

OA260 I think we had the exact same sort of upbringing - I used to travel all the time as an Unaccompanied Minor to Athens every school holiday and have a lot of very fond memories of Hellinikon. Remember the OA domestic terminal with the Dornier 228's and ATRs parked outside and the golf course right underneath 33R. My old school used to overlook the whole of the airport - was amazing.

Nick



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 12336 times:

OMG, the OA Do228, that's soo cool! This would have been a nice ride to one of the islands. Those days are gone, what a pity.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
What about your further travels, will we read another story shortly?

Expect an Emirates MUC-DXB-MUC report later this month. Apart from that, nothing else in the foreseeable future.

Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineJumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12149 times:

Alex,

Your Axis Trip rep remembers me a bit on ...... I am quite sure you know what I like to say  Smile

By the way - excellent trip report.

I have to admit, I was too lazy to write one on nor on my DXB, neither on on by VRA flights last December and not to mention on the European flights, including Heli Air Monaco, which I can highly recommend to anybody who has the chance to fly with them, I had so far.

Maybe I will give AF DUS-CDG-CCS-CDG-DUS a chance, that you can share it with me  Wink

Cheers,
Jumbolino.



Kind Regards, Jutta.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27337 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 11921 times:

Quoting GCDEG (Reply 19):
OA260 I think we had the exact same sort of upbringing - I used to travel all the time as an Unaccompanied Minor to Athens every school holiday and have a lot of very fond memories of Hellinikon. Remember the OA domestic terminal with the Dornier 228's and ATRs parked outside and the golf course right underneath 33R. My old school used to overlook the whole of the airport - was amazing.

Nick

Yeah sounds very similar. Great memories and great child hood . Those were the days!!!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6944 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11850 times:

Hi Alex,

very entertaining report with nice pictures. Indeed a surprise to get Axis, but one reg for four flights - what a nightmare!  Wink

The catering is impressing, looks and sounds better than the stuff some airlines serve on longhaul flights...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11700 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Indeed a surprise to get Axis, but one reg for four flights - what a nightmare!

LOL, I guess there actually is something worse than flying the same registration twice - and that would be flying the same registration four times Big grin Anyway, I didn't mind too much about that.


25 AirNick : Fantastic trip report - Excellent photo's! Catering looks good - Just a shame the F/A's spoilt it by being sightly immature - Oh well! Well done anywa
26 Ndebele : Hi Nick and thanks for your reply! To anyone who is interested: The Axis B737-300 is no longer flying for Olympic and has been replaced by a Blue Pano
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