We've done Air Chance (hoho), who's next? How about Olympic? I've flown with them a few times from London to Sydney with them, once in Economy (92) and later in Business Class (96). Their Economy service was excellent, the food was fab (printed menu, choice of hot main course, smoked salmon on the side) and lots of it, plus when you asked for a drink they gave you two minitures and a big can of mixer. Class! The 747-200s were from TWA, early-build models but in good nick.
The great service made me choose their Business Class (it was pretty cheap), and to my horror the meal was exactly the same as the one I remembered having four years previously in Economy. No personal TVs or anything, and everyone else up front seemed to be travelling free - including a few 90+ year old women in black with plastic bags of fruit. I like the Olympic apron at Hellenikon, they park their planes according to aircraft type, so there was always three or four 747s, a dozen 727s a bit further along, a dozen 737-200s past them, and eight or so A300-B4s. On the other hand, their terminal is a fly-blown relic from the 50s.
They're a state-owned airline, and desperately overmanned - I could never get a jumpseat for landing cos there was always about six guys on the flightdeck, wearing quasi-military/flightcrew uniforms (no ties) and not doing much except smoking lots of fags. Seemed pretty together though, never left late, even at such a far-away station as Sydney, and they do their own maintenance including D-checks and they've never lost a jet in an accident, having operated trans-Atlantic (NYC, YYZ, also ORD?) since the mid 60s and to Aus since 1971, plus all over Europe, Mid East, Tokyo, Bangkok et al.
I'd fly with them again to Aus in Economy, but if it's a cheap business class ticket I'm after I'll take one of Lauda's nice new 777s (apparently their Business Class - sorry, Amadeus Class - is to die for). Any comments?
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