BAtripleseven
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Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:10 am

I think Olympic should have gotten Boeing 777's or Boeing 747-400's. I heard they were going to get the 747-400 but was forced to get the a340. Anyone have any comments or information?
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:11 am

Why do you think they should have gone for the 777 or 744?
 
BAtripleseven
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:15 am

mainly because i think they would be better for olympic. 747 holds more passengers and i heard from a pilot that he would rather have them also.
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:25 am

747 holds more passengers

Which is precisely why they DIDN'T buy them. More capacity is only good if you can fill it in a profitable way.

and i heard from a pilot that he would rather have them also.

Airlines don't buy planes because one of their pilots likes it over the competition...
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:28 am

The A340 works fine now for OA. OA's livery on an A340 looks amazing! For sure the best plane/airline livery combo.
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BAtripleseven
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:33 am

I never said that airlines buy plains because of one of their pilots. i just said what i heard. And yes the A340 looks amazing and works well with OA. Im just saying i would rather see them with 777 or 744.
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:08 am

I flew one of Olympic's A340's from JFK to Athens. Beautiful airplane with a very professional crew and a high standard of inflight service. I was impressed.
 
BAtripleseven
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:17 am

yea olympic is a very good airline. I think it should be in an alliance....
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 3:03 am

I think Olympic should have gotten Boeing 777's or Boeing 747-400's. I heard they were going to get the 747-400 but was forced to get the a340. Anyone have any comments or information?

...Forced to get the A340? Where these magic forces 'been sleeping when OA was ordering the 734 and the 738 and the 73G etc etc... and did not 'force' them to get the A320?

Where these magic forces 'been sleeping when they should have just stopped flying and stop robbing the GR taxpayer money to feed their unionized 'labor' force?

Where these magic forces 'been sleeping when OA did not bother to provide an aircraft for the Olympic Torch Relay and let ...Air Atlantic to have the honor to do so?

Too bad they' ve been sleeping a lot lately...

George


 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Fri Dec 24, 2004 5:55 am

The A340, as well as the A330 line is well suited for OA's diminutive network. As are the 737's (both old and soon to be new). The 747-400 is just TOO much for the airline AND for ATH (hence why DL sends a 763 instead of a 777 over there). The A340 is about the biggest plane that you could fill up on the route between JFK/NYC and ATH, IMHO. I was talking to several friends in Delta-land in ATL about the ATH flight from JFK and they said theyd rather have the 777, but the loads just arent there, even in the summer, and neither is the aircraft, since DL has such a small fleet of 777's. I do have a model of an OA 744 though, its not bad, but it does look a bit overfed, lol.  Big thumbs up Must be the tzatziki...
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sat Dec 25, 2004 9:58 am

Yanno...I'm gettin REAL tired of my misspellings... Laugh out loudD
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:17 pm

When did OA order 737NG's? Also, how many, what type(s), and when are they to be delivered? Thanks to all who answer the questions.
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Dec 26, 2004 4:11 am

OA in an alliance....with their crappy A300s and 737s and their pathetic hub in Athens (the airport rocks, but OA....) plus that they couldnt afford joning in one right now.
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Dec 26, 2004 7:39 pm

Crappy A300s ? Athens Airport a " Pathetic hub" ? Have you ever flown the crappy A300s or ever been to Athens E. Venizelos - the current airport, which opened in 2001 and already won some awards as one of Europe's bests?
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Mon Dec 27, 2004 1:11 am

I recently got off of one of OA's A300's (FCO-ATH, equipment change), and they weren't all that crappy. I found it a LOT better than the 737-400 I was on later the same day. I can hardly call Athens a crappy hub for OA, granted, they need to vamp things up, but, its not for lack of trying. If OA could possibly join OneWorld one day, that would be nice, since they have agreements with American Airlines, Iberia and British Airways anyways. Does anyone know just when the new planes are due to arrive in ATH?
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Mon Dec 27, 2004 3:04 am

Olympicbis; My post clearly states "THE AIRPORT ROCKS" and I was there in August 2001. And yes, the A300s are crappy and outdated.
 
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:08 am

How many 340 does OA have? I have heard, that they MIGHT sell two of them to another airline. But nothing confirmed yet ...
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:12 am

OA have 4 343's in service.
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:23 am

Swissgabe, you wouldn't, by any chance, be referring to the A340-rumor involving SW?
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:26 am

Leskova
No, not about SW, another carrier I might mention later ...
Does Air Namibia still look for 330/340s?
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:09 am

Well, regarding SW I've heard just about everything from they've already signed a contract up to they've lost interest - so it seems to be "business as usual" for SW in that regard...

Unfortunately, none of my former good contacts still seem to work for SW, so I cannot get any inside views from them any more... too bad...

Without getting into details about the airline: would this be an existing or a new operator of the type?
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:15 am

If not mistaken, the airline already operates 340s ...

to bad about Air Namibia. But their MD-11 looks just great. They should keep it, at least as long as I have flown on it ...
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 11:41 am

Anyone have any idea if/when the new 737NGs are coming?
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RE: Olympic Airways A340

Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:13 pm

Anyone have any idea if/when the new 737NGs are coming?

The latest info suggests used 733/734's will join the fleet. There are plenty on the used market at prices which make them highly desirable cash strapped OA.
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