PanAmerican
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FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:14 am

Hi,
I am planning a short weekend trip to ATH and would like your opinions on this:
- Olympic is 199 Euros, but flight times are not so good and no FF-miles.
- Alitalia is 255 Euros with 50 mins connecting time in FCO.
- Lufthansa is 280 Euros with 35 mins connecting time in MUC, but has the best flight times.

What do you think would be worth the money? I am asking because so far I only know LH of these three and would like your opinion. How is AZ or OA?
I'd like to try out AZ I think but I'm afraid they'll be late and I will miss my connection in Rome... That would really ruin my trip. How is their on time record?

Also, if anybody knows any better fares for FRA-ATH, let me know  Big thumbs up

Thanks.
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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:27 am

HI,

did you also consider flying A3 (Aegean Air) ? I flew with them MUC-ATH-MUC and have to say that they are great. cheaper rates than the others and excellent ervice. check it out www.aegeanair.com. just made a quick check for FRA-ATH-FRA and a price over a weekend in february came up with 138,- euro.

otherwise i would give alitalia a try.
LH means consistent but not the best service on the flight, but i will fly MUC-ATH-MUC with them in March on an award ticket.
never tried OA though.

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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:39 am

Problem with A3 (and also OA) is that they leave Athens in the morning back to FRA. So that is actually out of the question since I am going on a Thursday night and coming back on a sunday, I want to leave on sunday evening so A3 won't fly at that time. But you're right, pricewise they seem to be good.
However, also no FF miles on any of the big ones...
On AZ and LH I could at least get Delta Skymiles or LH Miles&More in which I both actively participate...

All these flights I suggested arrive very late in ATH, AZ arrives at 0025. Do you think it is a problem getting to town at that time? I've never been to Athens before...

Thanks for the tips.

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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:03 am

Hi PanAmerican,
I have been flying TXL-ATH last spring with OA and enjoyed the flight very much, friendly service and nice atmosphere. Only the 734 looked a bit worn.

Athens is great now, but still a bit chaotic.

Furthermore, the nicest place to be in Athens is the Plaka, the region between Synthagma place and the acropolis. Make sure to get a hotel there or near to the acropolis.

You can find more information about the airport and public transport at

http://www.aia.gr/EN/default.asp (The airport)

http://www.aia.gr/EN/passenger_information/transportation&parking/images/airport.jpg
(information about public transport)

and about the new Subway (very nice)

http://www.ametro.gr/

In spring, we had to go to the Airport by bus. AFAIK, they have build a metro line OR a railway connection to the airport for the Olympic Games. You can find it out and post here how it went.

You can take a taxi in any case, the price is EUR 20 if I remeber correctly (that's okay for a one-hour drive).

Enjoy your time in Athens, and chose the flight that gives you the longest time in Greece.

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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:52 pm

Hey, its really no problem to get into the city after midnight. the train leaves right at the airport and is all night long. so no worries there.

there are quite a few airlines, which arrive at a similar time, so dont expect the airport empty.

athens is a city that is always alive, even in the night. a city that never sleeps

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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:41 am

I would go for LH!.....Good Service, Reliable aircraft...Best In airline in rebooking passengers, when you missconnect or otherwise!
Again fly LUFTHANSA!

Regards,
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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:12 am

Thanks for your help people. Especially those links were of good use...
We finally booked now and decided to give Alitalia a try. I've flown LH quite often, so AZ will hopefully be a nice change from that.
We'll fly:

FRA-FCO on an A319 on a thursday night;
FCO-ATH on an MD-80, arriving at 0025, but thanks to your help I have seen that there are buses running all night long  Smile Metro only runs till midnight.
ATH-FCO on an MD-80 leaving at 1915, which is great as we will still have the entire sunday;
FCO-FRA on an ERJ-170 arriving at 2315 in FRA.

so that is a good mix of aircraft. Now I'll only have to see if they are on time and if we'll be able to make the connection.
The good thing is that I will be able to collect some DL SkyMiles.

Well, we are excited to go and are really looking forward to spend an extended weekend in Athens, and it is also our first time in Greece and our first vacation since a year or so!
Let's hope the weather will be ok Big grin We'll be staying in a youth hostel downtown, that is always fun.
Thanks for the advice again. If you have any further tips for must-see sights other than the usual stuff please let me know!
Maybe I'll post a trip report about the flights soon.

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RE: FRA-ATH-FRA: OA, AZ Or LH?

Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:44 am

AZ are great. Recommended. I made a 40min connection through MXP with my luggage making it too. Their MD80s are great and a good change from the Airbuses & Boeings.
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