Photo © AviaStar Photography
Flight: A3 350 ATH-JTR
Actual Departure: 05:45
Actual Arrival: 06:21
Flight Duration: 0h, 36m
Did the online check-in the night before, had my boarding pass printed and seat selected. Had a misunderstanding with my transfer to ATH and made it with only 15 minutes before boarding. Breezed through security and made it to my gate, WITHOUT my carry-on. Thankfully it was the first gate after the checkpoint. Got my bag and ran back up to the desk out of breath, the agent smiled and said "relax, you made it!"
When I boarded I was pleasantly surprised by the spotless cabin and the warmth of the crew. I've never seen a flight crew so happy to be at work at 5am. The Recaro leather seats were very comfortable and legroom was above average. The aircraft looked and smelled brand new. After the last customer boarded, one of the flight attendants came through offering each passenger a lemon candy from a wicker basket. Nice touch. I must say that the entire cabin crew was very attractive, very polished and professional.
FA's chatting mid-cabin. Loved the uniform, sleeveless fitted dresses for the ladies.
FA's passing out pre-departure treat.
Had a choice of beverage and a delicious Caramel-Pecan soft cookie. The flight attendants quickly completed service and passed by a second time offering everyone coffee and tea.
Deplaned via airstairs. I complimented the flight attendants on their outstanding service and great airline. Got big smiles and a sincere thank you. That was my best short-haul flight ever.
Hailed a taxi and enjoyed a scenic 25-minute drive from Thira to the village of Oia. Speeding up and down a narrow, winding road on the edge of a cliff was an adventure in itself. The drivers in Greece are nuts, to say the least.
The winding main road on Santorini Island.
Hotel was nice
view from the balcony
View from the breakfast room
Gorgeous view even during a rain shower!
After a couple days in Oia, it was time to get back to Athens. Unfortunately, Check-out time was noon and my flight didn't depart until 11pm. I ended up getting a nice hotel for 50EU near the airport. After a short nap, I spent the rest of the evening soaking up the sun on the beach across the street.
The last supper, Souvlaki.
Flight: OA 561 JTR-ATH
Actual Departure: 22:40
Actual Arrival: 23:35
Flight Duration: 0h, 45m
Registration: SX-BIG, "Homer"
Photo © Spiros Kastamonitis
JTR is a small airport with inadequate seating for the amount of travelers. Whats great about it is the outdoor patio/observation deck.
Love the ATR-72!
Loved the smell of the fumes during boarding.
Take off was loud and fast, just as I remembered. As soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off the FA's jumped up to start service. Had a choice of beverage and a tasty chocolate waffer snack. By the time the cart got up front, we had already started our initial descent. The captain came on and gave a very long but touching speech about the legacy of Olympic Airlines. He thanked us for supporting them for the last 50 years and said it would be their very last flight with Olympic.
Smooth touchdown. I complimented the crew and wished them well, they were visibly sad. All the hotels were booked so I ended up laying over at AIA for 10 hours. A cool thing about AIA is the music being pumped through the speakers. A mixture of hits from the last few decades.
Olympic Air signage being set up overnight for the new launch
Overlooking the ticketing hall
View from my 'bed' for the night...the cold floor
Hope you enjoyed. Comments welcome. Next will be the trip home, ATH-DUS-JFK.
[Edited 2009-09-30 13:31:53]