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Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:31 am

Video Reports of this leg of the trip
 
Aegean Air - London to Santorini and Athens - Airbus A320-200
 

Hello A’netters. Hope you are doing well. Hope you had a good break for Christmas and the new years and looking forward to 2016 with vigor and optimism.

My wife and I explored a few Greek islands and Cyprus during our break, and that is what the below trip report is based on.

I shall be splitting the reports into 3 parts:

Part 1: Aegean airlines from London Heathrow to Santorini, via Athens and then back to Athens (Economy)
Part 2: Blue air from Athens to Larnaca (Economy)
Part 3: Larnaca to London on BA (Club Europe)
 
Thanks to GCMaps for the map illustrations below:

Entire trip
http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=lgw-ath-jtr-ath-lca-lhr&MS=bm&MR=180&MX=720x360&PM=*

 This part of the trip Report
http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=lgw-ath-jtr-ath&MS=bm&MR=180&MX=720x360&PM=*

Stats (Since 2010, when I started maintaining my flight reports):
 
1st time on Aegean Airlines, 14th time on Airbus A320-200 
 
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Aegean Airways – A3 607 – LGW (S) - ATH
 
Flight Reg: SX-DNA; Delivered to Aegean air from alafco leasing on June 2015. 6 month old when taking the flight
Airbus A320
Seat 7F
Flight time: 11:30 – 17:10 (11:38 - 16:45 )
25th December 2015

 

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Photo © Gerry Stegmeier

Aegean Airways – A3 360 – ATH - JTR
 
Flight Reg: SX-DVJ ; Delivered to Aegean on Jan 2008; leased from AerCap.
An incident occurred (hydraulics failure) on to aircraft on the 10th November. http://avherald.com/h?search_term=Sx...0&dosearch=1&search.x=0&search.y=0
Airbus A320
Seat 2A
Flight time: 19:00 – 19:45 (18:53 - 19:29)
25th December 2015
Price : £300 for 2 passengers including tax and check in luggage

 

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Booking Process, website usability and online check in

We chose this airline due to the cost, but more importantly the timing of the flight. The booking process using Aegean's website was simple enough and definitely one of the more easier websites to navigate. Although Aegean did have a flaw in the end. When I had printed out my ticket, it said that I was entitled for 2 pieces of paid baggage whereas I had only paid for 1. After speaking to an Aegean Agent ,the person confirmed that this was a flaw and they were looking into rectifying it.

The week before checking the manage my booking section and it seemed to have been corrected.

Online check in for Aegean air opens 48 hours before departure date/time, upto 30 minutes before departure. Online check in was a breeze and got to select the seats of my choice, and 5 minutes later, meals chosen, passport details entered, we were all checked in and boarding passes sent to our mobile. Slick.

Airport service / checking in / Lounge

Gatwick airport looked very festive. Check in was a breeze. Aegean were strict with the baggage. Every hand baggage was strictly weighed and the weight restriction adhered to. That being said the lady in front of me somehow managed to negotiate a massive rucksack and I would be surprised if it would fit in the overhead locker. For us they even agreed to check in another hand luggage of ours for free. Fantastic! A very professional and courteous service.

Christmassy Gatwick
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Self-check in - easy and seamless - bish, bosh, nosh
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Checkin desks for Aegean at Gatwick
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Departure time, Off we go
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Busy for a Christmas day at Gatwick
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Continuing the Christmas theme at Gatwick
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From Antalya to tangier - we go everywhere
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Plane spotting opportunity at Gatwick

A 4 year old Virgin A330-330, named 'Beauty Queen'
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A cocktail of airlines at Gatwick South
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Off to Minsk
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Bye Bye Titan Airways
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Turkish brothers in arms
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There comes our ride from Athens - SX-DNA, a 6 month old A320-200 with Sharklets/Winglets
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Boarding Process

The aircraft from Athens arrived on time. Aegean give their a320 an hour for turnaround. So we should be having an on time flight.

Boarding commenced on time. But it was a full flight. There were a lot of bags that were checked in at the gates.

Up close and personal
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Boarding time
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First impressions/Hard product/Aircraft Interiors

The aircraft, being new, no surprises that it looked and felt brand new. I like the interiors, neutral and minimalist. The cabin crew did look a bit overwhelmed with the flight being full and a lot of hand luggage.

On board SX-DNA
Our seats - row 7
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Fantastic leg space - extremely generous
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Reading paraphernalia
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Seating/Bed

Very comfortable seating. And extremely generous leg space too. Should be comfortable for a 4-5 hour flight.

Cabin Crew/Captain announcements

The announcement from the cockpit was a bit hurried and inaudible. I did hear the captain say a flight time of around 3 hours, which is much lesser than the advertised time of 3 hr 50 minutes. Besides that, the cabin crew seemed quite inept with their English language skills. I definitely don't look Greek, and I was kept being spoken to in Greek. That being said, they were quite cheerful and being asked to work on Christmas day, that too on a full flight they need to be cut some slack.

Food was served followed the drinks round. At the end, there was a delay in collecting the trays though. Since there was a delay, there were quite a few people trying to be contortionist during their trip to the toilet with the tray table in front of them. Me being one of them.

Neighbours at Gatwick
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Safety time
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Take off time
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Interiors
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F&B

Soon after take-off, passing over the clouds, the cabin crew sprang into action and commenced the drinks service. Good choices of soft drinks, wine and beers. All complementary. Settled down with a beer and was looking forward to the rest of the flight.

Somehow, I guess based on my United profile, I had been defaulted to a low calorie meal. The meal was well presented and tasted very good too. The meal and a couple of beers set the tone right for the trip ahead.

FnB
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Low cal special meal
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Entertainment

There was a video about Greece and Aegean airlines that was playing on a continuous loop. Something better than nothing I suppose. Apart from that I had to rely on my S6 for entertainment.
Towards the end of the journey, they started playing the moving map which was slick and looked fresh.

Overhead entertainment
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En-route
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Moving map
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Almost there
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On time Performance

We disembarked the gate 8 minutes late, but made up for lost time en-route and ended up 25 minutes ahead of schedule.

WOW Factor

This had to be the full meal on board for an intra Europe flight. Not just any meal, but also an option for special meal selection was simply amazing. During my last trip in India I did get a special meal on a 45 minute flight on jet airways. But given that no other full-fledged airline in Europe provide this kind of FnB on board, Aegean has to be commended on going the extra mile. 10/10.

Transit experience

Transiting in Athens is hassle free. Our bags were checked through and all we had to do was to pass through immigration and over to the departure terminal. Seamless and quick.

Online check in was done as part of the previous sector. Although I could only check in 48 hours prior to this flight and not the entire sector. Not a big deal as I still got a very good seat pick.

At Athens
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Neighbours at Athens
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Not very Christmas'sy at Athens - the sole Chritsmas tree on Arrival
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Transfer information
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No bags to collect - through checked in to Santorini
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Athens Departure hall
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Our fight - Etihad to Santorini  http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y437/Varun_KR/P1020744_zpsmzuxjkz6.jpg

Shopping at Athens
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Boarding started 30 minutes before departure. And once again another full flight. Passengers were asked to check in their hand luggage for free.

We were boarding through gate B1. Looks like this is a dedicated area for domestic flights. Once you pass through security there's nothing much near these gates. So better to eat/shop before you enter this area. Boarding was completed 15 minutes ahead of schedule and ready to disembark 10 minutes before scheduled departure time.

Boarding gates
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Boarding hall
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Similar to the first aircraft. Neat and minimalist. Given that this aircraft had quite a few trips throughout the day, the maintenance and the appearance of the aircraft was spotless.

On board SX-DVJ, our seat, row 2
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Once again, more than sufficient Leg space. we got the extra leg space seats right in the front. They're usually sold as Business class on other sectors, but on this domestic one, they seem to be running a one class service, but got this seats during online check in.
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Bye SX-DNA
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Once again on time departure and expected arrival ahead of schedule.

As soon as we reached cruising altitude, the 4 member crew sprang into action, serving us some sweets and a cake.

No sooner than they completed one quick round followed by a round of rubbish collection, it was time to descend. We landed at Santorini 15 minutes ahead of schedule and out to our rental car in 25 minutes.

Short flight of 25 minutes
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Greek kourabiedes served during the flight
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Santorini airport is minute and we would be taking this same flight back to Athens in two days' time.

Santorini Airport
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SX-DVJ, an 8 year old Airbus A320-200
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Overall a flawless display by Aegean thus far, and even though we have been travelling the entire day on Christmas day, it was a pleasant and seamless journey.

Another lonely Christmas tree at Santorini at the Baggage hall
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Looking forward to our time in Santorini

2 days later it was now time to fly back to Athens to continue with the rest of our trip.

Snapshot of Santorini
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[Edited 2016-01-12 02:32:04]
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:34 am

Aegean Airways – A3 361 – JTR - ATH
 
Flight Reg:SX-DGC ; Leased from GECAS, painted in "Olympic Air" cs Nov 2009, Ferried BOD-ATH 02. Dec 2009 on delivery, Entered into service 05. Dec 2009. As Aegean since March 2011
Airbus A320
Seat 7A
Flight time: 20:20 – 21:05 (20:13 - 20:45)
27th December 2015
Price: Eur 170 for 2 passengers including tax and check in luggage

 

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Booking Process, website usability and online check in

Once again full marks for Aegean for a simple and coherent website. Booking process was done in 5 minutes.
Checked in the previous day and happy with the seat selection.

Airport service / checking in / Lounge

Arrived early at the airport and the airport wasn't even opened. There were quite a few people waiting outside.
Looks like only 4 flights to Athens during the winter season.
The airport gates opened at 17 45, 2 hours before the first flight for the evening. A Ryanair flight to Athens.

Back at Santorini airport
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Only 4 flights for the entire day
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It opens olly 2 hours before the first flight of the evening at 19:45
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The lone shop at Departures
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Ticket sales
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Self check in
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Check in time
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Rest of the check in was quick. Security, with the one x-ray machine they had were quick enough. Once again, Aegean seems to be strict about the hand luggage weight. And seems like not a full flight and hence the second bag wasn't checked in as before.

Once airside there is a small cafe along with a duty free shop. Very few places to sit. Not the most convenient, but for two flights at a time it's just about alright.
Security
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Ryanair gates - strict on the hand luggage size
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Departure gates
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Duty free shops, more like shop
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Boarding Process

Having time to spare and nothing much to do, I witnessed the complete chaos during the Ryanair boarding. The passengers were strictly checked for hand luggage size and were squeezed into a tiny waiting area. No way the size for a completely full Boeing 737 800. Reminded me of Ryanair of the old. It was a funny situation. Passengers, trying to squeeze their clearly oversized hand luggage, just remove some items from the bag, in front of the ground staff, squeeze it into the tiny box, remove it and then place the removed items back to it! [Head smashing onto and brick wall]

Rest of our boarding process was seamless and on time.

Boarding time
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Our ride to Athens - SX-DGC, a 6 year old A320-200,Leased from GECAS, painted in "Olympic Air" cs Nov 2009,Ferried BOD-ATH 02. Dec 2009 on delivery, Entered into service 05. Dec 2009. As Aegean since March 2011
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Bye Santorini
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First impressions/Hard product/Aircraft Interiors

Very similar to the rest of the flights we had taken with Aegean thus far. Clean and tidy.

On board SX-DGC
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Seating/Bed

Similar to the rest of our flights with Aegean.

The rest of the flight was exactly similar to our onward flight. On time (ahead of scheduled time), quick and convenient.

25 minutes later, Before landing at Athens
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WOW Factor

The super smooth landing. On all three Aegean flights this trip. They really just glide the aircraft onto the tarmac. I reckon this is a more inefficient way of landing but more comfortable for the passengers, to put it another way, there are more efficient ways to land. This may need verification from someone who is more qualified to comment on this.

Neighbours at Athens on our remote stand
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Back at Athens Airport
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Off to our Hotel
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Verdict

Overall a flawless performance by Aegean airlines during this sector of the trip. It Provided with what we wanted and more. On time, neat aircrafts, courteous and efficient crew, meals on the longer flight and seamless transit. Couldn't ask for more. Looking forward to our Greek escapades.

Would gladly fly Aegean again without any doubt.

Hope you enjoyed this edition of my trip report and more to come. Adios.!


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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:18 pm

I've read all the parts in a backwards order but still thanks for the report!

I really like the line-up photo at LGW with the Monarch leading and all those winglets/sharklets  

It looks like Aegean have a good solid European product. I wouldn't hesitate to try them if travelling to Greece/Cyprus and the price was right.

  
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:43 am

Quoting aidoair (Reply 2):

I've read all the parts in a backwards order but still thanks for the report!
I really like the line-up photo at LGW with the Monarch leading and all those winglets/sharklets  
It looks like Aegean have a good solid European product. I wouldn't hesitate to try them if travelling to Greece/Cyprus and the price was right.

Pleasure Aidoair
The view is from the WonderTree cafe. I popped in just to sit by the window, and was lucky to find a good spot.
Aegean were solid on all the three flights we took with them. Would gladly fly them again.
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:21 am

Hi newbief1yer,

Excellent shots as usual of all the activity on the ramp. It's always pleasing to see the colourful tails.

The cabin on your first flight does look light and cheerful. The special meal appears to have a very generous serving of meat. Looks almost like four portions!

Overall the service looks quite good. Thanks for sharing.
Weary.
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe - Aristophanes
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:35 am

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 4):
Hi newbief1yer,
Excellent shots as usual of all the activity on the ramp. It's always pleasing to see the colourful tails.
The cabin on your first flight does look light and cheerful. The special meal appears to have a very generous serving of meat. Looks almost like four portions!
Overall the service looks quite good. Thanks for sharing.
Weary.

Hey Weary, thanks for your comments.
Yes, the special meal was quite good actually. Taste wise, it was very good, taking into consideration that it was a Low cal meal, meaning just boiled chicken/turkey (not sure) breasts.
Very good indeed.
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:18 pm

What hotel is this in Santorini. Looks great.

Were you able to swim in December?
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:25 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
What hotel is this in Santorini. Looks great.
Were you able to swim in December?

this was Alta Vista Suites : http://www.altavistasuites.com/
Not really. The pool is not cleaned over winters. Weather wise, yes it would've been possible.
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:33 am

Great report. Aegean looked pretty good, clean cabins in good condition and very good legroom (my #1 concern!) I would like to fly with them if I'm ever passing through Greece.

It is interesting when you're spoken to in the foreign language, even after they know you don't speak it. Part of why I like flying foreign airlines is to hear the foreign languages being spoken. I love listening to foreign languages. It is a bit more difficult when you don't speak the language, but it only adds to the adventure! I try to know at least a few simple words in the local language just because I find it fun to speak the language of the person I'm taking to. On Interjet (Mexican airline) I would ask for "agua y cerveza Corona, por favor" and on Air France I'd always say "merci!" The best one was recently on KLM, all the cabin crew were actually speaking English to everyone as they left the plane, saying "thank you and have a nice night." I replied "dank u wel!" You should have seen them light up and smile when someone replied in Dutch. In my experience people really like hearing my terrible attempts at their language. On the other hand, not knowing the language means you don't get the full experience since you don't really know what's going on. Still worth it for me though.

Thanks again for the report!
 
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RE: Part 1: Aegean Air - LGW-ATH-JTR - A320-200

Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:32 am

Quoting Tesla (Reply 8):
Great report. Aegean looked pretty good, clean cabins in good condition and very good legroom (my #1 concern!) I would like to fly with them if I'm ever passing through Greece.

Thanks Tesla.
That's another way of looking at it, regarding the local language spoken on the aircraft. Ill give it a go on my next International Sector, this time with QA. Although i doubt if QA will have any local FA on board.  

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