Aviation News

September 19, 2009

Olympic Airlines Ends New York Service September 28th, Catch Them While You Can

Following over four decades of service, the impending transformation of Olympic Airlines into a new venture called Olympic Air will spell the end of the Greek flag carrier’s Athens-New York route, as well as all other long haul routes. September 28th marks Olympic Airlines’ last day, with Olympic Air commencing operations on September 29th.

Olympic began flying ATH-JFK nonstop upon delivery of their first 707, named “City of Athens,” in 1966.

As part of the carrier’s transition from public to private ownership, the new airline will not lease the four government-owned Airbus A340-300 aircraft Olympic Airlines currently uses for long-haul ops to New York, Toronto and Johannesburg. In addition, all 16 of Olympic Airlines’ 737s will be replaced by 16 Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft cobbled together from various airlines, and several other types are being reduced or eliminated. A number of destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa will also be eliminated.

Olympic Air will fill the hole in US service by implementing a codeshare on Delta’s JFK-Athens flights.



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  • vickiepanagakos

    This is the worse thing for Greek history.I am appalled and the Greek government should be ashamed of themselves to let this happen. There will never be another Aristotle Onassis who was the original founder of this Greek pride and heritage. So long Olympic Airways you will be missed but never forgotten 🙁

  • Thanasis

    At last! this "'Çancer'' for the Greek economy is over! no more Fagopoti! Now let's have the private sector take charge and let us have flights that are on time and with a smile! No more angry faces, delays and armpits that smell of souvlaki! buy buy Olympic!

    • vasilis

      MR. THANASSIS I THINK YOU ARE COMING FROM THE OUTER SPACE!!!
      TRY TO FLY OLYMPIC AIR-HELIOS WITH CHEAP PILOTS AND THE PROFIT AS A TARGET!
      YOU WILL DREAM OF OLYMPIC AIRWAYS SAFETY.
      THINK BEFORE YOU TALK!!

      • effie

        I agree!! maybe mr Thanasis never flew with olympic.
        I had the most secure flights with olympic. I flew with BA, air france, Delta and the most secure and comfortable (noone has private tv for economic flights, and you can choose what you wanna see) was with olympic.

  • Thanasis

    At last! this "'Çancer'' for the Greek economy is over! no more Fagopoti! Now let's have the private sector take charge and let us have flights that are on time and with a smile! No more angry faces, delays and armpits that smell of souvlaki! buy buy Olympic!

    • vasilis

      MR. THANASSIS I THINK YOU ARE COMING FROM THE OUTER SPACE!!!
      TRY TO FLY OLYMPIC AIR-HELIOS WITH CHEAP PILOTS AND THE PROFIT AS A TARGET!
      YOU WILL DREAM OF OLYMPIC AIRWAYS SAFETY.
      THINK BEFORE YOU TALK!!

      • effie

        I agree!! maybe mr Thanasis never flew with olympic.
        I had the most secure flights with olympic. I flew with BA, air france, Delta and the most secure and comfortable (noone has private tv for economic flights, and you can choose what you wanna see) was with olympic.

  • GEORGIOS

    OLYMPIC AIR IS A MAFIA COMPANY.

  • GEORGIOS

    OLYMPIC AIR IS A MAFIA COMPANY.

  • Not my cup of tea but it’s a fair enough for each their own. Thanks.

  • Not my cup of tea but its a fair enough for each their own. Thanks.