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Olympic Air History
Olympic Air is the offshoot of what was once the national government-operated Greek carrier Olympic Airlines. Olympic Air is a private carrier, the result of decisions made in order to save the service. Therefore, Olympic Air has been around only since 2009, making it one of the newest airlines in the world.
It’s a subjective title, as Olympic Air’s 15 planes and 32 destinations were for the most part inherited. The airline has its main base out of Athens International, with a second hub of activity at the island of Rhodes.
Why fly Olympic Air?
Olympic Air is not a member of any traditional alliance like Oneworld or SkyTeam. The airline is a subsidiary of Aegean Airlines, however, and its passengers can enjoy a number of benefits through shared partnerships.
The main incentive to fly with Olympic Air is its frequent flyer program, called Travelair Club. It functions along the same basic lines as other rewards programs. Membership is organized based on colors, with the lowest level called Blue, progressing then to Silver, and finally to Gold. The greater the membership, the more perks there are. Passengers fly with Olympic Air and accrue miles, which can in turn be redeemed for free tickets and the like.
Olympic Air Flight Destinations
Olympic Air is a purely regional carrier. When it was phased out from the former Olympic Airlines, many other routes had been terminated, given to other carriers, or downgraded. Now, Olympic Air planes serve Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Albania and Bulgaria. Many of these routes are going to be subsequently terminated in 2014, and most of them will be replaced by the parent company Aegean Air; Olympic Air will also be phased out.
Now, however, Olympic Air retains a number of codeshare agreements with other airlines. Through these agreements, customers can fly onboard other airlines on one ticket. Some of the companies with such agreements are TAROM, Bulgaria Air, Etihad, KLM and Delta.
On Board Olympic Air
Olympic Air has consistently been ranked among one of the best domestic carriers in the world. This is mostly due to good service techniques and complimentary offerings. The snacks and drinks are free. There is no meal service because no flight lasts long enough to justify the expenditure. There are also limited in-flight entertainment options. There is the “On Air” magazine, that is an award-winning periodical, but movies are not shown.
Business Class Flights
There is no Business Class aboard Olympic Air flights. There is a “Premium Economy”. The added perks to flying this slightly-upgraded class include access to the CIP Lounge on international flights, increased luggage allowance and additional legroom at the front of the cabin. Priority boarding and check-in are additional benefits, as is the complimentary wine or beer served on afternoon flights.
Olympic Air Lounges
There is only the CIP Lounge. This lounge is available to those passengers holding Premium Economy seats and who are bound for an international destination. This lounge has comfortable seating for relaxing and enjoying the television or a conversation. There is also a conference space for business travelers, and complimentary drinks as well.
Olympic Air’s website is located at www.olympicair.com. Lounge information can be found at www.olympic-handling.com. The English version of the site is lacking, but all of the basic services one needs are available. One can book tickets, check flight status, and read about destinations.
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