Showing posts with label Aegean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aegean. Show all posts

16 March, 2024

Viasat and Deutsche Telekom Boost European Aviation Network In-flight Broadband Coverage in Mediterranean Sea

- Additional ground stations enhance Viasat’s award-winning connectivity solution.

- Airline customers, including the Greek flag carrier AEGEAN, to benefit from improved service on flights to and from Cyprus.

Viasat, Inc., a global leader in satellite communications, and Deutsche Telekom, announced this week a ground network expansion for Viasat’s award-winning European Aviation Network (EAN) to further support in-flight broadband service in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. Set to meet growing demand from airline passengers, three new ground stations are now operating in the region to complement more than 300 ground network antenna sites already set up across Europe. These sites will provide enhanced capacity to EAN’s existing satellite coverage.

The enhanced capacity is particularly beneficial for passengers flying to and from Cyprus with the award-winning Greek airline AEGEAN. The airline launched its in-flight connectivity service, powered by EAN, in 2022 to enhance its onboard passenger experience; since early this year, AEGEAN is offering free Wi-Fi access to all its passengers. 

To date, more than one million passengers have enjoyed the in-flight connectivity service since launch. The service is being installed on AEGEAN’s Airbus A320 and A321, covering both existing aircraft and upcoming deliveries. 

07 September, 2023

CDB Aviation Leases A321NX to New European Customer AEGEAN

CDB Aviation Leases A321NX to New European Customer AEGEAN

CDB Aviation, confirmed this week the execution of a lease agreement with the flag carrier of Greece, Aegean Airlines for one Airbus A321-271NX from the lessor’s orderbook.

The Athens-based carrier is expected to take delivery of the aircraft in spring 2025 as it continues to expand in the European region by renewing its fleet and operating to new destinations, targeting to meet the robust passenger traffic levels to and from the country that are well ahead of 2019 levels.

“We’re very pleased to have established our latest customer relationship with the largest Greek airline and a leading regional carrier in Europe,” stated Jie Chen, CDB Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer. “This advanced, latest generation A321neo will be another well-suited member of AEGEAN’s growing fleet, providing the level of efficiency and comfort that is aligned with the carrier’s ongoing efforts to continuously improve its services and innovate to meet the evolving needs of its passengers.”

“Our partnership with CDB Aviation will help us achieve our fleet development and growth plan for the coming years,” commented Dimitris Gerogiannis, Chief Executive Officer of AEGEAN. “The latest generation A321neo provides our customers with the enhanced experience they’re looking for, while significantly reducing our environmental footprint.”

20 June, 2023

AEGEAN and Cyprus Airways confirm codeshare partnership as passenger numbers soar by 50%

AEGEAN and Cyprus Airways have unveiled their new codeshare deal which connects the networks of the two flag carriers far enhancing the customer experience.

The new deal came into effect today and will not only boost business and leisure travel between Greece and Cyprus, but will also offer both airlines’ customers improved flight schedules and seamless connectivity between both countries and many other international destinations.

Through this agreement, AEGEAN will place its (A3) code on flights operated by Cyprus Airways to Paris, Rome, Milan, Beirut, Cairo, Yerevan and all Greek destinations, whilst the Cypriot carrier will place its (CY) code on all AEGEAN’s network in Greece and the airline’s flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Customers will also continue to benefit from the respective operating carrier’s other services, including through check-in.

During a Press Event held in Larnaca to announce this agreement, Paul Sies, Cyprus Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “The signing of this agreement is yet another milestone for the new Cyprus Airways. We are pleased today to announce our codeshare agreement with our neighbouring flag carrier, AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member, and with whom we share a strong market reputation and commitment to customers. Both Cyprus Airways and AEGEAN share similar attributes such as quality service and customer satisfaction which makes us ideal partners. This is an important day for us as we are setting the foundation to further enhance cooperation with like-minded airline partners and continue with our journey to expand our network to offer the Cypriot community new travel opportunities to Europe and beyond, whilst making it easier for travellers from all over the world to visit Cyprus. Both carriers together will have the largest and qualitative best offering for people flying to and from Cyprus”.

Roland Jaggi, AEGEAN’s Chief Commercial Officer added: “We are very pleased with this codeshare agreament as it will further expand our network and offer our customers even more travel benefits and enhanced connectivity. We look forward to working with Cyprus Airways, and providing services on an enhanced destination network to passengers of both airlines. AEGEAN is steadily investing in Cyprus and in strategic partnerships that upgrade its services and allows to meet the growing needs of its passengers."

Passenger numbers are up by 50%.....

Just recently AEGEAN announced it had carried more than 5 million passengers in total during the period January - May 2023, recording a 50% increase in passenger traffic compared to the corresponding period of 2022 and exceeding the passenger traffic of the same pre-pandemic period, confirming the positive outlook for demand to the country that had initially emerged during the first quarter of the year.

Specifically, AEGEAN's international passenger traffic to and from Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" has increased by 65% compared to 2022 and 12% compared to 2019. For the same period, international passenger traffic from Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia" is particularly enhanced, reaching 72% compared to the previous year and 30% compared to 2019.

This increase was achieved both by the overall expansion of AEGEAN's activity with new routes abroad, as this year it is operating with the largest international network of destinations in its history, and the timely increase in the frequency of flights, on existing routes such as Italy, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

It should be noted that with the beginning of the summer season, which began earlier than every year, direct flights from Athens to Bristol, Birmingham, Riga, and Lille, direct flights from Thessaloniki to Barcelona and Cologne, and direct flights from Chania, Ioannina, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Kalamata to Tel Aviv started. In the next few days, 9 new routes are expected to be launched from/to Athens (Ljubljana, Dammam, Newcastle, Seville, Olbia, Kuwait, Pisa, Palma de Mallorca and Split), 3 new routes from/to Thessaloniki (Venice, Yerevan, Tbilisi), while at the same time, 5 routes from/to Heraklion (Vienna, Marseille, Larnaca, Tirana, and Belgrade) and the route connecting Rhodes with Belgrade return to the schedule after the winter break.

It is recalled that AEGEAN for 2023 will offer a total of 18 million seats, of which 11 million will be international seats, 2 million more than in 2022, and 800 thousand more than in 2019. The airline will operate to 165 destinations in 46 countries with 272 direct routes from its 10 bases in Greece and abroad, with a fleet of 76 aircraft, including the brand-new Airbus A320 and A321 neo.

15 August, 2022

AEGEAN and Emirates ink codeshare partnership

AEGEAN and Emirates confirmed a new codeshare partnership has been agreed upon and will give passengers better connectivity on each airline's route networks. 

Emirates will place its code on AEGEAN operated flights, providing customers with a convenient and seamless booking experience as well as one consistent baggage policy, to popular destinations: Kerkyra, Chania, Irakleion, Mikonos, Thira, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Alexandropoulos.

AEGEAN will place its code on Emirates-operated flights between Dubai and Athens for their customers to benefit from smooth connections to Dubai and onward. Travel itineraries can now be booked on and, with travel agents as well as online travel agents (OTAs), for travel immediately.

Starting October 2022, Emirates and AEGEAN will further increase their joint codeshare network to include eight more European regional routes via Athens, including Bucharest, Belgrade and Naples, among others, as well as westwards on Emirates’ flights to New York Newark from Athens, and New York JFK from Milan. Emirates currently serves Athens with 12 weekly flights operated by a Boeing 777.  These additional codeshare routes will be subject to receiving the necessary regulatory approvals.

Through its codeshare agreements with more than 26 carriers, two rail partners as well as 110 interline partners worldwide, Emirates offers its customers truly global connectivity across 6 continents.

02 August, 2021

Aegean Airlines moves across to the new Terminal Two at Manchester Airport

Aegean Airlines has become the latest airline to relocate to Manchester Airport’s new-look ‘super terminal number Two.

Additional cafes and retailers are also opening in Terminal Two as passenger footfall is forecast to increase over the summer.  The Terminal Two extension opened to the public on 14th July with and TUI operating from there in the first week.

Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines, airBaltic and Ethiopian Airlines have all now followed suit in moving their operations to the new terminal.

Greek carrier Aegean Airlines will become the ninth airline to operate from the ‘super terminal, offering services to Athens on a thrice-weekly basis.   
Passengers travelling with Aegean Airlines should now use Terminal Two. Those with Manchester Airport car park or lounge bookings will have them moved across and customers will be notified accordingly.

As summer progresses and international travel restrictions ease, further airlines will move across and they will be communicated appropriately. Passengers can also keep an eye on the airport’s social media channels for the latest advice, guidance and information.

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World Duty Free Express opened in Departures over the weekend, offering customers a quick and easy way to buy World Duty Free’s most popular products. The main World Duty Free unit, which has been operating since the new terminal opened its doors, remains available for those wishing to browse the full selection of the brand’s stock.

Those passing through Arrivals will also have additional choice in the near future, with Pret-a-Manger and Starbucks units due to open in early August.

The new terminal’s varied offering of bars, restaurants and shopping has been well-received by passengers thus far. Popular Manchester brands such as Archie’s and the Amber Alehouse, in partnership with Seven Bro7hers, are complemented by well-known high street names including M&S and Costa Coffee.

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15 February, 2020

A new era of growth for AEGEAN

With a new livery and brand identity, 3 newly-delivered Airbus A320neo, AEGEAN’s new era is here

A new era of growth has begun for AEGEAN, with the official reveal of its new livery and branding as well as the presentation of the first three new-generation Airbus A320neo aircraft. 

By July 2020, AEGEAN will receive a total of 6 new aircraft reaching a fleet of 65 aircraft, supporting the expansion of its network to 155 destinations and 44 countries in 2020. 

During the event, AEGEAN presented its new livery and brand identity. Inspired by the Greek sky and seas, historical architecture and the design heritage of the country, the new brand identity, livery and cabin are here to shape a dynamic future for AEGEAN and further enhance the passenger experience. 

27 November, 2018

Aegean carried 10.8 million passengers during the first nine months of the year.....

The Greek airline Aegean has announced its 2018 9-month results this week which showed the carrier managed to achieve a consolidated revenue at €939.3m, 5% higher than 2017 during a difficult trading period. The airline's pre-tax earnings rose 14% to €115.8m and net earnings after tax were up 13% to €80.9m. 

During the 9-month period to September 30, 2018, AEGEAN and its subsidiary Olympic Air, carried 10.8m passengers, 6% more than the previous year, with 4.8m in domestic and 6m in the international network. Total passengers from/to Athens hub travelling on international routes increased by 12%. Load factor improved to 83.6% from 82.9% in 2017 as a result of efficient revenue and network management. 

22 October, 2018

Pratt & Whitney signed up to power upto 62 Airbus A320neo aircraft for Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines has, its been announced today, selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to power up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft - (30 firm orders, 12 options and up to 20 leased). Pratt & Whitney will also provide the airline with engine maintenance through a long-term comprehensive service agreement. 

"We selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to provide our passengers with the newest and most advanced technology available for our new Airbus aircraft," said Eftichios Vassilakis, Chairman at Aegean Airlines. "The GTF will serve us and our customers with the most economical and environmentally friendly power available on the market today." 

It should be no surprise the airline has chosen Pratt & Whitney, the company already powers the Aegean Airlines fleet of 49 V2500-powered A320ceo family aircraft. The Athens-based airline's subsidiary company, Olympic Air, also currently operates 12 PW100-powered regional Turboprop aircraft.

"We are honored by Aegean Airlines' continued confidence in our engines and services," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. "Pratt & Whitney and Aegean Airlines have fostered a great relationship over the years and we are excited to maintain and grow this relationship for many years to come."

(Photos Pratt & Whitney / Airbus)

23 June, 2018

30 new Airbus A320neo's for Aegean Airlines

Greece’s biggest airline, AEGEAN Airlines, has firmed up an order for the purchase of 30 A320neo Family aircraft at a ceremony in Athens.   

The purchase agreement, comprising 10 A321neos and 20 A320neos, was signed by AEGEAN Chairman Eftichios Vassilakis and Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. 

It follows an earlier Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2018. Currently, AEGEAN operates a fleet of 49 Airbus aircraft (37 A320s, 11 A321s and 1 A319).

01 April, 2018

Aegean commits to 30 A320neo Family aircraft

Aegean ‎Airlines, the biggest airline in Greece, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to purchase 30 A320neo Family aircraft, comprising 20 A320neos and 10 A321neos. The airline will also acquire a significant number of new A320neo family aircraft from leasing companies. 

Aegean currently operates a fleet of 46 Airbus aircraft (37 A320s, 8 A321s and 1 A319).

Eftichios Vassilakis, Vice-Chairman of Aegean Airlines stated: “Aegean’s decision to select the latest generation Airbus A320neo Family follows an intense and exhaustive evaluation to determine the best aircraft for Aegean's growth and long-term success. These aircraft will be key for us to pursue our mission of providing services of high standards for our passengers on short and medium haul services.”

New fleet will ensure airline's growth and market-leading position ‎far into the future 

“We are delighted that Aegean, an all Airbus customer, has chosen the bestselling single-aisle Family, becoming a new operator of the type. The commonality these aircraft offer along with lowest operating costs, longest range and a more spacious cabin make the A320neo Family the best choice for growing airlines such as Aegean,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

09 October, 2017

18 New Routes, 11 New Destinations - Aegean Plans for 2018

Aegean has big plans for 2018,  they will introduce 18 new routes, 11 new destinations offer over 700,000 more seats than this year. 

In a press conference, the sunny airline announced their ambitious plans for next year,  the 11 new destinations from the Athens base are Turin, Palermo, Bologna and Lamezia Terme in Italy, Malaga in Spain, Basel in Switzerland, Zagreb and Zadar in Croatia, Vilnius in Lithuania, Cluj-Napoca in Romania and Skopje. The airline will also bring in 7 new routes from Greece’s regional airports Corfu - Moscow, Santorini - Tel Aviv, Mykonos - Tel Aviv, Mykonos - Beirut, Rhodes - Lyon, Rhodes - Beirut, Heraklion – Beirut. 

The airline will, they say, continue to strengthen his Athens hub, which brings benefits both for the city itself, as well as for other regions and islands of the country. The carrier will connect the Greek capital with 81 international destinations and the airline is also upgrading passenger lounges in Thessaloniki and Larnaca, they will also revamp a second airside lounge for passengers from outside the Schengen zone at Athens airport.