After a 4 weeks stay in Greece I noticed how many pictures I actually made. Unfortunately I can’t share them all but one of the best are posted below. Due to my specific plans I flew multiple time to Athens and it was the HUB of my whole trip. Some shots may not be the sharpest but still good enough to transfer the vibe. The registration of the aircraft with cockpit shots are hidden on purpose, on request and as I understand and respect that I can’t show them. That being said, enjoy the pictures :)
Aegean Airlines | A321 | A3809
Once all the arriving passengers exited the aircraft by stairs and the jet bridge connected for the boarding passengers I was able to enter the aircraft pretty early. A visit in the beautiful cockpit before takeoff made the start of my trip even more exiting.
After I found my seat I saw another Aegean A320 pushing back with service to Thessaloniki which was one of my destinations for this summer too.
The weather was pretty good and we hadn’t any turbulence. Seating in the upfront has the benefit of a perspective with and without wing.
In the following picture you can see the legroom on seat 6F. It was part of the Aegean up front category which was more than enough for me and my bag. Also I had luck and the seat next to me wasn’t taken.
Aegean Airlines is also known for a high quality free service. However, since covid started we got prepackaged snacks with soft drinks and coffee which is still more than welcome.
The time passed quick and we already reached the sunset. Everyone who flew at sunset knows what a great feeling it is.
After roughly 2h and 20min we landed safely on runway 03L and parked at a remote stand.
Sky Express | A320neo | GQ384
I heard a lot about the brand new A320neo fleet of Sky Express and was exited to fly on one. A visit in the cockpit confirmed how modern and clean the aircraft is. The whole cabin was shiny and brand new. The legroom wasn’t really impressive but still okay for 35 min flight.
During my stay in Athens the uncontrolled wild fires were still present. The sky around Athens was everything but clear and showed me how serious the situation really was as I only saw pictures and videos in the internet before.
With a few minutes of delay and an amazing shorten ILS10 approach we left the aircraft and entered the second and brand new terminal of Thessaloniki Makedonia airport in order to grab my language.
Aegean Airlines | A321 | OA127
After more than 2 weeks in the north of Greece it was time for Athens again. This time I had a night flight which I always tried to avoid before. However, I realised it‘s the most relaxing and comfortable time to fly. The visit in the cockpit couldn’t be missed.
Once we arrived I was able to see a decent line up of some Aegean aircraft at the main terminal including the new A320neo fleet.
Sky Express | AT75 | GQ474
This was my first turbo prop flight ever. But first I used the opportunity to make a photo of the beautiful tower of LGAV. It‘s one of the most elegantes I know.
The trip itself was comfortable but the age of the aircraft was noticeable. The view over the Aegean Sea was breathtaking and the landing was smooth. Paros has no arrival or departure procedures, nor a VOR. It’s a simple runway with PAPI lights.
Olympic | DH8D | OA91
The return flight back to Athens was with Olympic Air and the cabin felt better in my opinion. With 20 minutes of delay my transfer time in Athens was only 15 minutes. The view on departure and arrival was stunning.
Aegean Airlines | A321 | A3808
And last but not least the return flight back home. I was able to catch the flight even with the short transfer time and had a comfortable 2h30min stay on board. On takeoff I was able to see some Aegean and Olympic aircraft parked together.
I made way more pictures which I would love to share but this would reach some capacity limits. Hopefully you enjoyed the shots and I am looking forward to the next flights with Aegean Airlines and Sky Express.