- Aegean Airlines
airline = Aegean Airlines
logo_size = 250
fleet_size = 25 (18 orders)
destinations = 29
IATA = A3
ICAO = AEE
callsign = AEGEAN
founded = 1987
key_people = Theodore Vasilakis (
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Thessaloniki International Airport
Miles & Bonus, Miles & More
lounge = Aegean Club Lounge, Makedonia, Demokritos
website = http://www.aegeanair.com
Aegean Airlines S.A. is the second largest Greek
airlinebased in Athens. It operates scheduled services from Athens and Thessalonikito other major Greek destinations as well as to a number of European destinations. Its main base is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, with a hub at Thessaloniki International Airport, "Macedonia".
Aegean Airlines was founded as Aegean Aviation in 1987.cite web |url=http://www.aegeanair.com/aegeanen/company/milestones.asp |title=Milestones |accessdate=2007-08-04 |work=Aegean Airlines |publisher=www.aegeanair.com] It was originally a VIP/business air operation specializing in executive and air ambulance services. On 17 February 1992, it became the first airline to be issued with a Greek independent air operator's licence. After it was bought by
Vasilakis Groupin 1994, Aegean Aviation commenced VIP flights from Athens all over the world with wholly owned Learjetaircraft. The Aegean Airlines title was adopted with the start of scheduled passenger services at the end of May 1999.
Its first commercial flights were from
Athensto Heraklion, Creteand Thessaloniki, Macedonia, with 2 brand new wholly owned BAe 146/RJ100. Also in 1999 Aegean bought Air Greece. After an agreement in March 2001 to merge Aegean and Cronus Airlines, it operated for a while as Aegean Cronus Airlines until full integration.cite news |title= Directory: World Airlines |work= Flight International|page= 45 |date= 2007-03-27] Since 2005, the airline has been in partnership with Lufthansa, offering participation to the Miles & More program, and its flights, except from its A3 code, also have the Lufthansa LH code. In March of 2006, Aegean Airlines also agreed with TAP Portugalin a co-operation agreement.
The airline is owned by Laskaridis Group (25.3%), Vassilakis Group (45.2%), B Konstantakopoulos (8.3%), D Ioannou (8.1%), G David (6.3%) and Piraeus Bank (5.9%) and has 1,609 employees (at March 2007)
Aegean Airlines flies to 13 international and 17 Greek destinations and as a partner of International airline
Lufthansa, Aegean has access to Lufthansa's global network.
The Aegean Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 18 June 2008):
As of 18 June 2008, the average age of the Aegean Airlines fleet is 8.8 years ( [http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/Aegean%20Airlines.htm] ).
In 2007, the airline ordered a combined total of 25
Airbus A320and Airbus A321aircraft to replace the older Boeing 737-300and Boeing 737-400aircraft in the fleet. After all deliveries in 2009, Aegean Airlines will have the youngest fleet of aircraft flying within Greece, and one of the youngest airline fleets in Europe.
*"Bronze Award: Airline of the Year" - 2000/2001cite web |url=http://www.aegeanair.com/aegeanen/news/era.asp |title=AEGEAN AIRLINES AWARDED BY ERA WITH THE «GOLD AWARD AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2004/5» |accessdate=2007-08-04 |work=Aegean Airlines |publisher=www.aegeanair.com]
*"Gold Award: Airline of the Year" - 2004/2005
*"Silver Award: Airline of the Year" - 2006/2007
* [http://www.aegeanair.com Aegean Airlines]
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