August 14, 2017
Flight Review: Olympic Air from Athens-Mykonos
If you’re traveling between the Greek islands, you have to take a ferry or fly a small regional jet (assuming the island you’re going to has an airport). Olympic Air is the main airline which carries passengers throughout the islands. Although it’s owned by Aegean Airlines, it’s not a Star Alliance partner. That said, Aegean Airlines will extend Star Alliance Gold Status benefits to qualifying passengers on Olympic flights. I had access to the Aegean Airlines lounge in Athens, received priority check-in, priority boarding, and an extra baggage allowance.
Boarding was pretty well organized for the short flight to Mykonos. The plane was parked on the tarmac, so we had to take a bus to the aircraft. It’s all Economy Class seating on these planes, and it’s a 2-2 configuration.
Once onboard, two flight attendants on the tiny propeller plane came by to pass out small candy. Mind you, this was a 40 minute flight.
Shortly after takeoff, they began the food and beverage service. We were offered a standard selection of sodas and juices and given the small croissant pictured above. They even gave us hand wipes! As soon as service was finished, the captain announced that we had started our decent to Mykonos.
It always amazes me how flight attendants are able to carry out food and drink service on such short flights. I’ve also taken a 45 minute TigerAir flight in Asia which offered a full meal onboard. The Olympic Air flight attendants were courteous, friendly, and very professional. They performed superbly on such a short flight. I should also mention that everything on board was complimentary. It was a polar opposite experience from flying on a US airline, especially the US3. Overall I was very impressed with my first Olympic Air flight!