Star Alliance voted best Alliance at Skytrax

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

In its 20th Anniversary year, Star Alliance has claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running. The Alliance’s prestigious Los Angeles Lounge also received the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the third year in row.

Accepting the award at the Paris – Le Bourget Air Show, Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance said: “This is an important accolade to receive in our 20th Anniversary year. It once again shows that our investment into a modern IT infrastructure is paying off, enabling the more than 440,000 member airline employees to provide customers with an even better Alliance travel experience. Our IT hubs are the foundation which will allow us to use digital technology to offer a more individual and a better Alliance travel experience going forward.”

Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to receive the Best Alliance Award from Skytrax when the category was first introduced in 2005 and has since held the award eight times.

The World Airline Awards are managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax Research of London, UK. The latest survey was conducted between August 2016 and May 2017, attracting 19.87 million eligible entries with participants from 105 nationalities. The survey covered over 325 airlines, from largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 Key Performance Indicators across front-line product and service factors in the Airport and On-board environments.

Complementing the Alliance awards, 13 Star Alliance member carriers received distinctions in 26 individual categories, with four achieving top 10 rankings in the Top Airline Category: Singapore Airlines (2), ANA (3), EVA (6) and Lufthansa (7).

Aegean Airlines

  • Best Regional Airline in Europe

Air Canada

  • Best Airline in North America


  • World’s Best Airport Services
  • Best Airline Staff in Asia

Austrian Airlines

  • Best Airline Staff in Europe


  • Best Airline in South America
  • Best Regional Airline in South America

COPA Airlines

  • Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean
  • Best Airline Staff in Central America

Ethiopian Airlines

  • Best Airline in Africa


  • Best Business Class Comfort Amenities
  • World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness


  • Best Airline in Europe
  • Best Airline in Western Europe
  • Best First Class Lounge Dining

Singapore Airlines

  • Best Airline in Asia
  • Best Business Class Airline Seat
  • Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering

South African Airways

  • Best Airline Staff in Africa


  • Best Economy Onboard Catering
  • World’s Best Economy Class
  • Best Airline Lounge Spa Facilities

Turkish Airlines

  • Best Airline in Southern Europe
  • Best Business Class Onboard Catering
  • World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge
  • Best Business Class Lounge Dining

Source: Star Alliance.

Aegean presents its new uniforms designed by renowned fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki

Courtesy: Aegean.

Courtesy: Aegean.

Aegean, a Star Alliance member, renewing its image and evolving the presence of its staff members, presented its new uniforms, designed by the renowned London-based Greek fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki.

In choosing Sophia Kokosalaki to design the company’s new uniforms, Aegean reaffirms its commitment to promote the work of Greeks around the world, hence highlighting the Greek nature of its operations.

Throughout all aspects of its operation, Aegean is inspired by Greece and the characteristics of its people. A prime example is the selection of a Greek fashion designer excelling in the international fashion industry.

Mr Dimitris Gerogiannis, Aegean’s CEO, stated: “Our Company’s Greek character always pushes us to promote and showcase the work of those who share the same values with us. We are very happy about our collaboration with Sophia Kokosalaki and the new dynamism she brings to our image by creating our new staff uniforms.”

The designs of the new uniforms combine the Greek element, promoted by Aegean and the fashion designer’s love for Greece, which is her point of reference in all her creations. In addition, as Sophia Kokosalaki has stated, her work is guided by the principles of ancient Greek classicism: the search for balance, and economy of line, simplicity and timelessness. Sophia Kokosalaki used these same principles not only for the dress she designed for Aegean’s flight attendants but also for the uniforms of pilots and Airport Ground Handling personnel.

Fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki stated:

“The image of Aegean is one of a dynamic, modern, Greek airline and I tried to reflect and convey that in my designs. I admire Aegean for the ethos that runs through all their activities and their trajectory and growth they have achieved over the years. The uniform is functional and elegant with a hint of Grecian classicism. Modernity, realism and quality were of major importance.”

Bringing together the company’s corporate colours (deep blue, red and grey) and Kokosalaki’s designer identity, the new uniforms represent more than just a new look, signalling the start of a new chapter for the company. The new uniforms and accessories are practical, allowing easy movement while working, while being stylish and elegant.

“I tried to retain my designer identity as well as Aegean’s corporate identity. It is difficult to design clothes for many different people in different roles and achieve a beautiful effect that will please everyone. It was a great responsibility, because first impressions are important. I would like people to see Greece also as a modern, cultural and sophisticated society. “

From April 1st, 2015, Aegean’s Pilots, Cabin Crew Members and Airport Ground Handling Personnel welcome passengers in their new uniforms, maintaining the company’s tradition with regard to aesthetic quality and Greek character while renewing the company’s presence before, during and after the flights.

Source: Aegean.

Aegean took off at the “Athens flying week- Αirshow 2014”

Courtesy: Aegean Airlines.

Courtesy: Aegean Airlines.

This year, Aegean supported for another time as a grand sponsor the International “Αthens flying week – airshow 2014”, which took place from 22 to 28 September 2014, in Faliro and the military airport of Dekelia (Tatoi).

The air spectacles started on Thursday with an air display in Floisvos. An Aegean Airbus Α320 and an Olympic Air DASH8 Q-400 flew in formation during the “Athens Flying Week-2014” pre-show. The guests were impressed by the two aircraft in a show which took place for the first time and which had a special symbolism since next month the one-year anniversary of the two companies’ union shall be celebrated.

On Sunday 28 September, the surprises and the spectacle continued at the “Tatoi Air-show”, where Aegean’s pilots met in the air with the F-16 Demo Team “ΖEUS” of the Greek Air Force. Aegean’s Airbus Α320 and the Greek fighter F-16 “ΖEUS” flew together creating impressive formations offering the guests a breath taking spectacle. This was the first time in Greece, when a Greek Air Force aircraft and a passenger aircraft flew together.

Furthermore, the guests enjoyed the first landing ever of a passenger jet aircraft at the Tatoi airport and the spectacular low pass of Aegean’s Airbus Α320.

“Athens flying week” took place for the third time and has been established as an international event, while it is a unique event of this kind in Greece. More than 50,000 guests attended the “Tatoi Air-show” on Sunday to watch aircraft and the world’s most experienced fleets performing impressive aerobatics, taking part in daring formations and performing parachute dropping during this aviation honouring weekend. Aegean took part in the celebrations offering presents and surprises for guests of all ages.

Source: Aegean Airlines.

AEGEAN expanding flight services this winter. Nine additional international destinations in the 2014/15 winter timetable.

Courtesy: Aegean Airlines.

Courtesy: Aegean Airlines.

This winter, AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member, is adding more destinations and frequencies to its existing network. AEGEAN announces the operation of nine additional international flights from Athens, (compared to winter 2013), contributing thus significantly to the development of tourism and the extension of the tourist season.

In specific, AEGEAN will extend the flying period of 8 international summer-season flights to cover the winter period as well and resumes flights from Athens to Cairo, enhancing at the same time frequencies on existing routes. The 2014/15 winter timetable comes into effect on Sunday 26 October 2014 and applies until 28 March 2015.

Connections in Western Europe

Summer connections from Athens to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Manchester, Zurich and Marseille will be continued in the winter offering even more options and better connections to passengers.

Significant  growth in the Middle East and North Africa

During the winter season, beginning October 26, AEGEAN will continue to operate flights to Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Amman, while the company  will resume flights to Cairo after a three year hiatus.

Increase frequency of existing routes

The company enhances the frequency of routes from Athens to Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Rome and Tel Aviv.

Dimitris Gerogiannis, CEO of AEGEAN, stated: “It is time we realize that the main challenge and objective for all of us in the Tourism industry is how to extend the season. This requires concentrated efforts and investment in flights, charges, products and promotion. Aegean is strong enough to support this effort and will continue to do it. However we also need the airports, the state tourism policy and the overall tourism product to evolve in the same way”.

In the context of its ongoing development, AEGEAN increases the size of its fleet through the order of 7 new Airbus A320ceos,  equipped with the new “Sharklets” on their wings, which will be delivered directly from the manufacturer. With the integration of the new aircraft, the company enhances its capabilities and one of its main competitive advantages, the low average age of the fleet. The deliveries of the seven new aircraft will begin in June 2015 and will be completed in early 2016.

AEGEAN, which currently operates 205 international routes, from its 8 Greek bases, is the largest ever Greek enterprise in the aviation sector. As the first Greek carrier with 13,000,000 available seats and 120 destinations – 87 abroad, in 32 different countries, and 33 in Greece – AEGEAN has set itself the target of placing Greece firmly back on the global aviation map.

Maintaining its excellent record of recognition as the Best Regional Airline in Europe, AEGEAN received an award from SKYTRAX in 2014 for the 4th year in a row. The World Airline Awards are the top awards in the global aviation industry and represent the highest accolade for an airline, depending entirely as they do on passenger votes.

Increased frequencies on existing routes:

  • Athens- Barcelona from 3 to 4 weekly,
  • Athens – Berlin from 3 to 5 weekly, additional  frequencies in Christmas season
  • Athens – Budapest from 2 to 3 weekly, additional  frequencies in Christmas season
  • Athens – Dusseldorf from 2 to 4 weekly
  • Athens – Geneva from 3 to 4 weekly
  • Athens – Vienna from 4 to 5 weekly, additional  frequencies in Christmas season
  • Athens – Tel Aviv from 5 to 6 weekly
  • Athens – Prague from 3 to 5 weekly, additional  frequencies in Christmas season
  • Athens – Warsaw from 4 to 5 weekly
  • Athens – Rome from 9 to 12 weekly

Source: Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines adds two additional aircraft to its previous A320ceo order

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for two additional A320ceo aircraft, adding to a previous order for five A320s aircraft placed in September 2007.

All aircraft will be equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines. The aircraft will also be the first A320s in Aegean’s fleet to feature the enhanced take-off weight capability of up to 78 tonnes, thus enabling the carrier to expand its route network with even longer range operations.

Mr. Theodoros Vassilakis, Chairman of AEGEAN, stated: “AEGEAN’s decision to take delivery of seven new Airbus A320s shows its commitment to invest once more in the ongoing qualitative growth of the aviation sector in Greece. Our capabilities are increasing and the existing competitive advantage of the low average age of our aircraft is further enhanced. We do everything in our hands to further increase the satisfaction of our passengers and certainly our competitiveness”.

“We are very pleased with the confidence that Aegean Airlines places in our products. This renewed order from Aegean Airlines will strengthen its position as a major European airline, connecting Greece to the world,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.   “We are proud to see passengers from all over the world benefiting from the comfort and efficiency only our best-selling single-aisle aircraft family offers.”

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Aegean Airlines, a member of Star Alliance, was named for the fourth year in a row the Best Regional Airline in Europe at the 2014 World Airline Awards. Aegean Airlines operates to date an all-Airbus single-aisle fleet of 36 Airbus A320 family aircraft including 17 directly purchased.

This new order will strengthen the airline’s network that reaches today 205 international routes from its eight Greek bases (scheduled and charter flights), thus supporting tourism in Greece.

Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that cut the aircraft’s fuel burn and emissions by up to four per cent on longer sectors. They are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall.  With over 10,900 Airbus single aisle aircraft sold and over 6,100 delivered today to some 400 customers and operators, the A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft family.

Source: Airbus.