Review of Olympic Air flight Split Athens in Economy

Airline Olympic Air
Flight A3871
Class Economy
Seat 5D
Flight time 01:55
Take-off 12 Oct 17, 14:50
Arrival at 12 Oct 17, 17:45
OA 14 reviews
EuroAirport68
Published on 23rd October 2017
Dear readers and flyers,

The flight reported here is part of the following trip :
  • ORY-SPU : TO3570 (Transavia France) // Boeing 737-800
  • SPU-ATH : A3871 (Aegean Airlines operated by Olympic Air) // DHC 8-400
  • ATH-CDG : A3614 (Aegean Airlines) // Airbus 321

My boyfriend decided to do the above trip and booked that a few weeks prior to the trip. Since I was available to join him I decided to book the same flights. Of course the price went a bit higher because I booked 3 days before the trip (add 60€ on my total booking compared to his). However the price was still reasonable to buy all the same flights as him.

The booking process don't need to be explained. I just booked SPU-ATH-CDG with A3 on some web travel agency with a connection of roughly 24 hours in ATH allowing us to take a tour of Athens. I paid 110 EUR for those two A3 flights.

We wanted to do the OLCI 48 hours before the flight but it wasn't working. So we had to leave that task for the check-in agent.

Let's start the journey to SPU…

On the day of the flight we were in Trogir, a town a few kilometers away from the airport.
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We decided to take the public transport to reach the airport at the cost of 13 HRK (1.70 EUR). The journey was short and the bus dropped us off in the main street in front of the airport entrance.
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We had a short walk through an airport car park to reach the only terminal and we can observe the works to build the new terminal.
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Directly in front of the current terminal you can find many buses.
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There's some shade outside the terminal.
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We entered in the small terminal where check-in counters are mixed for all airlines. We walked towards the Business counter since my boyfriend is A3* Gold. No problem to check us in on the flight with our 2 different booking numbers.
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I get a boarding pass for the flight.
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The waiting time at the security checkpoint was close to zero despite only two lines opened.
After that we were facing the only gate(s) for domestic flights. On the right the passport control. Just behind it is already the only lounge at SPU.
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My boyfriend wasn't sure we would be allowed to get into that lounge since he didn't find any information on the internet. You can see which airlines are using the lounge for your future trip there.
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The lounge is quite small but at the moment there are a few available seats left. There are toilets inside the lounge so no need to go outside.
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Some magazines can be found behind the main position of the lounge staff. It looks like there are no newspapers except the one left on the right table.
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The lounge has a view on the apron but a rather restricted one with stairs or trees in front of it. Two computers are available and there is free wifi too. You can also charge your phone free of charge with the loading station on the right side.
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There is a good diversity of drinks offered especially the ones without alcohol.
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Some other drinks found near the window.
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As far as the food is concerned you can mainly find salted snacks and some biscuits.
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There is one tv screen with the list of the flights and one tv on the right but no sound.
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A selection of fine snacks !
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The machine for hot beverages offers hot chocolate, let's try this. There's milk in it and it's a good hot chocolate ! I wasn't expecting that from a machine ! Yes I am a hot chocolate lover with milk !
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After the lounge visit we headed upstairs to watch our plane land. But we missed it and it was parked further away from the terminal. You can find it behing this Croatian A320. The landscape in the background is nice !
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There was a few shops where you can spend some remaining time.
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Boarding time, we had to get on a bus to bring us to the plane.
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On our way we meet this A319 of EZY.
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We pass next to our plane registered SX-OBF.
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Of course the bus drops us off on the other side of the plane and we have a view on the ATC Tower.
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Queue to board the plane in front of the propeller.
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People let some larger carry on luggages next to the plane's stairs. However after every one had boarded, the flight attendant made an announcement to tell us that there was no carry on delivery service at ATH and that the luggages would be found on the baggage carousel at ATH. So everyone who had left a carry on outside had to go out to pick it up again and find some space to store it in the cabin.

The FA asks 3 passengers in the front rows to move at the rear just for take-off. A third passenger in 4C in front of us hesitate to do that and the FA reassure him saying that she will personally take care of his wife until he comes back. Laugh from the neighbours around including us.

General view of the cabin.
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The seat pitch was ok.
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Here is the table for the upcoming snack !
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Take-off and backtrack on the runway as there's no real taxiway at SPU.
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Some views after take-off : Split and Marjan hill on the right of the picture.
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From Marjan Hill the view of Split (old town) looks like that :
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A small part of the runway is just seen next to the propeller's air inlet and Trogir further away.
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I picked one candy in the basket.
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Snack is served with hot and/or cold beverages first. I took Sprite and tea. The bread of the sandwich has pieces of olives. The filling is cheese and breaded chicken.
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Close up of the content of the sandwich. It tasted really good. Not really a common sandwich taste in my opinion.
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We thought that would be all for the snack and the flight attendants came back with some kind of dessert.
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It was a chocolate croissant but not a crispy one.
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Not much to see outside at the moment.
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In the backseat pocket the magazine is the same as A3…
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… whereas the safety card and the sickness bag are branded Olympic Air.
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Now some views above from Greece.
First picture : Bridge linking Antirrio and Rio, near Patras.
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Dhiaporia islands.
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Reaching ATH soon : Athens was on the other side of the plane.
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Just before landing, the town of Markopoulo.
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After landing we reached a remote stand where a bus waited for us.
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Waiting for some remaining passengers to join us in the bus.
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The bus left the remote stands to take us to the terminal. Among the line of Olympic Air planes you can see an ATR 42 of Sky Express, a regional Greek airline.
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On our way to the termianl we saw this CS100 of LX landing.
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Here is a general view of the ramp with an EK B777 at the back.
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Passport control once we were in the terminal. Not a long walk and we were then in the baggage reclaim area.
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That's where we had to collect checked-in bags of our flight.
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Finally we took the bus to Athens city center and it lasted roughly one hour.

Since there was no airshow on that flight I can provide you a Flight Radar 24 screenshot of the journey.
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Verdict

Olympic Air

7.4/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering8.5

VIP Lounge

5.5/10
Comfort7.0
Meal/catering3.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Services6.0

Split - SPU

7.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness6.0

Athens - ATH

7.8/10
Efficiency9.0
Access7.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

The airline did well on this flight. Even though there was no proper meal tray the sandwich was really nice. However the croissant wasn't great. There was a good selection of drinks and many opportunities to get something to drink during the flight. That was quite a long flight in a noisy Dash 8-400 but I felt ok for the entire flight. No entertainement was available. FA were professional with a little humour.

Business Lounge : the food offered there is poor, mainly salted snacks. However the good selection of drinks is far better. It's a quiet place where it's easier to find an empty seat than upstairs in the huge boarding room.

SPU : Hardly any waiting time in the various queues but it is surely not the same in this small terminal during the peak summer season ! The new terminal is on its way. Boarding area was busy and it's not easy to find empty seats.

ATH : We were quickly out of ATH. It's a shame that the airport is quite far away from the city.

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