Actually these 4 flights were not supposed to take place until almost the very last moment. I was already OK with the fact that my trip to Paris in late October would be the last air travel of the year and was already looking forward to my travel plans for 2019, when this sudden express business trip to Cyprus occured. I was not very happy about it first as it was two weeks before Christmas with all the preparations and craziness getting more intense every day. But a sudden trip to the Mediterranean and a possibility to fly my favourite European airline were a great treat. There is of course a direct LOT flight on this route, but in case of this trip it required in fact two sleepless nights that would make my job in this particular case (translating from Greek to Italian and Polish) a miserable task, so as I could, I chose with pleasure a combined flight with a very short (40 minutes) stop in ATH. It's been almost two years since my last flight with Aegean, so I was curious if anything changed in their fantastic service and how.
Business trips are always a difficult task for me as an avgeek, unless I fly on my own. I'm being constantly asked by my colleagues why I take so many photos, is this my first flight (that's my favourite) and what is so fascinating in staring out of the window. This time I was travelling with a colleague that already knows my hobby, so I could just hear from time to time "Oh, you are taking a photo again!". If only she knew that on this occasion I took 3 times less pictures than I would normally have…
I came to the airport as always by taxi on this dark and rainy December afternoon
and after passing trough security we headed directly to the gates area with a stop for a coffee in on of these cafes where even a simple beer becomes one of the luxury goods… 17 PLN is more or less 4 euros and that's maybe not very much for a beer at the airport but a simple Zywiec or Heineken costs here normally not more than 4-5 PLN which is about 1 euro
Looking for my flight on the screen
The A320 that has just arrived and will soon take us to Athens
I hate flying at dark as it makes taking decent photos a real nightmare and forces me to focus more on the somehow limited interior of the aircraft
A thing that draws my attention first is a new safety card type that, as I learn afterwards, has been introduced just a month or so before
The upper seat pocket content is very rich including the inflight magazine, duty free catalogue and some Christmas deals brochures
There's also a special card explaining how to connect with your own device to airline's IFE (a thing that I actully forgot to do being constantly involved in different dialogues with my talkative colleague)
A very elegant as always Aegean cabin
What I'm interested the most on this flight is the fameous service that arrives approximately 40 minutes after take off. It seems that A3 continues to fly high with a hot meal and full choice of beverages in economy on a 2:15 flight! Besides the main dish that appeared to be pasta in something like bolognese sauce, on a tray you may find a small pack of crackers, a bar, butter, cream cheese, a fresh roll distributed separately by flight attendants from the basket and a plastic cutlery with refreshing towel, a small bag of salt and pepper wrapped altoghether. My choice of beverages is a very good as always Greek red wine and water. Well Aegean, you are still my best european airline! My colleague who has never flown Aegean before is very much impressed.
There's not much to do or spot on an evening flight and as we talk a lot time passes quickly and soon we begin our descent. What I notice is there is no second beverage service that I saw on my last flight in March 2017 and the tea&coffee service that used to take place after the meal, is now a part of the main beverage service. So there are some small cuts in A3 service too, but let's be honest: comparing to other airlines, Aegean is a different league.
Just before touchdown with lights of Attica
And here we are, I'm back to Athens after almost 2 years break and it seems we are having a remote stand which makes me a little bit anxious about our connecting flight within 40 minutes from now. I don't know yet and I will leave it for the next report, what surprise has Athens airport for the passengers transferring from Schengen to non - Schengen zone….
That's all for now, the next part will follow soon! Thanks for reading!
Warsaw - WAW
Athens - ATH
Aegean still wins the game: with a hot meal and full choice of beverages on a 2 hours intra European flight it definitely belongs to a different league than most of the airlines, actually it reminds me more of the airlines I had a possibility to fly in Asia like Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways. The flight attendants were as always perfectly dressed, attentive and polite, which is another asset. This particular A320 had no overhead screens but the cabin was comfortable and clean.
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