Review of Olympic Air flight Athens Larnaca in Economy

Airline Olympic Air
Flight OA 910
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:45
Take-off 10 Dec 18, 22:15
Arrival at 11 Dec 18, 00:00
OA 13 reviews
loukas
By SILVER 382
Published on 13th January 2019
Hi,

Welcome to the seond flight from the following series:

FLIGHT A3 873 - WAW-ATH - A320 - https://flight-report.com/en/report/38121/aegean-airlines-a3-873-warsaw-waw-athens-ath
FLIGHT OA 910 - ATH-LCA - A320 - you are here
FLIGHT OA 901 - LCA-ATH - A320
FLIGHT A3 870 - ATH-WAW - A320

As explained in the previous FR, this flight is a part of my express business trip to Cyprus that took part in December 2018. I ended the previous report while disembarking the first flight and being already anxious about a very short connection time - 40 minutes. At that moment I didn't know yet how the transfer between Schengen and no-Schengen flights in Athens looks like …

ATHENS AIRPORT AND CONNECTING FLIGHTS



When we got to the terminal after a quite long and slow bus ride, we found out that there's no actual transfer corridor to the non-Schengen gates. We've been explained that the only thing we can do is exit the arrivals area, go up to departures and proceed as if we were flying directly from Athens to Larnaca. Ok, I can do that but not having in that moment less than 25 minutes before the next departure. As we had to be in Cyprus that night to start working in the morning there was only one solution: to run as fast as we could. When we got first to the boarding pass check we've been assured by a very relaxed gentlemen that we'll manage to catch our next flight, but…. there was a passport and security control ahead that appeared to be very detailed and made us loose another valuable minutes. Having passed the passport control we discovered our gate to be located in the most possible distant part of the terminal - it all seemed as if someone created this connection to push passengers to their limits and see if they can handle. When we finally got to the gate I felt as if I've just ran a marathon (in Greece, not far by the way form the real Marathon…) but the most important thing was we made it. I've experienced something like that once already, while struggling to catch a connection flight in Zagreb old terminal. The only difference was ZAG was then at least 10 times smaller than ATH, so it was much easier.

THE FLIGHT



I couldn't take any photo while running so I will start the photo part when we are already onboard the second aircraft, watching the safety video with drops of sweat on our foreheads.

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A short taxi and we are airborne again with the lights of Attica disappearing as we turn right towards the sea.

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This flight is an Olympic Air flight that used to be once a national carrier of Greece and now remains more like a name and sentiment than a real airline being in fact a part of Aegean. That's why the flight is operated by Aegean aircraft with Aegean crew and beside the flight number OA910 there's nothing more of Olympic in it. Only the turboprop aircraft have the original Olympic Air livery as they operate on domestic and short international routes. Only domestic and Cyprus bound flights however have the OA code, the other, even if operated by Olympic aircraft, are purely Aegean flights with A3 code… a little bit complicated, isn't it?

I was wondering how the service was going to look like on this 1 hour flight and expected rather a sandwich or snack than the hot meal that arrived. Shortly after reaching the crusing altitude we've been given a strange box and what appeared to be a hot pasta dish!



There was a chocolate bar and a small packet of salty snacks inside the box. The beverage service followed the meal and this time I opted for a white wine and water.

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I must say the pasta was more than good, it was delicious! There were some small pieces of chicken and feta cheese in in, a creamy sauce, some spinach and carrots. It was perfectly warm and I really enjoyed it. My colleague once more couldn't believe we were flying economy… :)

This A320 was equipped with above head screens that dispayed our flight's path and it was nice to know where we were even if 90% of this flight is over the sea.



As the whole flight time was slightly more than an hour we shortly began our descent and reached the island of Cyprus

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We could see the lights of the capital of Cyprus - Nicosia in the distance and just a few moments later, as the distances are short here, we overfly the city of Larnaca. The airport is located in Larnaca and not in Nicosia since the occupation of the northern part of the island by Turkish army in the 1974 (the airport of Nicosia is located in the occupated part).

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After a deep right turn over the see, we safely land in LCA

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Cabin during deboarding

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After a very quick passport control we get to the arrivals area. You can see the direct LOT flight from Warsaw arriving 5 minutes before 3:00 a.m. Because we were supposed to start our meetings in the morning, being here 3 hours in advance, was a real asset.

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Many thanks for reading, the next part will follow soon!
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Verdict

Olympic Air

8.0/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew6.5
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Meal/catering10.0

Athens - ATH

5.3/10
Efficiency2.0
Access5.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Larnaca - LCA

7.5/10
Efficiency8.5
Access6.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Avoid connection flights via Athens with less than 1 hour between the flights as the whole experience may be very stressful, especially while flying to a non-Schengen destination. Aegean/Olympic combo on a short international route of 1:15 appeared to be a great experience as far as the onboard service is concerned. The crew on this particular flight however wasn't very friendly, seemed tired and may have been affected by the rush required by such service on such a short flight.

Information on the route Athens (ATH) Larnaca (LCA)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Athens (ATH) → Larnaca (LCA).


Useful

The airline with the best average rating is Aegean Airlines with 7.6/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 45 minutes.

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5 Comments

  • Comment 483743 by
    Shisdu SILVER 654 Comments

    Hi Loukas, aka Φιλιππίδης 2. XD

    Thanks for re-enacting that old story of Marathon. You only missed the last part, when the poor guy drops dead. :D

    Interesting information about Larnaca and Nicosia. I hope the relationships between boths parts of the island are good!

    I remember I had this huge atlas when I was little kid, with a section of "Flags of the world", and the Cyprus flag was always one of my favorite.

    The meal service looks superb. How I hate AR and latam!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Joy to you! XD

    • Comment 484004 by
      loukas SILVER AUTHOR 292 Comments

      Hi Nechus, Καλημέρα :) I'm glad I'm alive! ;) The Cyrpus flag is cute, that's true. The relationships between the two parts - or rather - between the main Cyprus and Turkey are not very good, I'm afraid and the problems stays unsolved. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Comment 483911 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4783 Comments

    Hi Loukas! Nice report as always!

    Wow, a hot meal on a 1.5 hour flight...Aegean really stands out among Euro carriers here. Too bad the crew weren't very friendly and I think you're right that serving a hot meal in Y on such a short flight can be stressful and rushed, especially on such a late night departure.

    The only thing I don't really like about the whole Olympic/Aegean combo on domestic flights (not sure if they're including Cyprus in "domestic" service) is that the flights are operated as OA, even though the actual metal is Aegean. So you can only get miles on Aegean's programme and not other *A FFPs

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 484005 by
      loukas SILVER AUTHOR 292 Comments

      Hi Kevin! It seems that Cyprus is somehow included into domestic service, strange but it has always been like this. I don't know how the actual miles system works in this particular case, but the whole thing is quite confusing. Thanks for your comment!

  • Comment 484082 by
    hometoyyz SILVER 498 Comments

    Hi Loukas,

    Nice to see this continuation of this series. But yikes… what a start with extreme connection drama. Glad you made your connection, and glad that… uhhh… you got your steps in too. Yeah, let’s look at the positive side of it.

    The catering is quite a surprise — much better than I’d have expected.

    It made me laugh that the overhead screens with the moving map showed an Aegean plane for this Olympic-operated flight. I know, a little detail… but I actually had to look it up to confirm Olympic is a subsidiary of Aegean.

    Thanks for sharing, and hope the rest of the trip goes well. With a lot less transitdrama!

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