Review of Aegean Airlines flight Zurich Athens in Economy

Airline Aegean Airlines
Flight A3 851
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:35
Take-off 23 Aug 19, 11:05
Arrival at 23 Aug 19, 14:40
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loukas
By SILVER 573
Published on 18th October 2019

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 2nd report from my latest series covering a holiday trip to Greece. Here is the full flight plan:

23.08.2019 - WAW-ZRH - LO 411, E-195
23.08.2019 - ZRH-ATH - A3 851, A-320
31.08.2019 - ATH-VIE - OS 804, A-320
31.08.2019 - VIE-WAW - OS 631, DH4

After a nice flight onboard LOT E-95 we arrived to ZRH for what was supposed to be a 1:30 stopover. I've been to Zurich airport before and I find it very correct, always clean nad providing all the necessary things and good spotting facilities.

Our gate is still closed as the aircraft is not here yet


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As I wrote before, ZRH is good for spotters as it has large windows with good access to them and a great tarmac view.

2 Austrian A320 in different liveries


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Swiss A321


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Easyjet


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And my Aegean A320 arriving from Athens



Air Serbia A319 departing to BEG


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And Air Baltic A220-300 to RIX


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SP-LNA that brought me here is taxiing for departure back home


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Last look on our bird before boarding


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When flying in 4, there is always a problem with how to seat to fly togehter. Normally, when I have a possibility to choose or change seats, I take 2 x window&middle in the same row but this time it wasn't possible to change seats assigned by the airline - one full ABC row and 1 window seat in front that happened to be the emergency exit row and my seat with plenty of legroom :)


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Unfortunately my window is a little bit dirty and foggy and will remain like this during the entire flight, so the only option is to use the back window that I have a small access to.


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Standard Aegean A320 cabin with overhead screens


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Short taxi to the runway and I'm airborne one more time today. My seat has one more disadvantage - it's very noisy as the emergency exit produces some strange sounds during climbing


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Some views of the Alps - another disadvantage of the exit row seat: the wing covers most of the view!



Here is when the best part of any Aegean flight comes - the service! As expected, we receive a hot meal (this time it's pasta bolognese) with hot roll, butter, cream cheese, crackers and Greek sesame bar "pasteli". It goes well with wine and water.


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After the main service, there is time for tea/coffee


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I'm impressed with A3 service every time I fly with them. the main dish may not look exceptionally but it was tasty and let's not forget we are on a 2:20 European flight where other airlines offer a glass of water or nothing. The service is also well organized, trash is collected before serving tea/coffee, the 100% female cabin crew is very polite and professional.
Our flight path is very straight today, after crossing the Alps and flying over north Italy, we continue southwards till the end of Italian peninsula and will cross the Adriatic sea between Otranto and the island of Corfu.


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Time for the seat pocket contents. In my opinion Aegean should change finally the fleet section in the inflight magazine as well as the destinations map.


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The safety card


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Aircraft models available in the shop on board catalogue


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We are slowly approaching Greece and flying over the island of Corfu


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Already over Peloponnese and descending


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The island of Poros


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South part of Athens seen minutes before landing through my foggy window. You can spot the old airport - Elliniko


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Seconds from touchdown


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Our parking position next to this Austrian A-321


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Waiting for the luggage to come and we can start our holiday :)


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Many thanks for reading! Next part will come soon with some bonus from Athens, Tinos and Mykonos islands.

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Verdict

Aegean Airlines

8.1/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Meal/catering10.0

Zurich - ZRH

7.6/10
Efficiency8.5
Access5.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Athens - ATH

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Aegean is still my favourite European airiline with exceptional service in economy class, professional cabin crew and well maintained aircraft. ZRH is a good airport for connecting flights, the whole process is very easy. ATH - as always a little bit messy but I got used to it.

Information on the route Zurich (ZRH) Athens (ATH)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 7 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Zurich (ZRH) → Athens (ATH).


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The airline with the best average rating is SWISS with 7.8/10.

The average flight time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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