Aegean Airlines is the Greek largest one since 2007, in terms of the total number of passengers carried. Its main base is Athens International Airport in Athens, with secondary hubs at Thessaloniki International Airport "Macedonia", Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" and Larnaca International Airport. It has its head office in Kifisia, Athens Prefecture.
Aegean Airlines was founded as Aegean Aviation in 1987. It was originally a VIP/business air operation specialising in executive and air ambulance services. In 1992, Aegean Aviation became the first private airline in Greece with an air operator"s certificate. 2 years later, it was united with Vassilakis Group of Companies. In March 1999 Aegean Airlines was established and the first flights were performed 2 months later. At the end of that year, Aegean Airlines acquired Air Greece. Aegean Airlines joined forces with Cronus Airlines in 2001 and has expanded its network as well as its fleet by then. Several new destinations have been added thanks to code share with other airlines. It has been listed in Athens Exchange since 2007. In 2010, Aegean Airlines joins Star Alliance network. Although the main shareholders of Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines agreed to the merger of their respective activities, this proposal was abandoned as it didn’t receive approval from The European Commission.
Aegean Airlines flies to 34 destinations in Greece and also internationally, mainly within Europe.
Its domestic top destinations include: Heraklion, Thessaloniki and Corfu. Others consist of: Alexandroupolis, Athens, Chania, Kalamata, Kos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini and Sitia.
International top routes are Larnaca, Paris and Moscow. Also, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Munich, Milan, Madrid, Rome, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Venice and Vienna.
In 2007, the airline ordered a combined total of 27 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft to replace the older Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft in the fleet. The last Boeing 737 was phased out in February 2010. Aegean has the youngest fleet in the region of Balkans and South-Eastern Europe. Aegean Airlines fleet consists of 22 AIRBUS A320, 4 AIRBUS A321 and 3 AIRBUS A319
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