Aegean Airlines A3
Aegean Airlines began scheduled passenger operations in May 1999, following the liberalisation of the Greek domestic market. The strategy of the company at its inception and to date is to provide full service, premium quality short and medium haul services.
In December 1999, expanding rapidly, Aegean bought Air Greece while in 2001 the company merged with another Greek carrier Cronus Airlines, a move that also marked its entry in international routes. Following its increasing acceptance by its customers Aegean became by 2005 the leading carrier on domestic routes. In 2005 Aegean reached an agreement with Lufthansa to become its partner in Greece. After four years of profitable operation Aegean was listed on the Athens stock exchange in July 2007, raising additional funds to support for fleet and network development. In 2008 through its gradual expansion of its international network, and its consistent delivery of high quality services Aegean became the largest Greek airline by passenger numbers. On June 30, 2010 Aegean joined Star Alliance.
Another important milestone was in 2005 when Aegean reached an agreement with Airbus to fully renew its fleet with new A320 family aircraft. The fleet renewal and improvement process facilitated network expansion and also contributes to the airline’s customer appeal in terms of punctuality, service and comfort. Aegean took the first deliveries in 2007 while since May 2011 the company operates for the first time in its history with a homogeneous fleet consisting of 29 Airbus (A319, A320, A321) with an average age of 3 years.
AEGEAN was named “Best Regional Airline Europe” at the SKYTRAX 2011 World Airline Awards and was the runner-up in the “World’s Best Regional Airline” category, in “Airline Staff Service Excellence for Europe” category as well as in “Best Airline Southern Europe” category. In its 12 year history, Aegean has been awarded six times by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Furthermore, the company has been repeatedly awarded by the Athens International Airport as the greatest contributor to the airport’s passenger volume increase.