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  • Aegean Airlines joins attack on Olympic

    News | 28 Apr 1999 00:00

    <p>Julian Moxon/ATHENS</p> <p>Greek scheduled carrier Aegean Airlines has taken delivery of the first two of up to four British Aerospace Avro RJ100s, as it joins the attack on the former monopoly of state-owned Olympic Airlines. </p> <p>Aegean will begin operating scheduled services with the aircraft to Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania and Rhodes on 31 May. </p> <p>General manager Antonis Symigdalas says the airline is evaluating several more routes, with a decision on how to proceed due this year. "We're aiming at providing a high-class business service that currently doesn't exist in this country. If things go according to plan, we may increase the size of the fleet," he says. "We believe six aircraft is the right number to get the maximum economy of scale." </p> <p>The airline was the first in Greece to obtain an air operators licence, in 1992. It has since been running an international charter operation and waiting for the end of the European Commission's (EC) five-year extensihttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Aegean-Airlines-joins-attack-on-Olympic-50601/