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Evaluation: AEGEAN Airways Enterprise Class

Celebrating a milestone yr – its twenty fifth in enterprise – AEGEAN Airways has seen robust development since its inception in 1999 when it had simply two plane and flew to solely two locations from Athens. Now flying to 47 international locations and priding itself in selling lesser-known Greek locations and native merchandise, this Star Alliance member caters for the nonetheless undiscovered Greece in addition to the well-known. In the present day, the airline continues to develop its horizons, most just lately ordering 4 A321neo LR plane which may cowl distances of as much as 7.5 hours, making the Persian Gulf, India and Central Africa accessible from Greece.

The aircraft and route

We flew Enterprise Class on an Airbus A320-200 on a direct service from Manchester (MAN) to Athens (ATH), in addition to from Athens to Manchester.


There’s a beneficiant baggage allowance of two x 32kg instances for the maintain, and a 13kg bag plus a private merchandise on-board. On condition that we had been staying in Athens for simply 5 nights, the latter was greater than ample for us, so we had been in a position to verify in on-line and head straight for the Quick Monitor path to safety, with out the necessity to verify any luggage, though we did name on the desk simply to get printed boarding passes.

Lounge entry

From Manchester, AEGEAN fly out of Terminal 2, with Enterprise Class passengers getting access to the Escape Lounge.

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There’s a prolonged bar (in addition to a smaller one which was closed on the time of our morning go to), loads of cooked breakfast choices, in addition to fruit, yoghurts, pastries, tea/espresso, and many others.

Out of Athens, AEGEAN’s main base, there’s a comparatively new lounge (opened in 2022) that was significantly extra trendy and extra spacious. Once more, we had an early flight and I believe it had not lengthy since opened after we arrived, so it was very quiet and felt very spacious.

There was a big island with muffins and pastries, and services for warm drinks.

There are additionally a spread of seating choices – snug sofas in addition to tables with extra upright seating,extra suited to performing some work.

There have been additionally intensive further meals choices – sandwiches, wraps, mini burgers, mini souvlaki and extra – in addition to chilled drinks.

Recliners will be discovered overlooking the airport apron – good for anybody needing some relaxation if dealing with a delayed flight or a extra prolonged layover.

The seat

On every flight, there have been 4 rows of enterprise class seats on this service, with three seats on both sides of the aisle. The center seat of the three has a cabin separator, reserved as a central desk, which means 16 Enterprise Class seats in whole. In addition to this further width, the extra leg room is after all a significant plus. The seats additionally recline round 4-5 inches, greater than sufficient to get a little bit slumber, and all you want actually for brief haul flights.

In-flight leisure

The AEGEAN Portal provides entry to free leisure content material, together with films, information, documentaries, music, a transferring map and a collection of video games, through WiFi. There may be free Stream WiFi possibility on board for Enterprise Class passengers, offering speeds of as much as 15Mbps. Along with your gadget flight-mode enabled, you’ll merely join through or scan the QR code displayed on the again of the seat in entrance of you.

It is just a brief flight (lower than 4 hours outbound), nonetheless, so if you happen to take a e book or pre-load a tool with a film or two, you may simply go the time. The present challenge of the inflight journal, fly sensible blue, consisted of over 300 pages; unsurprisingly, maybe, there are many advertisements, however there are nonetheless a great variety of articles, and this version included one detailing Athens’ new culinary tasks, as nicely in-depth items on Chios, Marseille, Vilnius, Andalusia, Rhodes and South Chania – all simply accessible through AEGEAN’s route community, after all.

Food and drinks

For our outbound flight, breakfast on board consisted of a recent fruit platter with Manouri cheese, plus a alternative of a morning roll or croissant, with butter and a strawberry marmalade. There was additionally a scorching entrée alternative by Govt Chef Lefteris Lazzarou of Omelet with Smoked Rooster, Leek, Mushrooms and Thyme (pictured) or Omelet ‘Stourgato’ with Smoked Salmon and Spicy Tomato Sauce.

For our return, we had the collection of pastries.

There’s a daily drinks service, too, with a collection of drinks to select from, together with native drinks of ouzo and tsipouro, plus eight totally different Greek wines to select from (had it not been morning, I’d have presumably been tempted by one!).

The Gastronomics crew behind the AEGEAN Enterprise Class expertise contains a few of Greece’s most distinguished Govt Cooks, together with Christafaros Peskias and Alexandros Tsiantinis, Pastry Chef Stelios Parilaros and Grasp of Wine Konstantinos Lazarakis.

The price

Out of season, you may journey Enterprise Class from Manchester to Athens and again for as little as €461.90 per individual That is primarily based on a seek for subsequent January. In peak season, you may count on to pay greater than €1,000 per individual for a roundtrip Enterprise Class fare.

Miles+Bonus – AEGEAN’s personal frequent flyer program – rewards loyal prospects with miles for flights and different actions. Members can redeem these miles for varied advantages, akin to free flights, upgrades and different providers. This system is split into three tiers: Blue, Silver and Gold.

Frequent flyers may also prefer to look into the AEGEAN Cross which permits passengers to create their very own flight bundle and safe costs for a complete yr, with limitless ticket modifications. You’ll be able to customise your AEGEAN Cross by choosing a route or group of routes that fit your wants, the variety of flights you favor, and the minimal variety of days previous to the flight’s departure. It will afford you further distinctive advantages akin to the utmost Miles+Bonus Award and Tiers Miles for Economic system Class Flex fare with every flight booked.

The service and last ideas

As anticipated, the cabin crew had been pleasant {and professional}.

The arrival in Athens was very environment friendly and made an actual distinction with how shortly we had been in a position to make it to town centre. Enterprise Class passengers had been in a position to disembark very quicly after taxiing to the gate and make their option to a bus that took simply the 16 of us to the airport constructing instantly, somewhat than ready for different passengers. This proved to be a significant plus.

Once we reached passport management, there was no queue by any means, so we had been by way of customs and making our option to the centre of Athens in a matter of minutes.

Total, flying Enterprise Class with AEGEAN had been a extremely pleasant expertise. The spacious seating and the superb high quality of the lounge in Athens had been two key attributes that basically stood out. The swift and environment friendly arrival in Athens was additionally a significant plus, saving us beneficial time and permitting us to begin our journey immediately.

Disclosure: Our journey was sponsored by AEGEAN Airways.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxurious Journey Weblog and has labored within the journey business for greater than 30 years. He’s Winner of the Improvements in Journey ‘Greatest Journey Influencer’ Award from WIRED journal. Along with different awards, the weblog has additionally been voted “one of many world’s greatest journey blogs” and “greatest for luxurious” by The Telegraph.

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