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Olympic-Gulf Air Agreement for Athens-Sydney

Flights to Australia from Greece are to start again from November 23, nearly a year after they were suspended, thanks to a deal between Olympic Airways and Gulf Air, the managing directors of the two carriers announced in early September.

Air France-KLM Deal Just the Beginning

Air France's planned takeover of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which would create Europe's largest airline, may just be the beginning of a trend as airline carriers look to ways to cooperate and cut costs after two years of extensive losses.

Hellas Jet Officially in the Air

Greece's newest airline, Hellas Jet, held its first meet last month to officially inaugurate its airline and flights from Athens to Brussels, London, Zurich and Paris as it finally received all necessary licenses. Company officials said the carrier would claim a leading role in...

Olympic Airways Becomes Olympic Airlines

Olympic Airways is about to be molded into slimmer carrier and renamed Olympic Airlines. The launch date of the new company has not been announced but is expected to follow soon after passage of the pertinent bill now in parliament.

Snowflake Announces Daily Flights

A schedule of daily flights from Athens as of next March was announced last month by the low-cost airline Snowflake, a subsidiary of SAS, during a reception held at the Swedish embassy here. Presently, Snowflake flies from Athens to Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Amadeus Handles Eurostar Bookings

Eurostar, the leading high speed passenger rail company serving the UK, France and Belgium, has chosen to expand distribution of its rail services through the Amadeus global distribution system, via the same neutral display used by airlines. Eurostar can now be booked...

Info Movies on Airport Shuttle Buses

Passengers on Athens airport shuttle buses will soon have the opportunity to watch venue and location information movies on the bus, in both Greek and English.

Sabre Travel Network Launches Exclusive Hotels Program in Europe

Sabre Travel Network brings to Europe its Sabre Exclusives hotels program, which was launched in the U.S. last year. The company will negotiate discounted rates with participating hotels and make these available through the Sabre global distribution system to its network of...

Airotel Group Renames Riva Unit

The Athens-based Airotel group renames its Riva unit after the group's founder, Stratos Vasilikos. The Stratos Vasilikos Hotel on Mihalako-poulou, after being closed for a radical renovation program, will reopen in the early part of next year, in lots of time for the 2004 Games.

Hellas Jet Up and Away Complete with Aegean Cooperation

When Cyprus Airways failed in its efforts to take over Olympic Airways back in 2001, it decided on a counter move and launched its own Athens-based carrier, Hellas Jet, which got off the ground on June 24. The new carrier hopes to undercut Olympic by 15 percent, says the...