New Agreement Allows More Options for Customers Between Greece and the United States
TEMPE, Ariz., Jun 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) and Aegean Airlines customers will soon enjoy greater travel options between Greece and the U.S. thanks to a new bilateral codeshare agreement announced today between the two Star Alliance partners. The agreement is subject to both U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Greek government approval.
US Airways customers will have access to Athens, the political and cultural capital of Greece, as well as Thessolaniki, Greece, via Aegean Airlines service from London Heathrow, Munich, Germany and Rome. Customers will also have the chance to visit the mythical Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Kos, and Rhodes as well as Larnaca, Cyprus, through Aegean Airlines' hub in Athens.
Aegean Airlines customers will be able to fly nonstop to Philadelphia via US Airways' seasonal service to Athens. They can also take advantage of numerous connecting opportunities to the airline's international gateway of Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., from Paris Charles De Gaulle, Madrid, Spain, Frankfurt, Germany, Rome, London Heathrow, Munich, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium.
Customers of both carriers can also expect the same convenient and seamless booking, ticketing and baggage experience as with all codeshare flying.
US Airways' Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning, Andrew Nocella, said, "US Airways continues to bring convenient air travel and numerous connecting opportunities to our customers. We're excited to announce this additional link between the U.S. and Greece. And, thanks to Star Alliance membership, customers may also accrue and redeem Dividend Miles on Aegean Airlines-operated flights and enjoy lounges access in Athens, Larnaca and Thessolaniki."
"Aegean Airlines continues to expand its codeshare strategy across the world. The agreement with US Airways increases travel options for Greek passengers and offers U.S. travelers seamless access, via Athens, to the most popular Greek destinations," said Aegean Airlines' Chief Executive Officer, Dimitris Gerogiannis, adding, "This agreement also supports our commitment towards constantly improving the travel experience of our passengers and clearly shows another benefit of being a part of the Star Alliance."
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,300 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010. For the sixth year in a row, the airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index, a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. US Airways also ranked #1 among its competing hub-and-spoke network carriers for 2010 performance as rated by the Wichita State University/Purdue University Airline Quality Rating (AQR). For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG)
About Aegean Airlines
Aegean Airlines carried 6.23 million passengers in 2010. Since June 30, 2010 it is a member of the strongest worldwide airline alliance, Star Alliance. Aegean has been named "Best Regional Airline Europe" at the Skytrax 2011 World Airline Awards and it is 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 2009, Aegean had also won theSkytraxAwardfor the"Best Regional Airline Europe." 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. Aegean operates 35 international and 24 domestic routes during the IATA 2011 Summer season, without taking into account a significant number of international destinations served by its charter operations.
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