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Greece is a country in south-eastern Europe, occupying the southernmost part of the Balkan Peninsula and numerous islands. It is bordered on the northwest by Albania, on the north by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and by Bulgaria, on the northeast by Turkey, on the east by the Aegean Sea, on the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the west by the Ionian Sea. The total area is 131,957 sq km (50,949 sq mi), of which about one-fifth is composed of islands in the Aegean and Ionian seas. Athens is the capital and largest city
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January 19, 2017Air Mediterranean has been granted its AOC by the Greek authorities [status change]
December 29, 2016orange2fly, established in Sep2015, started operations in 2016 [status change]
December 29, 2016Olympus Airways was formed on the 07Apr2015 & started operations in 2016 [status change]

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Operating DatesStatus
Aegean Airlines  updated

1999 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : Aegean Airlines first flight from Athens to Heraklion and Thessaloniki on 28May1999 [AEGEAN AIRLINES was an Athens based regional airline that was formed as AEGEAN AVIATION. This was VIP/business air operation Renamed to current name when scheduled services started. Merged with Air Greece and retains titles and colours] [AEGEAN AIRLINES was renamed from AEGEAN CRONUS AIRLINES after the full integration of the two airlines. ACA was the name given to the merged AEGEAN AIRLINES and CRONUS AIRLINES in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Aegean Aviation >Aegean Airlines + Cronus Airlines =>Aegean Cronus Airline >Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines (Aeroporia Aigaiou)   

2002 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Aegean Aviation >Aegean Airlines + Cronus Airlines =>Aegean Cronus Airline >Aegean Airlines

Aegean Aviation  updated

1977* - 1999

Renamed

^ Comments : Aegean Aviation was formed in 1977 [AEGEAN AIRLINES is an Athens based regional airline that was formed as AEGEAN AVIATION. This was VIP/business air operation Renamed to current name when scheduled services started. . Merged with AIR GREECE but retains titles and colours]. [AEGEAN AIRLINES was renamed from AEGEAN CRONUS AIRLINES after the full integration of the two airlines. ACA was the name given to the merged AEGEAN AIRLINES and CRONUS AIRLINES in 2001}.

^ Genealogy : Aegean Aviation >Aegean Airlines + Cronus Airlines =>Aegean Cronus Airline >Aegean Airlines

Aegean Cronus Airlines   

2001 - 2002

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Aegean Aviation >Aegean Airlines + Cronus Airlines =>Aegean Cronus Airline >Aegean Airlines

Aeolian Airlines   

2011 - date

Active

^ Comments : Aeolian Airlines was founded in Feb2011 and commenced operations in Mar2011

^ Genealogy :  

Aero Metafora Ellados   

1951* - 1951

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Olympic Airlines

Aerogenesis Air Services   

(2011)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aeroland   

2005 - 2012

Inactive

^ Comments : Aeroland was a low-cost freight carrier.formed in 2000

^ Genealogy :  

Aerospace One   

2013 - 2013

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Afrek   

1976 - 1983

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Agapitos Airlines   

1997* - 1998*

Renamed

^ Comments : Kara Air was previously known as Agapitos Airlines

^ Genealogy : Agapitos Airlines >Kara Air

Air Cruise   

(2006)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air go   

2008 - 2011

Inactive

^ Comments : Air go started operations in Sep2008 & ceased its operations at the end of Oct2011

^ Genealogy :  

Air Greece   

1994 - 1999

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Greece was formed in 1994

^ Genealogy : Air Greece >>Aegean Airlines + Cronus Airlines =>Aegean Cronus Airline >Aegean Airlines

Air Heliades   

2000* - 2000*

Status?

^ Comments : Air Heliades operated charter flights around 2000

^ Genealogy :  

Air Intersalonika   

1998* - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Manos   

1999 - 2000*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Mediterranean   

2017 >

Planned

^ Comments : Air Mediterranean has been granted its AOC by the Greek authorities

^ Genealogy :  

Air Miles   

2002* - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments : Air Miles was formed in 2002

^ Genealogy :  

Air Power   

1997* - 2000*

Status?

^ Comments : Air Power was formed in 1997

^ Genealogy :  

AirSea Lines   

2004 - 2009

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Alexandair   

2005 - 2007

Inactive

^ Comments : Alexandair was formed in 2005 & ceased operations on 07Feb2007

^ Genealogy :  

Apollo Airlines (Apollo Airways)   

1995 - 1997

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Argo Airways   

2009 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Armadora   

1998* - 1998*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Astra Airlines   

2008 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Athens Airways   

2009 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aviator Airways   

1996* - date

Active

^ Comments : Aviator Airways was formed in 1992

^ Genealogy :  

Axon Airlines   

1998 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments : Axon Airlines ceased operations in late 2001 due to financial problems, probably the terrorist attack in the USA

^ Genealogy : Cosmos Airlines >Axon Airlines

Blue Star   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

BlueBird Airways   

2008 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ciel Airlines   

(2010)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Cosmos Airlines   

1998 - 1998

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Cosmos Airlines >Axon Airlines

Cretan Airlines   

1991* - 1995

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Cretan Airways   

(2001*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Cronus Airlines   

1994 - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : Cronus was founded in 1994 & began operations in Apr1994. Fully integrated under the Aegean Airlines brand on 28Oct2001 [AEGEAN AIRLINES was renamed from AEGEAN CRONUS AIRLINES after the full integration of the two airlines. ACA was the name given to the merged AEGEAN AIRLINES and CRONUS AIRLINES in 2001]

^ Genealogy : Aegean Aviation >Aegean Airlines + Cronus Airlines =>Aegean Cronus Airline >Aegean Airlines

Electra Airlines   

2000 - 2003

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Elite Airlines   

(2008)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

EllinAir   

2014 - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Epsilon Aviation   

2008* - date

Active

^ Comments : Epsilon Aviation is a cargo, passenger & ambulance services out of Athens International Airport (ATH)

^ Genealogy :  

Euro Mediterranean Airways (Mediterranean Airways)   

1992 - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

EuroAir   

1995 - 2009

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

First Airways   

2011 - 2012

Renamed

^ Comments : Minoan Air was established in Sep2011 as First Airways. Received its AOC in Dec2011. Launched services on 01Jun2012 & ceased in Nov2015

^ Genealogy : First Airways >Minoan Air

Fly Hellas   

2011 - 2011

Inactive

^ Comments : Fly Hellas operations commenced on 01Feb2010 with a single McDonnell Douglas MD-83 as Viking Hellas Aviation. Ceased operations on 05Dec2011

^ Genealogy : Viking Hellas Aviation >Fly Hellas

Free Airways   

2009 - 2010*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

G.A.T. (Greek Air Transport)(Hellenic Airlines)   

1947* - 1951

Renamed

^ Comments : GAT (Hellenic Airlines) was formed in 1947 & merged into TAE-Greek National Airlines in 1951

^ Genealogy : T.A.E. + Hellas + GAT =>TAE-Greek National Airlines.>Olympic Airways >Olympic Airlines +>Olympic Air

GainJet   

2006* - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Galaxy Airways   

1999 - 2001

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Gee Bee Air   

2003 - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Greece Airways   

2004 - 2006

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Greenjet Airlines   

(2013)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

HEES (Helliniki Etairia Enaerion Sygkoinonion)   

1931 - 1940

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellas   

1951* - 1951

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : T.A.E. + Hellas + GAT =>TAE-Greek National Airlines.>Olympic Airways >Olympic Airlines +>Olympic Air

Hellas Airlines   

(2013)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellas Aviation   

(2009)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellas Jet   

2003 - 2010

Inactive

^ Comments : Hellas Jet first flight was operated from Athens on 24Jun2003

^ Genealogy :  

Hellas Wings   

1998* - 2006*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellenic Air   

1999* - 1999*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellenic Imperial Airways   

2007 - 2012

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellenic Seaplanes   

(2016)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hellenic Star Airlines   

1999* - 2006*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hermes Airlines   

2011 - 2016

Renamed

^ Comments : Hermes Airlines was formed on the 24May2011. Ceased operations on 15Feb2016 but hopes to restart

^ Genealogy :  

Interjet Hellenic Aviation   

1992 - 2013

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ionia Air   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ionian Airways (Ionian Airlines)   

(2006)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jonian Airways   

1971 - 1972

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

JP Air   

(2007)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

KAL Aviation (Calavia)   

1993* - 2000*

Renamed

^ Comments : KAL Aviation was an Athens based air taxi operator using BN Islander aircraft

^ Genealogy : +>Epsilon Aviation

Kara Air   

(1998*)

Began?

^ Comments : Kara Air was previously known as Agapitos Airlines

^ Genealogy : Agapitos Airlines >Kara Air

Macedonian Airlines   

(2010)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Macedonian Airlines   

1992* - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Macedonian Airlines + Olympic Aviation + Olympic Airways >Olympic Airlines

Mediterranean Air Freight   

2003 - 2007

Renamed

^ Comments : Swiftair Hellas is an Athens based cargo carrierthat was founded as Mediterranean Air Freight in 2002

^ Genealogy : Mediterranean Air Freight >Swiftair Hellas

Meelad Air   

2008 - 2014*

Inactive

^ Comments : Meelad Air was established in Jordan, but applied in May2009 to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority for an AOC, which it received on 08Mar2011

^ Genealogy :  

Mido Aviation Group   

(2002)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Minoan Air   

2013 - 2015

Inactive

^ Comments : Minoan Air was established in Sep2011 as First Airways. Received its AOC in Dec2011. Launched services on 01Jun2012 & ceased in Nov2015

^ Genealogy : First Airways >Minoan Air

Naxosair   

2017 >

Planned

^ Comments : Naxosair intends to start operations in 2017

^ Genealogy :  

Olympic Air   

2009 - date

Active

^ Comments : Olympic Air was rebranded from Pantheon Airways (2008-2008). Commenced limited operations on 29Sep2009, after Olympic Airlines ceased all operations

^ Genealogy : Pantheon Airways >Olympic Air

Olympic Airlines   

2003 - 2009

Inactive

^ Comments : State-owned airline Olympic Airlines ceased operation on 29Sep2009 and is replaced Olympic Air, which commenced operations on the same day

^ Genealogy : Olympic Airways +>Olympic Air

Olympic Airways   

1957 - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments : Olympic Airways was created by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, from the ashes of bankrupt state airline T. A. E. on 06Apr1957. Renamed to Olympic Airlines on 12Dec2003

^ Genealogy : T.A.E. + Hellas + GAT =>TAE-Greek National Airlines.>Olympic Airways >Olympic Airlines +>Olympic Air

Olympic Aviation   

1971 - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : +>Olympic Air

Olympus Airways   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : Olympus Airways was formed on the 07Apr2015 & started operations in 2016

^ Genealogy :  

orange2fly   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : orange2fly was established in Sep2015 & took delivery of its first aircraft, an A.320-200, in Jun2016. Started operations in 2016

^ Genealogy :  

Pantheon Airways   

2008 - 2008

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Pantheon Airways >Olympic Air

Princess Airlines   

1998* - 1999

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Venus Airlines >Princess Airlines

Rhodian Air   

(2016)

Began?

^ Comments : Rhodian Air is a Rhodes-based start-up looking to commence island-hopper flights throughout the region in 2016

^ Genealogy :  

SEEA (South East European Airways)   

1993* - 1994

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sky Express   

2005 - date

Active

^ Comments : Sky Express operations started in Jul2005

^ Genealogy :  

Sky Wings  updated

2006 - 2012

Inactive

^ Comments : Sky Wings was established as a joint venture between Greek investors and Ukrainian charter carrier Khors Aircompany in 2004. Initially operated exclusively for tour operator Seguro Holidays. Operations started Feb2006 & suspended on 15Nov2012

^ Genealogy :  

Skybus Airways   

1995 - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Skygreece Airlines   

2014 - 2015

Inactive

^ Comments : Skygreece Airlines suspended operations following a series of transatlantic flight cancellations on 27Aug2015

^ Genealogy :  

Summer Express   

Mid 1990s

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Swiftair Hellas   

2007 - date

Active

^ Comments : Swiftair Hellas is an Athens based cargo carrierthat was founded as Mediterranean Air Freight in 2002

^ Genealogy : Mediterranean Air Freight >Swiftair Hellas

T.A.E. (Technical and Aeronautical Exploitations)   

1951 - 1951

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : T.A.E. + Hellas + GAT =>TAE-Greek National Airlines.>Olympic Airways >Olympic Airlines +>Olympic Air

TAE-Greek National Airlines   

1951 - 1957

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : T.A.E. + Hellas + GAT =>TAE-Greek National Airlines.>Olympic Airways >Olympic Airlines +>Olympic Air

TEA Airlines   

1998* - 1998*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Transeuropean Airlines   

2004* - 2004*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Venus Airlines   

1993* - 1998*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Venus Airlines >Princess Airlines

Ver-Avia   

2002* - 2009*

Inactive

^ Comments : Ver-Avia was an Athens based freight carrier

^ Genealogy : +>Epsilon Aviation

Viking Hellas Aviation   

2010 - 2011

Renamed

^ Comments : Fly Hellas operations commenced on 01Feb2010 with a single McDonnell Douglas MD-83 as Viking Hellas Aviation. Ceased operations on 05Dec2011

^ Genealogy : Viking Hellas Aviation >Fly Hellas

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