Olympiakos, second biggest airline in Greece and part of Aegean Airlines Association (AAA), proudly announced today that its entire Vickers Vanguard fleet has been replaced with modern DC-9-34 jets.
According to the airline's spokesman the new jets are not only much faster and more comfortable, but also require less fuel and need less maintenance. They are slightly smaller than the old Vanguards, but enable Olympiakos to have more frequent flights to its destinations. Flights from Rhodes to Dublin or Dubai now only last approximately 4 hours instead of 5.5 hours.
While the Vickers Vanguards were all scrapped, more than 130 Vickers Viscount aircraft are still in use or leased out. In the course of the last few years, Olympiakos and its partner airline parakalo ordered more than 100 new Vickers Viscounts to replace their older aircrafts. Among aviation experts it is rumored that the Viscounts will be used throughout the new decade until an appropriate new aircraft is constructed that has the same specifications such as range and passenger capacity.
As for now, Olympiakos has 35 DC9 aircraft and 129 Vickers Viscount in active use and serves 83 airports from 5 major Greek airports. Parakalo, the other AAA member, has 113 DC9 and 184 Viscounts in use. This will allow both airlines to have shared aircraft orders in future.