Trip To Crete
Planning a Trip to Crete
Review: Lufthansa Business Class Seattle to Frankfurt on a 747-400
Review: Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Athens
Review: Aegean Business Class Athens to Heraklion
Musings on Crete
Aegean Business Class Athens to Heraklion
Aegean Airlines is one of Greece’s two major airlines, the other being Olympic Air. It operates a fleet of mostly smaller Airbus planes, flying mostly within Europe.
The flight from Athens to Heraklion, on the island of Crete, is short; the flight is booked at 55 minutes, and take-off to landing is about 35 minutes. Possibly for this reason, not many people fly business class on this route. While we were boarding, some people seemed confused about business class passengers being boarded first, even though other people were first in line. And once on board, we discovered that we were the only passengers in the business class cabin. This earned us some death glares, but not as many as when we landed at Heraklion. More on that in a bit.
Aegean follows standard European practice for short-haul business class, and uses a 3×3 configuration for seating, except that the middle seat in each section is blocked out, so there are a total of 4 seats per row. The seats are not any more comfortable than economy class, except that you’re guaranteed not to have someone sitting next to you.
Once airborne, the business class flight attendant offered drinks and a snack. The snack was quite tasty, and consisted of some finger sandwiches featuring different kinds of meat.
Given how good this snack was, I’d be interested to try Aegean Airlines on a longer flight, to see what kind of catering they offer. As it was, this was the perfect little bite for such a short flight.
In no time, we were beginning our descent into Heraklion. The airport at Heraklion has no jetways; all planes are parked at remote stands and passengers are bused in, except for a couple of positions closest to the terminal from which passengers are allowed to walk. When we disembarked, we found two large people-mover buses waiting, and we boarded the first one. Much to our surprise, as soon as boarded, the doors closed and we were taken, all by ourselves, to the terminal; the economy class passengers used the second bus (and likely the first after dropping us off).
This was an interesting and fun bit of courtesy which earned us yet more death glares as we were waiting for our luggage in the terminal.
The terminal at Heraklion is small and very dated, and somewhat chaotic. Nonetheless we were able to pretty quickly acquire a rental car and head off to our hotel for the night.