Aegean celebrations linked to its inaugural T2 flight were led by the airline’s Master of Wine and wine buyer, Konstantinos Lazarakis, who delivered a wine tasting and gave out bottles of wine as gifts to passengers to mark the occasion.
In the evening a VIP event was held in La Salle restaurant. Panos Nicolaidis, Ground Operations Director of Aegean Airlinessaid: “We are very proud to operate from this fabulous terminal which sets new standards in passenger travel.” Panos Nicolaidis offered a gift to Andy Garner, T2 Operations and Programme Director as a token of Aegean’s appreciation for Heathrow’s management and employees’ contribution to Aegean’s successful transfer stating: “It is an Aegean aircraft model that has reference to the New Acropolis Museum, a unique site for Athens visitors”.
T2 Operations & Programme Director Andy Garner, stated: ‘This brand new terminal is a £2.5 billion project and home to the Star Alliance group of airlines. What you see around you is the next step in Heathrow’s transformation a terminal named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who officially opened the terminal last month, nearly 60 years after she opened the original terminal building. Passengers are able to shop at 33 retail brands, choose from 17 restaurants including one created by Heston Blumenthal, a Michelin starred chef or seek assistance from a concierge team who speak 38 languages. Over the next 50 years the new Terminal 2 will welcome nearly 1 billion customers. It will be the first impression of the UK for Aegean Airlines passengers and a fantastic welcome for European travellers. UK Regional Manager, Panos Anastasopoulos and Aegean Airlines’ staff have been at the forefront of supporting us in delivering this new passenger experience and we are delighted to welcome them to Terminal 2’.
Aegean Airlines will operate a total of six daily flights, three arrivals and three departures, between Heathrow and Athens. Check-in will be in Zone D. Particular attention has been paid to minimizing the time it takes for arrivals to leave the airport. It only takes a few minutes between leaving the aircraft and arriving at the exit.