The 2008-09 European regional airline of the year is Aegean Airlines of Greece, which has won the award for the second time. COO Antonis Simigdalas (second from left) insisted that his senior management team be present at last month’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Manchester (UK) to accept the award. Ireland’s CityJet and Norwegian operator Widerøe placed second and third, respectively.
Greek regional airline Aegean Airways has surfaced as one of six bidders for the country’s ailing flag carrier, Olympic Airways. Aegean will compete for the rights to the airline with Olympic Investors; New Wings, led by Greek businessman Pavlos Vardinoyiannis; Golden Aviation, led by Greek shipping tycoon Spiros Restis; Chrysler Aviation; and Wexford Group, owner of U.S.-based Chautauqua Airlines.
Aegean Airlines chief operating officer Antonis Simigdalas has to rummage among framed certificates stacked by his desk to find the Greek regional’s independent air-carrier licence (ACL), the first issued in Greece. A man in a hurry, the airline executive has had no time to mount the document on his Athens office wall.
Aegean Airlines, host carrier at this month’s European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in Athens, has an eye on opportunities in Eastern European and Middle East markets, according to Aegean COO Antonis Simigdalas, who is also president of ERA. He told AIN that the airline is “geared for such developments, through its fleet plans, traffic-rights applications and economic stability and planning.”
Two Mediterranean airlines have selected cockpit and cabin avionics from Rockwell Collins, the avionics maker announced Monday. Aegean Airlines of Greece and Buraq Air, a private airline based in Libya, are opting for Rockwell Collins’ WXR-2100 MultiScan weather radar, VHF-2100 radios, GLU-925 multi-mode receiver, Paves audio/video entertainment system, Airshow 4200 moving map display and other components.