Evaluation: Aegean Airways Enterprise Class Airbus A321

After three nights on the spectacular Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, it was time to fly to Athens, the final cease on our 5 nation European journey. Whereas I had visited Greece earlier this summer time, on this case we have been simply briefly returning for a marriage.

How I redeemed miles for Aegean Airways enterprise class

We wanted to fly from Amsterdam to Athens, and fortuitously Aegean Airways had loads of award availability on the next flight:

07/22 A3625 Amsterdam to Athens departing 12:05PM arriving 4:20PM

Aegean Airways is a part of the Star Alliance, so we have been in a position to redeem Air Canada Aeroplan factors (transfered from Amex Membership Rewards) for this reservation. The ticket value 25,000 Aeroplan factors plus $73 in taxes & charges per individual. Whereas not my finest award redemption ever, it was handy, and an economic system ticket would have value over $300 per individual.

Aegean Airways check-in & boarding

We arrived at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at round 10:30AM, simply over 90 minutes earlier than departure. The airport was fairly busy, however we shortly discovered Aegean Airways’ check-in desk. There was no queue within the enterprise class and Star Alliance Gold line, so we have been helped inside a second.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport check-in corridor
Aegean Airways check-in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

We have been issued boarding passes for an 11:25AM boarding. Our flight was departing from gate B23, and we have been additionally invited to make use of the Aspire Lounge, although we didn’t find yourself utilizing it, however moderately determined to move straight to the gate and get some work achieved on our laptops.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport departure corridor

Our Aegean Airways A321 was already parked on the gate, and the gate space was extraordinarily crowded.

Aegean Airways Airbus A321

Boarding ended up beginning at 11:10AM — quarter-hour forward of schedule — and was a large number. Group 1 and Group 4 have been invited to board first. The largest drawback was that there was no approach to truly stand up to the gate. There have been obstacles alongside the facet of the gate, so there was possibly an space just a few toes huge the place you may stroll in the direction of the gate agent, however mainly everybody for the flight was lined up, despite the fact that they weren’t known as to board but.

Aegean Airways departure gate

I are likely to suppose that boarding in the US is a large number, however generally Europe takes it to a complete completely different degree.

Aegean Airways Airbus A321 enterprise class cabin & seats

As is the usual on intra-Europe flights, enterprise class merely consisted of economic system seats with a blocked center. On this specific flight there have been three rows of enterprise class, after which a pink curtain separated that from the economic system cabin.

Aegean Airways enterprise class cabin Airbus A321

On the plus facet, there have been some issues that made this higher than your typical intra-Europe enterprise class product. Whereas the seats have been very skinny, the legroom was significantly better than standard, and didn’t in any respect really feel restrictive.

Aegean Airways enterprise class seats Airbus A321
Aegean Airways enterprise class seats Airbus A321
Aegean Airways enterprise class legroom Airbus A321

Moreover, there was a middle console the place you may place drinks or different gadgets through the flight. These days many airways have gotten rid of this characteristic, so I used to be completely satisfied to see this.

Aegean Airways enterprise class middle tray desk Airbus A321

As standard, the tray desk folded out from the seat in entrance.

Aegean Airways enterprise class tray desk Airbus A321

The overhead consoles have been trendy, and had particular person air nozzles, studying lights, and there have been even tv screens that popped down.

Aegean Airways Airbus A321 overhead console & TV

Sadly Aegean Airways doesn’t have energy ports or Wi-Fi on its Airbus A321s.

Our flight was packed — 10 of the 12 enterprise class seats have been occupied, and finest I might inform, nearly each economic system class seat was full as nicely. I used to be grateful to have some additional room to stretch out, in comparison with economic system.

Aegean Airways enterprise class cabin Airbus A321

Departing Amsterdam

At 11:55AM the principle cabin door closed, at which level the security video was screened. quarter-hour later we started our pushback. Parked subsequent to us was a Sky Specific Airbus A320 — it’s humorous that they put the 2 Greek planes subsequent to 1 one other.

Sky Specific Airbus A320

There was fairly a little bit of visitors at Schiphol Airport, so the aircraft recognizing alternatives have been good.

TUI Boeing 737
Transavia Boeing 737

We ended up taxiing to runway 36L, which was fairly a distance away. We have been cleared for takeoff round 12:30PM, for our roughly 2hr50min flight to Athens. It was a fantastic afternoon within the Netherlands as we took off, and I loved the views.

View after takeoff from Amsterdam
View after takeoff from Amsterdam

Aegean Airways enterprise class meals & drink service

The seatbelt signal was turned off about 10 minutes after takeoff, and shortly thereafter the service started. Passengers have been first supplied sanitizing wipes.

Aegean Airways sanitizing towels

Menus and drink lists have been then distributed. I like how Aegean Airways affords menus, since many airways don’t provide that inside Europe. The menu and drink listing learn as follows:

Aegean Airways enterprise class menu
Aegean Airways enterprise class drink listing

After menus have been distributed, tray liners have been introduced out. Whereas minor, that is additionally a pleasant contact that you just don’t discover on many airways on comparable routes.

Aegean Airways enterprise class tray liner

We have been then supplied drinks, and I requested a Weight loss plan Coke, which was served in correct glassware.

Aegean Airways enterprise class drink service

Your entire meal was served on one tray, and many of the dishes got here lined, as many airways do due to the pandemic.

Aegean Airways enterprise class lunch service

All issues thought-about Aegean Airways serves fairly hearty meals. All enterprise class passengers have been served an appetizer of quinoa salad with smoked rooster and rocket leaves, a cheese course with crackers, two rolls, and a Greek pudding with raisins and nuts.

Aegean Airways enterprise class lunch service

Then there was the selection of two predominant programs. The primary predominant course selection was rooster thigh in lemon sauce served with greek pasta. That is what I ordered, and I’ve gotta be trustworthy, it didn’t style nice.

Aegean Airways enterprise class lunch

The opposite possibility was a veal fillet in tomato sauce served with potato mash. Ford ordered this and mentioned it was okay, however not superb.

Aegean Airways enterprise class lunch

Aegean Airways has a fairly good espresso choice, together with cappuccinos. I ordered a cappuccino, which was surprisingly first rate, and served with two sweets.

Aegean Airways enterprise class cappuccino & chocolate

Afterward within the flight, about an hour earlier than touchdown, I ordered a glass of nonetheless water and a Greek espresso. The Greek espresso didn’t style excellent, because it was prompt. Admittedly that’s completely on me, as a result of it was marketed as such on the menu.

The larger problem was that the middle tray desk that I positioned the espresso on collapsed mid-flight, so the espresso spilled in every single place, together with on my laptop computer and Ford’s pants and footwear. Oops.

Aegean Airways enterprise class espresso & water

Aegean Airways enterprise class service

I’ve persistently had nice service on Aegean Airways, and have discovered flight attendants to be pleasant and attentive, and this flight was no exception. The 2 flight attendants working enterprise class have been glorious, and continually checked on passengers.

Greece generally is a combined bag in relation to service, with some nice and a few not-so-great service, however I discover that Aegean Airways is fairly persistently good.

Aegean Airways enterprise class toilet

There was a bathroom on the entrance of the cabin. Whereas it was fairly no frills, it was clear and was solely reserved for enterprise class passengers, so there wasn’t sometimes a line to make use of it.

Aegean Airways enterprise class toilet

Arriving in Athens

We ended up touching down in Athens at 4:20PM, after which had a 5 minute taxi to our distant stand. We parked subsequent to an Aegean Airbus A320neo within the new livery. Whereas not a very imaginative livery, I do suppose it’s an enchancment over the previous one, and I fairly prefer it.

Aegean Airways Airbus A320 in new livery

On this case arriving at a distant stand labored in our favor. In fact as an avgeek it’s enjoyable to get such a cool view of a aircraft from the surface.

Aegean Airways Airbus A321
Aegean Airways Airbus A321
Aegean Airways Airbus A321

The opposite good factor, although, was that there was a non-public bus for enterprise class passengers, so we have been on our means nearly instantly. Not solely was the bus spacious, however arriving at a distant stand meant we’d be dropped off proper at baggage declare. We additionally received a fairly cool view of an Aeroflot 777 on our drive.

Aeroflot Boeing 777

Getting out of the airport was fast, and inside minutes we have been on our approach to our vacation spot.

Backside line

Aegean Airways affords an above common intra-Europe enterprise class product. Legroom is sweet, flight attendants are pleasant, and the meals is normally higher than what you’ll discover on most airways (although on this case I personally didn’t love the meals).

I do want Aegean supplied energy ports and Wi-Fi. Aegean’s new A320neos not less than have USB shops, although that’s it.

For those who’ve flown Aegean enterprise class, what was your expertise like?

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