Olympic Aviation

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Olympic Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
ML OLY[1] OLAVIA
Founded 1971
Ceased operations 2003
Hubs Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Ellinikon International Airport
Focus cities Makedonia International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Icarus Frequent Flyer Program
Fleet size 32 (at December 2003)
Destinations served the Olympic Airways network
Parent company Olympic Airways Services S.A. (formerly Olympic Airways S.A.)
Headquarters Athens, Greece
Website Olympic Aviation

Olympic Aviation was a subsidiary of Olympic Airways, the Greek national flag carrier.

Creation and Operations of Olympic Aviation[edit]

Olympic Aviation was created on August 2, 1971, when Olympic Airways was still owned by Aristotle Onassis, by his son Alexander. Until then, it was known as a division of O.A., the "Division for light aircraft and helicopters". Olympic Aviation's main purpose was to link all the Greek islands to the mainland, so it mainly operated a fleet of small turboprop aircraft, which could land in every airport of Greece. Olympic Aviation played a significant role for Olympic Airways. It served most domestic destinations of the parent company. The company was also responsible for charter flights in the Olympic Airways Group of Companies, until Macedonian Airlines was created.

Olympic Aviation Flight Academy[edit]

The Flight Academy operated under the supervision of Olympic Aviation, and was created in 1970, by Alexander Onassis. The Flight Academy had bought flight simulators for ATR-42/72 aircraft, as well as Boeing 737-200/300/400 aircraft.

Olympic Aviation Fleet (at integration with Olympic Airways)[edit]

Historic Fleet[edit]

The three Boeing 717 aircraft were leased to serve some of Olympic Aviation's European flights, based at Makedonia Airport of Thessaloniki. Shortly after the retirement of the Olympic Airways's Boeing 737-200s, the 717s were used on Olympic Airways's European destinations.

On December 2003, the flight academy as well as most of the Olympic Airways Group companies, became part of a new company called Olympic Airways - Services S.A.. Olympic Aviation continues to operate, mainly to provide helicopter charter services, under the Olympic Airways - Services management. Its turboprop and jet aircraft fleet, as well as that of Olympic Airways and Macedonian Airlines was integrated into a new company, Olympic Airlines.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • August 3, 1989: an Olympic Aviation Short 330, operating as Olympic Aviation Flight 545, flew into the cloud-shrouded Mount Kerkis on Samos island, Greece, while attempting a landing approach. All 3 crew members and 31 passengers were killed.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Operators by state" (PDF). icao.int. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Accident description Short 330 SX-BGE. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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