A new direct flight linking Athens and New York will be launched by airline company Hellenic Imperial Airways as of June 24. Initially, there will be four flights a week, flying out on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. The inaugural flight will depart from Athens on Friday, June 24 and land at the JFK international airport in New York while the return flight will depart from New York the same day and arrive back in Athens on the following day.
The route will be served by four Airbus 340 planes built between 2001 and 2003 and each flight will offer eight first-class seats that can also be converted to beds and 24 business-class seats.
Another perk for economy-class passengers is the greater leg-room compared with competing airlines, with HIA representatives noting that their planes have 217 seats in the same space that Olympic Airways formerly fit 263. Each passenger will also have their own video screen, while the crew are mostly experienced pilots formerly employed by OA.
Passengers will also benefit from HIA's much cheaper tickets, which the airline said will be between 150 dollars and 300 dollars cheaper than the ticket prices currently on offer, starting at 890 dollars return.