Monday, December 28, 2009
Olympic Airways, Worldwide Network, 2005-2006
Olympic Airlines, once the heirloom of the Onassis family and the great pride of Greece, is due to shut down on December 31, an ignominious end and long decline to one of aviation's once-great carriers. This route map, from barely 5 years ago, shows the global realm diminished but intact, a five-continent network, with A340s stretching to Canada, South Africa, and Australia. Olympic Airlines ended its life with a network limited only to Europe. What was once a span of North American destinations such as Chicago, New York, Toronto, Montreal and Boston, ended its history without a single transatlantic route, and the Greek flag carrier did not extend into Africa beyond Cairo, and did not last as a player on the Kangaroo Route.