Greece’s largest carrier Aegean Airlines presented its three new Airbus A320neo airplanes, a new logo and employee uniform during a presentation on Wednesday.
Aegean, a member of the Star Alliance airline group, is expected to receive another three Airbus by mid-summer and a total of a minimum 46 A320neo and A321neo by 2025, with an option for 12 additional aircraft (up to 58 aircraft).
"This is the largest private investment in Greece, valued at 2.5-3 billion dollars at market prices," the company said in a press release.
The event was also attended by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. "Today is a bright day for the business world. A Greek company is making the largest private investment ever made in the aviation sector,” he said.
“The government is actively encouraging businesses that focus on cutting-edge technologies, respect human resources and follow the requirements of green growth,” he added.
Aegean CEO, Dimitris Gerogiannis, noted the significance of the investment, reiterating the company’s commitment for ongoing growth.
“2020, signifies a new beginning, with a new dynamic, new potential and new identity for Aegean. The next 24 months will be extremely creative for us, since we will design our renewed product offering. For all of us, the new aircraft represents primarily a platform that enables our people to work consistently towards creating a better travelling experience for our passengers”, he said.
“I am proud because today, starting with the new aircraft, we begin a new creative cycle with new services, with even more innovation, for our passengers,” Aegean Airlines President Eftichios Vassilakis said in the presentation at the carrier's technical base in Athens International Airport (AIA).
The new aircraft will start their flights within February, with the first aircraft operating the flight Athens-Munich on Friday, February 14.