Hellenic Imperial to start Gatwick, JFK today; Kuwait tomorrow
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 2:26PM
Jared Scott in ATH, Gatwick, Greece, Hellenic Imperial, JFK, KWI, Kennedy, LGW, London, New York, airline business and marketing, airlines based in Europe, hub, new airline routes, route

The Greek airline Hellenic Imperial Airways is flying four times a week between its hub at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), starting today.  The route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  It is scheduled to depart from Athens at 5:30 in the afternoon local time, and arrive in New York at 9:30 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to depart New York at 11:30 in the evening local time, and arrive back in Athens at 5:00 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  The creation of this route makes Hellenic Imperial the only airline based in Greece to currently operate its own aircraft, non-stop, to the United States.

The airline will operate from Terminal 1 at Kennedy International.

Hellenic Imperial also announced that, starting today, it will fly thrice weekly between Athens and Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) south of London.  This route will be also operated with the Airbus A340-300.  Initially, the round-trip service will be operated three times a week, but this will be increased to six over the next few months, according to the U.K.-based Online Regional Travel Group.

Additionally, starting tomorrow, Hellenic Imperial will fly between Athens and Kuwait (IATA: KWI; ICAO: OKBK), the capital of the eponymous Middle Eastern nation.  According to www.flight965.com, this round-trip service will operate two times a week.  It did not give any further details.  When these routes were first announced, the Athens-London round trip was first scheduled to commence on July 1.  But the start date of this route was changed to June 24, to match the start date for Hellenic Imperial's Athens-New York route.

The Dutch airline Arkefly starts non-stop twice-weekly service between Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) in Amsterdam and Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA) in the American state of Florida today, according to a reader blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-300ER.

The British budget airline EasyJet also restarts a seasonal service today between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.  It operates four times a week, on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, according to a timetable printed on EasyJet's website.  It operates between Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in Madrid, and Lanzarote, the furthest east of the Canary Islands (IATA: ACE; ICAO: GCRR).

original stories

Hellenic Imperial Gatwick-Athens (www.countryconnect.co.uk)

Hellenic Imperial to launch Athens - London Gatwick late-Jun 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

New scheduled route between Athens - New York to start on June 24th, 2011 (Hellenic Imperial Airways)

Hellenic Imperial Airways plans Athens - New York JFK launch from late-June 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

Hellenic Imperial Airways to start visiting Kuwait! (www.flight965.com)

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Update on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 12:27AM by Registered CommenterJared Scott

According to a recent grammatically and orthographically somewhat questionable announcement from another website in this niche, the start date of the Athens-London service from Hellenic Imperial is being postponed until July 3.  Our independent source for information confirms that this is indeed the case.

Careful readers of our original article above will note that it was never claimed by our editors that the Athens-New York service was postponed from its scheduled start date of June 24.  It was reported here that June 24 was the Athens-New York start date, and that is when it started.  The route flies Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until July 9, when it will begin to fly on Saturday as well, according to search results obtained from the airline's website two minutes ago.

The Athens-Kuwait route was also reported here correctly.  It also appears as a search result on the website of Hellenic Imperial.  As much as we regret any confusion that might have occured, we resent any suggestion that we made an error in reporting the Athens-New York route, and we stand by our original explanation of that route, which can be found in the first paragraph of the original article.

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