A Canadian venture, SkyGreece Airlines, will join Qatar Airlines in 2013 in offering direct Athens-New York flights, and the Canadian company will also offer service to Montreal, Toronto and Chicago, giving a critical boost to Greece and adding another transport link.
The company will use Airbus A340-300 aircraft. SkyGreece Airlines said that the cabin crew will be Greek and their aim is use Greek pilots as well.
The agreement was signed in a meeting held at the home of the Greek Ambassador to Canada, Eleftherios Aggelopoulos’, with managers of the company. SkyGreece’s offices in Montreal will start operating the second week of December, and a few weeks later, the offices in Toronto will be opened. The New York office will open in February. The company’s office at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens is already open.
SkyGreece is planning to start a promotional campaign in January 2013 and intends to combine flights with cruise itineraries to the Greek islands in summer 2013. Skygreece Airlines was founded in October 2012. The company’s main mission is to re-unite the North American Diaspora with the Greek Homeland. It was founded by a team of entrepreneurs who have extensive careers in the aviation and tourism fields.
Qatar recently said it would begin the Athens-New York route in January, 2013, a welcome break for travelers after Delta Airlines, which had been providing the only direct route, said it would curtail winter service.