Overview: Aegean Enterprise Class Airbus A320neo (WAW-ATH)

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For our journey to Greece, we flew LOT Polish Airways’ Boeing 787-9 enterprise class from Chicago to Warsaw, after which related to Aegean Airways’ Airbus A320neo enterprise class from Warsaw to Athens, so I wished to evaluation that second flight on this installment.

Whereas intra-Europe flying isn’t one thing to get enthusiastic about when it comes to passenger expertise, Aegean might be my favourite regional European airline. The airline presents an elevated tender product in enterprise class, and even presents free meals in economic system.

Aside from Turkish Airways, Aegean might be my favourite airline to fly inside Europe. I used to be notably trying ahead to this flight, because it was operated by one among Aegean’s model new Airbus A320neos. The Star Alliance provider is presently within the technique of refreshing its fleet, changing A320s and A321s with A320neos and A321neos (that are extra gas environment friendly and quieter).

How I booked our Aegean enterprise class tickets

I booked us the next itinerary in enterprise class for 70,000 Air Canada Aeroplan factors plus $76.70 in taxes and charges per individual:

8/28 LO4 Chicago to Warsaw departing 9:45PM arriving 1:50PM (+1 day)
8/30 A3871 Warsaw to Athens departing 10:35AM arriving 2:05PM

Admittedly there are rather more artistic awards you’ll be able to e-book with Aeroplan factors, however this was nonetheless an excellent worth. Aeroplan factors are straightforward to return by, as this system is switch companions with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, and Chase Final Rewards. On high of that, there’s the Aeroplan® Credit score Card (evaluation) in the USA, which is sort of rewarding.

Aegean enterprise class lounge & boarding

We arrived at Warsaw Chopin Airport at round 8:30AM, round two hours earlier than our 10:35AM flight to Athens. We had already checked in on-line, so may head straight for safety.

Warsaw Airport exterior
Warsaw Airport check-in corridor

Warsaw Airport has a devoted premium safety checkpoint that’s separate from the usual safety space, which is superior, so we have been by means of in a matter of minutes.

Warsaw Airport departures corridor

Aegean Airways passengers are despatched to the LOT Enterprise Class Polonez Lounge, so we spent about an hour there.

LOT Polish Airways Lounge Warsaw Airport

Whereas I’d have preferred to evaluation it, the lounge apparently has a no images coverage, so between that and the crowding, I couldn’t actually evaluation it. The lounge was completely okay, but it surely’s not value arriving early to make use of.

LOT Polish Airways Lounge Warsaw Airport no photograph coverage

We headed to our departure gate (gate 25) at round 9:30AM, simply as our inbound plane was touchdown.

Aegean departure gate Warsaw Airport

Our flight could be operated by SX-NEK, an plane that had simply been delivered to Aegean in March 2023. I fairly like Aegean’s livery — it’s not essentially the most thrilling one on earth, but it surely’s fashionable.

Aegean Airbus A320neo Warsaw Airport

The gate space was pure chaos, because the contract brokers have been for no matter motive weighing and sizing each single passenger’s carry-on bag. It was simply so unusual, as a result of with each different individual or so that they’d get into an argument, and finally they’d simply allow them to maintain the bag. Like, what’s the purpose, and as contract brokers, why do they really care? It’s not like European airways usually run out of overhead bin area.

Anyway, whereas boarding was scheduled to begin at 10:05AM (half-hour earlier than departure), it ended up beginning at 10:15AM, with enterprise class passengers being invited to board first.

Aegean departure gate Warsaw Airport

Aegean A320neo enterprise class cabin & seats

On the door we have been greeted by the pleasant cabin senior. Aegean’s A320neos function 180 seats, unfold throughout 30 rows in a 3-3 configuration. I’ve gotta say, Aegean’s colourful headrests positive do give the cabin a little bit of character, particularly in distinction to Lufthansa’s very grey slender physique interiors, for instance.

Aegean Airbus A320neo cabin

As is customary on intra-Europe flights, enterprise class merely consisted of economic system seats with blocked middles. Meaning the scale of the enterprise class cabin will be adjusted with every flight based mostly on demand. On this flight, enterprise class had three rows, so the capability was 12 passengers.

Aegean Airbus A320neo enterprise class cabin
Aegean Airbus A320neo enterprise class cabin

I had assigned us seats 3D & 3F, the window and aisle seat within the third row on the fitting facet.

Aegean Airbus A320neo enterprise class seats

I appreciated how enterprise class had a tray on the middle seat. This is usually a great spot to place a drink or one thing else with out utilizing your personal tray desk. Again within the day nearly all airways had these trays on intra-Europe flights, whereas I believe many airways have now gotten lazy, and now not supply that.

Aegean enterprise class center seat tray

As you’d anticipate for an intra-Europe flight, legroom wasn’t nice, although I’ve additionally had worse. No less than when you may have an empty center seat, you’ll be able to kind of place your legs towards that seat.

Aegean enterprise class legroom

The seat had a few new options, at the least for Aegean.

Aegean enterprise class seat again

For one, Aegean has lastly launched energy retailers, which the airline doesn’t have on earlier era jets. Sadly the airline simply selected to put in USB-A retailers. I want Aegean supplied AC energy retailers or USB-C retailers, that are rapidly turning into the norm. This appears short-sighted to me.

Aegean enterprise class USB-A outlet

Aegean additionally has private leisure gadget holders, that are higher than nothing, because it’s not like every provider apart from Turkish has seat again leisure on flights like this.

Aegean enterprise class private leisure holder

The tray desk folded out from the seat in entrance, and was completely customary.

Aegean enterprise class tray desk

Every seat additionally had a coat hook, when you wished to hold a jacket.

Aegean enterprise class coat hook

The overhead console was fashionable, and had each studying lights and particular person air nozzles.

Aegean enterprise class overhead console A320neo

All-in-all, this was a fairly customary however modern-feeling slender physique cabin for a jet in Europe.

Aegean enterprise class facilities

So far as facilities go, Aegean presents every passenger (together with in economic system) a tender chew sweet as they board the aircraft, which is a cute contact.

Aegean enterprise class sweet

Upon boarding, every enterprise class passenger was additionally supplied a pre-departure drink in correct glassware, with the selection of water, orange juice, or glowing wine. A overwhelming majority of European airways don’t supply pre-departure drinks on these sorts of flights, in order that’s one other method Aegean differentiates itself.

Aegean enterprise class pre-departure drinks

We have been additionally given menus for the flight — once more, that’s one thing that not many airways supply inside Europe.

Aegean enterprise class menu

Pillows and blankets are additionally obtainable on demand, so I requested these.

Aegean A320neo enterprise class leisure & Wi-Fi

Aegean presents Wi-Fi on its A320neo and A321neo plane (however not on its customary A320 and A321 plane), obtainable after takeoff. So far as pricing goes, all passengers can get 10 minutes of free Wi-Fi, after which a texting and browsing plan with low speeds prices €4, whereas a streaming plan prices €9. I’d say that pricing is sweet, given the shortage of knowledge caps.

Aegean Wi-Fi system Airbus A320neo
Aegean Wi-Fi system Airbus A320neo

Aegean additionally presents complimentary Wi-Fi to its enterprise class passengers and Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold members. You’ll be able to join both by logging into your Miles+Bonus account, or by coming into your PNR and final title.

Aegean Wi-Fi system Airbus A320neo
Aegean Wi-Fi system Airbus A320neo

I discovered the Wi-Fi speeds to be excellent, so it’s all the time good to remain related above the clouds.

Along with Wi-Fi, Aegean additionally has a small choice of complimentary streaming motion pictures and TV exhibits, which is healthier than nothing.

Aegean leisure choice Airbus A320neo
Aegean leisure choice Airbus A320neo

Aegean A320neo departure from Warsaw

The flight to Warsaw was almost full, in each economic system and enterprise. Boarding was accomplished by 10:35AM, about 20 minutes after it began. At 10:40AM the captain made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 2hr30min. A couple of moments later, a handbook security demonstration was carried out.

At 10:50AM we started our taxi. Sadly I couldn’t actually get good photos out the window throughout our taxi, on condition that it was pouring exterior, so my digital camera wouldn’t focus exterior the window.

A wet morning at Warsaw Airport

We had a really quick taxi, and at 10:55AM have been cleared for takeoff from runway 29.

Taking off from Warsaw Airport

We had a little bit of turbulence on the preliminary climb out, however the journey smoothed out above the clouds.

View after takeoff from Warsaw Airport

10 minutes after takeoff the seatbelt signal was turned off, at which level the crew closed the curtain between the galley and the cabin.

Aegean A320neo enterprise class cabin

Aegean enterprise class meal service

Shortly after takeoff, the meal service started. You’ll find the breakfast menu under.

Aegean enterprise class menu

Then you could find the drink checklist under.

Aegean enterprise class drink checklist
Aegean enterprise class drink checklist

I discovered it shocking that breakfast was served after takeoff, with a scheduled 10:35AM departure. You’d suppose that lunch could be extra acceptable, however that didn’t hassle me one bit, as I like Greek breakfasts.

About 25 minutes after takeoff, the senior cabin crew got here by means of the cabin with a trolley containing the meals and drinks. I ordered the omelet in tomato sauce with pink peppers, olives, and crumbled feta cheese, which was completely scrumptious, among the best egg dishes I’ve had on a aircraft. Yum. That was served with a facet of fruit and cheese, a greek yogurt with honey, and a croissant.

Aegean enterprise class meal

Ford had the opposite possibility, which was a zucchini tart with smoked cheese, basil, and prosciutto.

Aegean enterprise class meal

Whereas I simply had a water to drink with the meal, after breakfast I ordered a cappuccino. I like how Aegean has espresso-based drinks, because it’s uncommon you’ll discover that in intra-Europe enterprise class.

Aegean enterprise class cappuccino

Afterward within the flight I additionally had an espresso, which was tasty.

Aegean enterprise class espresso

Whereas I didn’t have any wine on this flight, it’s additionally value calling out Aegean’s spectacular regional choice of wines.

The flight attendant working enterprise class was pleasant, and continually checked on passengers to see in the event that they wished something.

Aegean A320neo enterprise class bathroom

There was a rest room situated on the entrance of enterprise class, reserved solely for enterprise class passengers. The bathroom was clear, however in any other case fairly no frills, as there have been no particular toiletries or facilities.

Aegean enterprise class bathroom A320neo
Aegean enterprise class bathroom A320neo

Aegean A320neo arrival in Athens

At 2PM Athens time (there was a one hour time change), the captain introduced that we had began our descent, and could be touchdown in round 20 minutes. About 5 minutes later the crew ready the cabin for touchdown.

Greece is among the most stunning nations on the planet, and you may’t assist however simply stare out the window through the method, as a result of it’s so beautiful.

View approaching Athens Airport
View approaching Athens Airport
View approaching Athens Airport
View approaching Athens Airport

We ended up touching down at Athens Airport at 2:30PM.

View approaching Athens Airport

We had a few 5 minute taxi to our arrival stand, which was a distant gate on this case. That meant we had a fantastic view of the plane upon deplaning.

Taxiing Athens Airport
Aegean Airbus A320neo Athens Airport

Whereas I’d often dread a distant stand, it labored out effectively on this case. Aegean has a separate bus for enterprise class passengers, so we have been on our method nearly instantly, and have been dropped off in a fairly central a part of the terminal.

Backside line

Aegean presents among the best enterprise class merchandise in Europe. Whereas the exhausting product is fairly customary (there’s not a lot variation there amongst airways), Aegean actually tries with the whole lot else. Aegean presents pre-departure drinks, menus, a pleasant wine choice, espresso-based drinks, tasty meals, and free Wi-Fi.

My solely actual frustration with Aegean’s new cabins is that the airline selected to solely set up USB-A retailers, which isn’t perfect.

After Turkish Airways, I believe Aegean presents my favourite intra-Europe enterprise class expertise (and folks like to argue whether or not Turkish Airways flights qualify as intra-Europe, so…).

What do you make of Aegean Airways enterprise class?

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