Review: Aegean Airlines Business & Economy Class Experience

Aegean Airlines food review featuring a sandwich and salad tray.

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Aegean Airlines remains one of my all-time favorite airlines to travel with in Europe. Their crew members are consistently genuine, happy, and proud to deliver an authentic Greek hospitality experience. From November 2021 to August 2022, I’ve had the pleasure of flying with the airline several times, and each time has been a delight.

During my recent travels, I noticed that the inflight service has undergone some changes since the pre-COVID-19 era. In business class, the crew now serves a meal tray that includes the starter, main, and dessert, whereas previously, each course was served separately. Meanwhile, in economy class, passengers are offered snack boxes containing a small sandwich and sweet. While the airline has maintained its high level of service in business class, economy class has certainly seen some cuts.

However, there is good news on the horizon! Aegean Airlines will soon introduce a new service on October 6th, which will see the return of hot snacks in economy class. Passengers can expect to indulge in hot cheese pies for breakfast and an all-day pizza option. It’s worth noting that there is no mention of the hot meals returning that were once served in economy class.

CORFU TO PARIS SEPTEMBER 2022

The airline has opened a very small base in Paris, with crew overnighting in the city before operating flights to Greece. Catering for my flight was provisioned in Paris. Before departure, I was offered a choice of juice or water, but no inflight menus were offered.

An Aegean Airlines food review featuring a glass of wine and a napkin.

Before departure, I was offered juice or water. No inflight menus were offered, and there was a choice of chicken or fish. I was offered an aperitif, and soon after, my tray arrived.

I opted for the chicken meal, which was served on a tray that also included edamame, rice, and cherry tomatoes. The side salad consisted of asparagus, pomegranate, cucumber, and tomato. Although the chicken dish seemed smaller than some of my previous meal experiences, it was still an excellent offering.

I was impressed by the quality of the Greek products, such as Navarino Icons oil, Greek cheese, and dessert, that were typically standard but were not offered on this flight. The crew was kind enough to show me the snack box currently offered in economy class.

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The crew was kind enough to show me the snack box currently offered in economy class.

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PARIS TO ATHENS NOVEMBER 2021

During my flight from Paris to Athens in November 2021, which was my first experience with Aegean since the pandemic began, I received an inflight menu offering two hot meal choices – chicken or beef. I opted for the chicken dish, which was served with a Greek salad and Navarino Icons olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

An Aegean Airlines menu on an airplane seat.

The meal tray also included Graviera cheese from the Island of Crete and San Michail Cheese from Syros, both of which were exceptional quality products that added to the authentic Greek meal experience inflight. The chicken was tender and delicious, and the quinoa was an exciting alternative to rice or pasta.

Review of Aegean Airlines' food: tray with sandwich and salad.
A tray with cheese and sandwiches was served during an Aegean Airlines food review.
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Aegean Airlines menu for bar service on their airplanes.

Finally, the Stelios Parliaros Tart with Cream of Tahini was a scrumptious dessert. Once the main meal service was completed, the crew offered tea, coffee, and chocolates.

ATHENS TO LONDON NOVEMBER 2021

Several days after my initial flight from Athens to London in business class, I embarked on a subsequent journey that proved to be slightly different. While the service adhered to the same pattern as the previous flight, regrettably, the crew’s level of hospitality and friendliness was not as notable.

An Aegean Airlines food review featuring a tray of chicken, rice and vegetables.

Inflight meals were created by Executive Chef Christoforos Peskias, boasting an appetiser of a succulent seed salad, combining quinoa, rice, pine nuts, cranberries, and pomegranate, all exquisitely complemented by cheese hailing from Crete and Naxos, and a delightful milk chocolate biscuit for dessert.

For the main course, options included chicken or fish, and I opted for the former. Unfortunately, it was served cold, and although a replacement meal was offered, it proved to be no better. Thus, the crew kindly offered the fish option, which featured sea bream alongside celeriac and potato mash, cherry tomato confit, and asparagus, with zesty notes of lemon and olive oil.

An appetizing tray of food and wine offered by Aegean Airlines, as reviewed by a food critic.

The dish was served piping hot, and I enjoyed the various flavours and textures. To complete my meal, I indulged in a smooth espresso and some chocolate.

It is worth noting that Aegean Airlines has once again won the coveted accolade of ‘Best Regional Airline’ in Europe for the 12th consecutive year, a remarkable achievement that speaks to the airline’s unyielding commitment to excellence.

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