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Delta Will Fly Directly from Boston to Athens

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FILE - In this April 1, 2020 file photo, several dozen mothballed Delta Air Lines jets are parked at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

BOSTON – Delta Airlines will introduce a direct flight between Boston and Athens in May 2022, offering three flights a week using modern and fuel-efficient aircrafts. Consul general of Greece Stratos Efthimiou was instrumental in this new and exciting development which will serve and benefit the Greek-American Community of Boston and New England.

Efthimiou told The National Herald that “a long-time dream of the Greek-American Community of Boston has become a reality. Our Consulate in Boston has been trying for three years now and I would like to thank all those who contributed.”

The last time that Boston had a direct flight to Athens was decades ago, in the days of Olympic Airlines. The flight from New York passed through Boston and continued to Athens but there were many problems with the route, including delays and overbooking, despite the fact that the Greek-Americans of Boston supported and showed their preference to the flight.

Delta's website notes that:

“'We've strengthened our Boston hub as demand has accelerated, adding about 3,800 more seats a day by next summer than our last peak in 2019,'” said Joe Esposito, Delta's S.V.P. – Network Planning.

“Boston is a fast-growing market with a booming economy, and we're committed to offering customers significant choice and better convenience when making their travel plans, in addition to Delta's superior products and experience.

The National Herald

Consul General of Greece in Boston Stratos Efthimiou. (Photo: TNH/Archive/Theodore Kalmoukos)

“By next summer, Delta will operate up to 160 daily nonstop flights to 55 destinations, a more than 20% increase in capacity since our pre-pandemic height in October 2019. Including Delta's partners, customers can connect to more than 150 cities across the globe.”

“We are excited to welcome new Delta flights to Boston, connecting visitors and travelers to exciting destinations around the world,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “These flights coming to Logan Airport in 2022 will allow more people to access hundreds of destinations and the global economy.”

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Delta will launch new nonstop service to Tel Aviv (TLV) on May 26 and Athens (ATH) on May 27.

The company revealed that, “both ATH and TLV will operate three times a week on the Airbus A330-300 and A330-900, respectively. Customers will have choice of four experiences: lie-flat beds in Delta One (A330-300) or Delta One Suites (A330-900); Delta Premium Select, which includes more recline and an adjustable foot and leg rest; Delta Comfort+; and Main Cabin. Each features personal seat-back entertainment screens to enjoy in flight and the J.D. Power-awarded care and professionalism of Delta people.”