Olympic Airways museum to be built inside Hellinikon Development Project

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An Olympic Airways museum will be built inside the site of the former Athens airport at Hellinikon, housed inside the airline hangar, as part of an 8 billion euro development project.

Bulldozers have already started demolishing the airport buildings and structures inside the 2 million square metre lot that used to be the capital’s seaside airport. 

The Olympic Airways hangar was saved from demolition thanks to the efforts of the Olympic Airways Aviation Employees Cultural Center, as it was named a cultural heritage monument by the Ministry of Culture.

An Olympic Airways museum will be built inside the site of the former Athens airport at Hellinikon.

RELATED: Construction begins in Athens of ‘largest project in Mediterranean.’

The building will be housing 80 years of civil aviation history and the history of the emblematic airline that was owned by Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

There are about 23,000 historical objects that have been collected throughout the life of the former Athens airport at Ellinikon and they will be exhibited in the museum, with the vast majority of them belonging to Olympic Airways.

Artifacts in the museum will include old flight information boards.

Artifacts range from flying attendant uniforms to expensive silverware that was used to serve passengers, and old flight information boards to cockpit indicators that pilots and support staff used.

The flight attendant and pilot uniforms were creations of the greatest fashion designers of each era, such as Jean Dessès, Coco Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Giannis Tseklenis and others.

Along with them, the priceless gold-embossed desk of Aristotle Onassis, as well as that of his son Alexander, will also be exhibited.

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