Iconic Olympic Airways jet on display at Greece’s Elliniko

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A vintage Boeing plane belonging to Greece’s former national carrier Olympic Airways is now on show in Glyfada region of Attika, in Greece.

The iconic “Mount Olympus” aircraft has been restored and opened as a tourist attraction at the former Athens airport in the upscale Glyfada district, part of the Athenian Riviera.

Acquired by Greek shipping tycoon Aristotelis Onassis in the late 1960s, this plane was among six Boeing aircraft he purchased, contributing to Olympic Airways’ popularity. Founded by Onassis in 1957, Olympic Airways was known for its excellent service and iconic six-ring logo, connecting Greece with the world until it ceased operations in 2009. It was succeeded by Olympic Air, which continues its legacy under Aegean Airlines.

Photo: Infrastructure and Transport Ministry/via AMNA

“This majestic aircraft, now a tourist attraction, will highlight our nation’s rich aviation heritage and become a significant landmark for the municipality. It is not only an exhibit but a living monument of Greek aviation history,” said Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras at the opening ceremony this week.

Staikouras said Olympic Airways contributed significantly to the promotion of Greece worldwide, to the growth of the Greek economy and of tourism.

Aviation, he said, was one of the first industries to attract foreign investment in Greece after WWII. The minister went on to add that the initiative is aimed at boosting local tourism and stimulating the economy, while also preserving a very important part of Greece’s cultural heritage.

The exhibition is organised by Zela Aviation in collaboration with the Elliniko-Argyroupoli Municipality.

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