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Monday, 5 March 2012

Olympic Airline Card

Olympic 
Here is a rare unwritten card.



Olympic Airlines (GreekΟλυμπιακές ΑερογραμμέςOlympiakés Aerogrammés - OA) was the flag carrier airline of Greece, with their head office in Athens.[2] It operated services to 37 domestic destinations and to 32 destinations world-wide. Their main base was at Athens International Airport, with hubs at Thessaloniki International Airport, "Macedonia"Heraklion International Airport, "Nikos Kazantzakis" and Rhodes International Airport, "Diagoras".[3] Olympic Airlines also owned a base at London Heathrow International Airport. By December 2007, the airline employed about 8,500 staff.[4]


The origin of Olympic Airways was in 1930, when the first predecessor airline was established. The airline was called Icarus but after just a few months went bankrupt due to financial problems and limited Greek interest in air transport. G.C.A.T./Ε.Ε.Ε.Σ. (Greek Company for Air Transport/Ελληνική Εταιρεία Εναέριων Συγκοινωνιών) took its place



The first logo of the airline was a white eagle, bearing a resemblance to a propeller, featuring five rings and the name Olympic. Just two years after the first flight, Onassis asked his associates to design a new logo and the coloured rings were created. Onassis wanted to copy the five coloured rings of the Olympic emblem, but the International Olympic Committee claimed the rights to the emblem, so a new, six ring logo was introduced. The first five rings stand for the five continents, while the sixth stands for Greece.[21] Colours used were yellow, red, blue and white.
The new logo for Olympic air has been selected among three proposals by an online vote which was open until July 5, 2009 onoalogo.gr. All proposals were expected to keep the six circles and were called to modernise the look of the existing logo. The logo that was finally selected is a bevel version of the existing logo and font, with the only exception that green has replaced the light blue on some circles. Green along with blue is one of MIG's corporate colours (as seen on Marfin Egnatia bank's logo for example) and was thus also used per request by MIG on the new uniforms too.

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