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April 11, 2006

Olympic Airlines Changes Name To Pantheon Airlines

Olympic AirlinesOlympic Airlines will be renamed “Pantheon Airlines” as of October 26 of this year.

Looks like the airline brand has found some , and the Pantheon name seems to be focusing on the brand’s Greek heritage. The new, smaller carrier will be sharing routes with CSA Czech Airlines.

I think a name change makes sense. This decision comes after the company’s ill fated restructuring in 2003 that saw the company renamed Olympic Airlines from Olympic Airways. Two years of mismanagement followed, as well as not a few cancelled flights. In 2005, the company was hit by bomb threats and equipment failure, which seems to have permanently jinxed the brand name.

ValuJetTo reiterate, I think it makes sense for Olympic Airlines to change its name for a fresh start. I'm reminded of ValuJet, after having crashed in the Florida Everglades, changing its name to AirTran.

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Posted by William Lozito at April 11, 2006 3:20 PM
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I think you mean that ValuJet became AirTran, not AirTrans. I have always felt strange about the AirTran name since it's so similar to ATA's original full name of American Trans Air.

It's also interesting to note that AirTran existed as a separate airline before ValuJet's problems and it was a merger that led to the abandonment of the ValuJet brand.

I got my information from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATA_Airlines and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirTran_Airways

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