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An Olympic Airlines A340-300 arriving at London Heathrow (Photo: Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Taking Flight Again After Eight Years: The Story of Olympic Airlines’ A340s

If you have flown to Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport during the past few years, you may have noticed two Olympic Airlines Airbus A340-300 aircraft sitting near the airline's former hangars parallel to runway 03R/21L. When the carrier ceased operations in 2009 after 52 years of operations, it had 43 aircraft still in its fleet. Many aircraft were sold to other carriers however some airplanes, including the A340 fleet, remained in Athens. The four A340 aircraft were owned by the Greek…