In a festive climate, with a hint of blue and white, the echo of the Greek national anthem, traditional dances from different parts of Greece and a reception with Greek dishes was celebrated at Boston’s Logan International Airport the launch of the company see Delta Airlines of the Boston-Athens direct air connection, which is the first after 25 years connecting the two cities directly.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chair of the Boston Global Forum, hailed the historic New England homogeneous development that brings Greece closer to Boston. The event was greeted by the Metropolitan of Boston, Mr. Methodius and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Massport Airport, expatriate Lew Evangelidis who mentioned with passion his Greek roots from the Epirus region.
The Consul General of Greece in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou, thanked the staff of Boston and Athens airports and praised the work of the staff of the Consulate General work team who have been volunteering for four years for a direct flight launch, mobilizing all stakeholders and focusing their efforts in the areas of market research, data analysis, public relations, marketing and airline development.
In the presence of Massachusetts travel agents, Delta Airlines Vice President Chuck Imhof had presented the company’s strategy in detail at a special event at the Consulate General, while at yesterday’s event at the airport Boston-based Delta local director Pratik Patel stressed importance of the new direct flight.
The Delta flight will run three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, from both Athens and Boston. The plane on the first direct flight took off at 100% fullness.