Aegean Airlines S.A. is the largest airline of Greece. A Star Alliance member since 2010, it operates scheduled and charter services from Athens and Thessaloniki to other major Greek destinations as well as to a number of European destinations. Its main base is Athens International Airport.
Aegean Airlines was founded as Aegean Aviation in 1987. It was originally a VIP/business air operation specialising in executive and air ambulance services. In 1992, it became the first airline to be issued with a Greek independent air operator’s licence. The Aegean Airlines name was adopted with the start of scheduled passenger services in 1999. In 1999 Aegean bought Air Greece. After an agreement in 2001 to merge Aegean and Cronus Airlines, the company operated for a while as Aegean Cronus Airlines until full integration. Since 2005, the airline has been in partnership with Lufthansa.