As airlines look to restart routes around the world that once were very popular, it is certainly a good sign for all of us who are looking at being able to travel again to many places. One of these routes is a special one from Emirates that was very popular with those that wanted a sunny summer vacation.
Emirates Restarting Newark to Athens Service
Emirates announced today the new start date for their previously suspended service between Newark and Athens. This is the same exact route that competitor United Airlines flies (and I definitely would choose Emirates if flying economy!). As another nice note, Emirates was the only airline to fly this route year round (as the other airlines are seasonal). This route actually is part of the Athens – Dubai so you could always book it as a nice stopover in Athens if you are headed to Dubai!
This route will restart June 1, 2021. It will use the same three-class Boeing 777-300ER as the previous schedule had. The bad news is this means the same outdated business class with the angled seats. It does have the famous first class cabin (though not their new one) but since this is on a 777 instead of an Airbus A380, it does not have a shower onboard.
I have flown this exact route in economy and can tell you this – it is definitely my favorite option for economy between the US and Greece. It definitely is an upgrade from the US airlines’ economy options on this leg.
The flight schedule will be the following:
- Depart Athens 17:35, arriving in Newark at 21:20 on the same day
- Depart Newark 23:55, arriving in Athens at 16:05 the next day
While the flight from Newark to Athens is definitely not bad, I am not a fan of the schedule into Newark. This is because, if you need to connect, it will almost always require an overnight stay in Newark for a next day connection. Still, if you don’t mind the overnight or you live in the tri-state area, it is definitely nice to leave gorgeous Greece as late as possible!