Venus Airlines

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Venus Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsApril 1993
Ceased operations1996
Operating basesAthens
Fleet size6
HeadquartersAthens, Greece
Key peopleTheodore Karabatis (President)[1]
Venus Airlines Boeing 757-200, Paris, 1995

Venus Airlines was a Greek charter airline based at Athens, it was operational between 1992 and 1997.[2]


The airline was founded in 1992 as one of the first private owned airline companies to acquire an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA).[citation needed]

The first service was a charter flight between Heraklion and Lyons on 7 April 1993 using a leased MD-83.[3] A service between Athens-Thessalonki-Gatwick started in December 1993.[4] A leased McDonnell Douglas MD-87 joined the fleet in March 1994 [5]

By April 1995 two MD-82s and two Boeing 757s had joined the fleet.[6][7] The first Boeing 757 services was flown between Athens and Zurich on 31 March 1995.[7]

From 15 November 1995 the airline operated a service from Athens to Thessaloniki using MD-82s for Skybus while it waited to obtain an Air Operators Certificate.[8]

Venus Airlines had financial problems in 1996 and stopped operations, it would later emerge as Princess Airlines in 1998 with backing from a French tour operator.[9]


Venus Airlines operated the following fleet in 1997:

  • 2 x Boeing 727-200[1]
  • 2 x Boeing 757-200[1]
  • 2 x McDonnell Douglas MD-83[1]

Former Fleet[edit]

A Venus Airways MD-87 in 1994
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-82[6]
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-87[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "World Airline Directory". Flight International. 26 March 1997.
  2. List of airlines from Greece, at Archived February 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Aircraft News/Douglas". Air-Britain News. Air-Britain. August 1993. p. 553.
  4. "Aircraft News/Douglas". Air-Britain News. Air-Britain. March 1994. p. 221.
  5. "Aircraft News/Douglas". Air-Britain News. Air-Britain. June 1994. p. 438.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Overseas Registers/Meditterranean". Air-Britain News. Air-Britain. May 1995. p. 363.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Aircraft News/Boeing". Air-Britain News. Air-Britain. June 1995. p. 519.
  8. "Greek Start Up". Flight International. 6 December 1995. p. 16.
  9. "Greek new entrants - well capitalised, but too many?". Aviation Strategy Ltd. 1999.
  10. "World Airline Directory". Flight International. 23 March 1994.

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