What does "operated by" mean really with Aegean / Olympic

Old Jul 13, 19, 4:25 am
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What does "operated by" mean really with Aegean / Olympic

Hello,
I booked an economy flight from the Swiss website for a Geneva-Athens flight and Athens-Alexandroupoli flight. I was on a Swiss aircraft for the flight segment (GVA-ATH) as expected. The next day I was taking my ATH-AXD flight.
At Athens' airport I tried getting into the lounge (I am a frequent flyer, silver status), and I am told that I cannot enter because the flight is operated by Olympic Airlines, and Olympic airlines is not part of star alliance... Not cool, but fair enough.

But! I eventually get to the airplane and I was surprised to see that the airplane was from Aegean Airlines (which is part of star alliance). All documentation on board was from Aegean, the crew was from Aegean and there was a huge Aegean logo on the plane...
So what does "operated by" mean? Because clearly my flight was operated by Aegean Airlines!

Could someone explain, please?
Thanks a lot!
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Old Jul 13, 19, 4:53 am
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It is possible that Olympic wet leased the aircraft from Aegean. So Olympic still had the commercial responsibility of the flight.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 5:20 am
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Originally Posted by jscivi View Post
Could someone explain, please?
Lengthy thread here.

Imagine WK/EW wetleasing an LX/LH plane and crew.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 7:38 am
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I am surprised LH hasn't dealt with that yet. E.g. United has added Olympic including all the SAG benefits and lounge access.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 8:34 am
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OA is like EW, not *A but United has made arrangements.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 10:42 am
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Iím *A Gold , recently spent 10 days in Greece Didnít have a problem with lounge access even on domestic Olympic flights. Vaguely remember I was told Ď Olympic may not be Star Alliance but we are a Star Alliance lounge so welcome.. Ď

Maybe some lounge dragons are more helpful than others. Have to say they were pretty pleasant in Greece. Nice food , too..
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Old Jul 13, 19, 3:09 pm
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One of our forum regulars got badly burned on a confusing A3/RO codeshare situation. Even OLCI was impossible. A3 do come across as a little opaque on all this.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
OA is like EW, not *A but United has made arrangements.
agreed, WK as well. LH should make arrangements because the A3 situation is just confusing.
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Old Jul 14, 19, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
agreed, WK as well. LH should make arrangements because the A3 situation is just confusing.
That would be good as long as there is an arrangement in return regarding EW.
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