Inside Aegean and Olympic Airlines – Heavy Aircraft Maintenance + A321neo

– 100. – Most difficult airport
in Greece, for sure. And one of the most difficult
airports in the world. It's a captain's only landing. – We're ready to fly back to Rome. (upbeat music) – Let's go island hopping in Greece. – Welcome on board, on the
flight of Olympic Aegean. – [Male] Wow, this is very interesting. (upbeat music) – Then I'm going to fly back to Athens. It's so beautiful, the landscape. Looking forward to another beautiful day to island hopping in Greece. (downbeat music) – Hello everybody. My name is Diegos Malaius,
we're in a Aegean in Athens. You're going to see, (indistinct). – We are in the cabin of an A320, naked. We have removed all the seats. And now we're in the process
of removing the lower panel and the interior of the cabin.

After we remove them, we are going to inspect
everything inside the aeroplane. Hydraulic pipes, wiring and the structure. And now they're removing
the panels, the galleys and the floor panels. In order to make the
appropriate inspections, the appropriate cleaning. We are going to make it brand new. – [Male] What is this you're writing? – [Female] The part number
and pin number of the position of the floor panels. (indistinct) – We're moving the floor panels. So we have inspection
on the ribs and the area Of emergency exit.

This is the bones of the 320. – Yes. (hydraulics screeching) What is this noise? – This is a hydraulic
pump that is operating. So you can hear the hydraulic pressure. It feels like somebody's
chainsawing something like somebody is cutting
the floor for this sound. This is a part of the
passenger service unit. It is the lights and the call buttons as you can see from below and we have lowered them
in order to inspect them and check them, clean them
and make them new again. – What's this bulky
thing in the middle here. – This is the galley but we have remove it to inspect the rear of the aeroplane, the tail section. Here is where the ovens we'll place, and here is where we place
the trolley when we fly. Now we have remove it and
we're going to clean it. We're going to inspect it. And we're going to reform it. This is the rear side of the aeroplane. As you see we have removed
the galleys and the toilets. So the aeroplane now is completely empty. And we have remove also the panels from the ceiling and
the panels of the rear.

And we will start our
inspections later on. (indistinct) The top of A320 tail,
we will show you what we are doing up there, we inspect the tail
section of the aeroplane. – Okay, let's go. – Let's go. (upbeat music) – Wow. – So we are almost on the top. Here we have opened the rudder area. These three, one, two,
three are the actuators that are moving the rudder left and right. Hydraulic actually. – Okay. – Three different hydraulic
systems for system safety. In case that one fail, You have two more. – Yes. For redundancy. – From here, you have another view of this fuselage of the aeroplane. – It's pretty impressive. We climb up the stairs. We're now we're 20 metre high,
level with the A320 tail. – Here you can touch the
horizontal stabiliser. – That's the perk come to engineering. You got to see all this
stuff behind the scenes. The actuator, holding the rudder and now touching the stabilisers. Strong man, not even moving.

(upbeat music) So Sam, here we have
remove all the funnels and we are going to inspect the area. This one, you can see
it's the reserved one from the blue hydraulic system,
one of the three (indistinct). – Oh, three of them? – Yes, here is one of them, the reservoir one of these system. And this big duct here, is from the APU. It's coming, and is carrying
rush of air in order to start the engines. My colleagues here, they will move the transportation base below the engine because we are going to remove the engine and then we will remove also
the pylon for inspection. Do you know what they're doing now? – No, I have no idea. – They are doing the preparation to remove the thrust prevention of the engine.

We are going to remove the engine and we've going to remove also the pylon, so now my colleagues here are removing the parts of the engine. Do you know what is this? – No, I don't know. This is the brain of the engine. It cost about 200,000 euros and it controls the engine. It's a computer. – It's the computer of the engine. – Yes. Sam, do you know what these are. It looks like some engine cowling removed. – Yes, it is the thrust
preventions of the engine, the rear. – Oh, the thrust reversers on the 320. – Yes, it's assisting the
aeroplane to braking then to land So we have removed them.

We have placed them in a special
base and we were going to inspect them. Sam, do you know what are inside here? – Under the nose? – Yes. – Wow, this is interesting. Ah.
– You can see a lot of electronic computers inside there. This is the avionics bay. One of the three avionics bays that we
have in the Airbus A320. This is the newest member of the family. It's the first A-321 Neo. We're going to have
three more to total four.

We have also the opportunity
to power up the aeroplane. First, we have to power
up external generator to give power to the aeroplane. Then we will give power to the cockpit. Let's power up. (generator roaring) Are you saying I'm the
first person to open a door – Exactly. – On this brand new, – The first one, the first passenger. – Wow. This is such an honour, actually. First time a brand new
plane to open the door and it was home base here.

– Let's lift it up. – Whoa, exactly, now open. – Wow. – Welcome on board. – We got to go inside a brand new plane. – So just press this. – Press this to power up? – Yes, and the cabin will light up – Oh, beautiful. My God, I'm wearing a mask,
but I'm going to tell you the smell, it's amazing. This smells like a new car. So Sham, we are in the cockpit
of our brand new A321 mil. How do you feel that you got a captain? – Yeah. I'm feeling great, man. Look, I'm playing with the
joystick here left and right. See, there's a trigger here, push and talk autopilot disengage. Yeah, but there's no power inside. How do you power up the cockpit? – Yes, let's give some
life to the aeroplane. – Yeah. – So just press this button. – Just press this button here. – Now available. – The external power. – Yes – Oh, something came on.

Oh my God. Wow. Oh, the screen is coming on. Oh, finally we have air conditioning. (air conditioning humming) (upbeat music) – How cool is this? It's like almost a hundred
million toy at my disposal. And I'm one of the first sitting here. (upbeat music) I'm at the Aegean business
class lounge here. Pretty good lounge, Comfortable seating. Very quiet. I was told the
best, part of this lounge, pre-COVID was the hot snacks they served. But obviously right now,
everything is like this, this sealed, pre-packaged,
there's still quite a lot of choice to be honest here but I hope they bring back the old food. Eventually. I think
Greece has done quite well as a country to fight COVID,
they have very strict protocols and follow all the regulations
and things like this.

And hopefully, eventually
this will pay off. So yeah. Bye. – Have a nice flight. So on this trip to Samos,my
friend Nick is joining me and he was telling me
every domestic flight, you take a bus boarding
all the (indistinct). It can get very hot in the summer. I can see you smiling through the mask. – Yeah. – That's a nice mask to get. Our flight Athens to Samos, flight time is approximately 40 minutes.

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