HISTORY: HELLENIC IMPERIAL AIRWAYS was incorporated in May 2006 by a team of industry veterans, and operated charter flights and aircraft leasing on an ACMI basis. The airline's head office was in Elliniko, South Athens. The airline commenced scheduled operations on 30 May 2009 with services between Athens and Birmingham UK, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and Casablanca Morocco. On June 24, 2011, Hellenic Imperial Airways inaugurated its first direct flight HT0411 from Athens to New York JFK operated by Boeing 747-200B as opposed to the planned Airbus A340-300. Pakistan International Airlines had leased two Boeing 747-200 during the Hajj 2011 for domestic operations within Pakistan. At the end of 2011, Hellenic Imperial Airways suspended all of its scheduled flights. It operated very few charter flights in 2012; since then, the airline has suspended operations. Two of its Boeing 747-200B aircraft were abandoned at Athens International Airport while the remaining two were stored at Karachi and Jakarta. In March 2015, former employees were granted the right by a Greek court to auction off for sale the remaining two 747s which were abandoned at Athens. Later that month the aircraft were to be ferried to Pakistan although in mid-flight the aircraft were diverted to Iran and entered into the Iran Air fleet. One of these airplanes is still stored at Athens International Airport.
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