Ironminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
I flew from BWI to CDG once, chnging planes in Keflavik on the way, which I assume you will do. Service will probably be on a 757 to KFV, with a 737 to LHR. Food and drink and seatpitch are OK, but we actually had to PAY for our liquor on the flight (except for one segment, when they were giving it away, at least to me). The ONLY reason to take this is because it is supremely cheap; but with the other airlines getting you across the pond pretty inexpensively, you may want to go with one of htem and spare yourself the connection. (The connection, however, is easy, it all happens in one hall of the airport, and there's some decent duty free shopping -- I bought a box of cigars -- and a bar).
Aussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
You must have flown a while ago Ironminds.
Icelandair have got rid of their 737s and fly a 757-200 only fleet. The are expecting 2 757-300s soon.
I flew them this March from Paris-KEF and return. I found them to be SUPERB. Friendly service, immaculate plane (it was 4 days old on the outward leg - complete with the new 777-style interior), free alcohol, plenty of legroom etc.
I was most surprised, I must say, having expected the service to be average.
So I think you should enjoy it.
And if you have the time, I seriously recommend a stopover in Iceland for a day or two. It is an amazing place, though life is quite expensive.
Ironminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 2605 times:
Yeah, it was a while ago, Aussie, a few years. The biggest thing that made an impression on me was the fare, which was something like $99 each way! Me and a bunch of my mates took them up on it for a long weekend of Parisian debauchery.
Neder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2565 times:
Icelandair would be a good choice, although if you're intending to go from New York between 9 Jan - 12 March, then forget it, as Icelandair is halting services to JFK during that period.
I agree with Aussie_ on the experience. It really is a very nice airline, although you only get free alcohol with the meal. If they were to give free alcohol, they'd soon run out, as the mentality of Icelanders is that free alcohol should not be refused, never!
The service is great, food allright, and planes all 757s (although they might still have one 737 left, but that one only does Copenhagen/Amsterdam).
The change in Keflavik is hassle-free, infact, it's quite nice to have a stroll in Keflavik Airport. There are nice shops and a great duty-free.
Hope you make the right choice- Icelandair!
Scand_Flyer From Norway, joined Nov 2000, 65 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
I've flown Icelandair from Oslo to JFK with a connection in Keflavik three times. It's always been a pleasure. The connection in Keflavik is no stress at all. I can't remember exactly how many gates the airport has, but I think about 7? Well, it's not like you're going to get lost...
If you have the chance, spend a day or two in Reykjavik. Iceland is very expensive, but also a very exciting country to visit.
I've always chosen Icelandair simply because they've offered very good fares. But the experience has always been great, and their service doesn't stand back to any other airline I've flown. (That's not too many, but still...
So, if Icelandair offers you a good fare, and you don't mind the connection, which is very quick by the way, go with Icelandair.