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Icelandair. What Are They Like?  
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5710 times:

I have had a change of plan and may be going to Boston for a long weekend as it is quite cheap flying Icelandair from LHR via KEF.

What is their service like and comfort issues i.e pitch entertainment etc.

Any information would be of great help as i will have to book by tomorrow (31/07/03)

Regards

Stu

31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19186 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5648 times:

I don't know anything about the service aboard FI, but which website did you use to find the fare?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5638 times:

I used Trailfinders. i phoned up and got quoted £150 + VAT of £67 rtn to BOS from LHR

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19186 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5635 times:

Gees! Damn good! Better watch out, or else that seat will be gone.  Big grin lol


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5626 times:

Keeping dates to my self. they have been on sale all month so i will def get them booked

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19186 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

I was thinking of going to CAI again soon for my birthday (went earlier this year, too), but the £218 (OA) and £221 (LH) appear to have gone. Typical, eh?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Icelandair is pretty similar to most full fare airlines. You don't get PTV's but there is an overhead TV every 2 rows so its not like you are struggling for entertainment. The food is good, if you get on the 752's and you sit as far front as possible you'll get the old business class seats with better seatpitch and are wider, but they don't have them on the 753's. The seatpitch is pretty good anyway.



User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5589 times:

Thanks EGGD thats very useful thanks. whats the seat pitch or does anyone know where i can find some information

User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5560 times:

Try http://www.icelandair.com  Big grin

Poor website, very slow... But there's detail there if you click on 'Services'.

GoAround



GoAround
User currently offlineNeder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

Icelandair's actually quite nice. The food allright, better on Iceland-US sectors than the European routes. The planes are quite comfortable, the FAs are nearly all a happy good-looking bunch. Also, the best (economy) seats are I think row 7 or 8, loads of space there (by the entrance), although there is a toilet in front, but no odour or anything like that.
Well, I'm sure you'll enjoy your flight with them, as I have every time I've flown with them. (Oh, one thing though, you'll only get free wine/beer with the meal, if you want more, you'll have to pay.)


User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5499 times:

Their website is working just fine now.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10594 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

Flew them to New York a decade ago. Service adequate, aircraft inadequate (the 757 is unsuitable for longhaul). The best thing was the stopover on Iceland.

User currently offlineWunderk From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5433 times:


One thing I like about Icelandair is they have cool music. I like listening to the techno music channel when the plane is accelerating to take off. I like that energy feel.


User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5352 times:

Thanks everyone. really appriciate all the feedback.

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5346 times:

I had a friend who flew Icelandair from BWI-KEF-FRA; she wanted to use her layover (which was 4 hours, I think) to explore Reykjavik, but didn't realize she'd be in Iceland at 3:00 AM. So take that into consideration!


"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

i have and the schedule is:

Icelandair
FI 451 Heathrow (LHR), London, United Kingdom 13:00
Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 16:00
Non-stop 752
Icelandair
FI 633 Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 17:00
Logan Int'l (BOS), Boston, MA, USA 17:50
Non-stop 752

Icelandair
FI 632 Logan Int'l (BOS), Boston, MA, USA 20:35
Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 06:40 + 1 day(s)
Non-stop 752
Icelandair
FI 450 Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 09:00
Heathrow (LHR), London, United Kingdom 12:00
Non-stop 757

This is from the Icelandair web site

is the non-stop 757 the 300 series because the other legs are on the 752's

Regards

Stu


User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

Icelandair is very nice! They also have cheap flights between European and American destinations. Have a nice trip!

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6374 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5154 times:

Yes, I think that "757" in Icelandair language means "753".

A week ago I was in Iceland, going up on what was scheduled as a "757", which which was a 753. Down again was sheduled as a 752 which it was.

Be aware that their one and only brand new 753 (reg. TF-FIX) is even more cramped than their 752s in Y class.

I am 6'2" and sit quite comfortably in the 752s. The 753 is a real pain. But a friendly F/A took notice of my sufferings and replaced me right after take-off to an emergency exit row with plenty of legroom.

That saved the day, but I cannot trust that the same miracle happens next time. Therefore I will never again book a flight on Icelandair which is scheduled as "757", even if it means that I will have to take Iceland Express instead. Their 733 is probably also cramped, but it can't be worse. And even if it is worse, then it really doesn't matter when one has to stand upright in the aisle all way.

I liked their DC-8s better, but that was 25 years ago. Yes, I have flown 50+ sectors with Icelandair - have been in Iceland twice already this year.

But in any case, if you are 6 feet tall or less, then no real problem. Enjoy your trip. Icelandair is a fine, friendly and punctual company.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5109 times:

Icelandair were great. Flew them CDG-KEF and return in 2001 on their (then) brand new TF-FIV in both directions.

For the fare I paid, I couldn't praise them highly enough.


User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

I have just confirmed my flights and are booked. I will be departing LHR on 14th NOV bound for BOS for a long weekend. whats Logan like for spotting and whats the weather like at that time of year except for being really cold.

Regards

Stu


User currently offlineAirdolomiti From Germany, joined May 2003, 687 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4949 times:

I must have been quite unlucky since the flight attendants on my two recent Icelandair flights (FI503 AMS-KEF and FI502 KEF-AMS) were not exactly the frendliest - not rude, but just ice-cold. Not one smile, and the service seemed a bit slower than on other carriers (my impression at any rate), and impersonal too.

I was really surprisingly disappointed, especially after all the favorable comments I had read. However, the wonderful 8 days I spent in Iceland more than made up for it!  Smile


User currently offlineWunderk From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4853 times:


I think Icelandair is the first airline in the world that puts a bottle of water (labelled Cool Icelandic Water) in the seat pocket in front of every passenger.


User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

Whats transit like through KEF?????? i have got 1hr on the outbound route and 2hrs40 on return leg

Regards

Stu


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

Yeah the f/a's on my return flight (753) weren't as 'enthusiastic', they were also older, probably the problem  Big grin. As I said the first 5-6 rows on the 752's have the old business class seats, which are much wider and have more legroom than the normal economy seats, so if you are on a 752 try and get those seats.

KEF is a pretty mediocre/poor airport, its not very well designed at all and if their are alot of flights when you arrive then it'll be really cramped..


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

BDR: Logan is a decent airport to spot at. Lots of large, domestic movements (767s and such to ATL, LAX, etc) and a decent array of European carriers (most of which arrive between 12:30 and 17:00). There are some decent on-airport sights to spot (the top level of the Terminal B parking garage). I've heard stories of some people being harrassed, but haven't heard about anyone getting booted from the garage (not to say it hasn't happened). Some off airport sites are Castle Island (Ft. Independence) in South Boston and Constitution Beach in East Boston.

The weather will most likely be typical, November weather: grey, windy, some rain, and temps around 8-11 degrees Celsius with nights going down to 3 to -1.



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
25 Capital146 : Sorry BDRules, I can't offer any comments on the transit through KEF as I've never been to date (though I want to visit Iceland). All I can say is tha
26 Post contains images SAS_A330-300 : Whats transit like through KEF?????? i have got 1hr on the outbound route and 2hrs40 on return leg. No problem my friend, there's only one pier and ab
27 ANA777master : Flew to LHR back in '99 and the flight attendants were ALL bitches
28 Vulindlela744 : I flew on Icelandair back in '94 from FLL to OSL via KEF. They were very good in my opinion. The flight was very pleasant and extremely professional.
29 Post contains links STT757 : Boston is an awesome town, lots to do and great history. And if your a Brit your going to appreciate it's "New England" heritage. Do you have a place
30 BDRules : STT757, I have been looking at hotels because thats what i do for a living and thats one that jumped out at me. I can also get discounts so i have bee
31 Neder99 : There's actually a new building at KEF, at the end of the long ramp thing. It's used mainly for non-Schengen flights (US/UK/Switzerland)- although it'
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