Planemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1012 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
I think Icelandair used Luxembourg when bi-laterals were very restrictive on trans-Atlantic routes. Icelandair found Luxembourg to be the gateway for bringing American passengers to Europe; they provided the cheapest access to the heart of Europe in most cases. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, with the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and other European nations relaxing on bi-laterals with the US, competition lowered the price on US-Europe routes considerably, and Icelandair changed its strategy by having a hub in KEF, bringing in planes from all across North America around the same time, and then taking passengers to Western Europe. That strategy has paid off well, I think. I traveled to Copenhagen from New York last year, and the flights were quite full, and I have been told by others that Icelandair pulls good loads from N. America. If you ever use Icelandair to Europe (or to the US for that matter), make a stopover in Iceland. It is one of the most beautiful countries to visit.
ScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
I flew Icelandair in March 2002 GLA-KEF-BOS-KEF-GLA. The planes were comfortable and clean. Iceland does look loke no place on Earth. It is amazing. On the KEF-GLA leg I got on their 753 TF-FIX which at the time was almost brand new. I wouldn't have known if I hadn't seen the aircraft information on what I think was the toilet door if I remember correctly.
Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1410 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3195 times:
Hey, that's exciting news about Icelandair, whom I get to fly for the first time next month on MSP-KEF-CPH-KEF-MSP!
Mozart, I can confirm that service to LUX went on till at least October 1998. It was fairly popular amongst college students who studied abroad, which might explain why they don't fly the route any more (i.e. low yields).
Klyk1980 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
I will fly FI for the first time for my first European trip BOS-KEF-LHR-KEF-BOS. I will stopover for a night for sightseeing, I am thrilled!! Their reservation staffs are great and very helpful. Their stopover hotel rate is the lowest you can find nowhere!!
But from Skytrax website, FI with quiet a lot negative comments...anyone can share their experience here as well?
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2614 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
I remember ads for this service in the Louisville, Kentucky "Courier-Journal" newspaper WA-A-A-AY back (perhaps 80's?).
I believe the flight was out of Chicago, and advertised service into Luxemburg ("the Heart of Europe", complete with a large heart denoting Luxemburg).
Very little, if anything, was mentioned about the stop in Iceland. On the contrary, the focus was on Luxemburg and how close major cities in central Europe were (of course they fudged a bit and had their simple map horribly out of scale).
I also remember ads for Northwest Orient and Varig Brazilian Airlines (out of ORD) to Tokyo and Brazil (of course the ad showed Rio, but did they fly nonstop to Rio?).
This was certainly before the age of codeshares, so you were on your own in getting to Chicago! I was always so excited to see an ad for a foreign airliner in my own little hometown newspaper!