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Icelandair CXL's 2nd Straight At BWI Wed Night  
User currently offlineAzstagecoach From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Just got off the phone with my girlfriend, who was scheduled to fly Icelandair 642 this evening from BWI to Rekjavek. After waiting until after boarding time, the Icelandair staff announce that the passengers from *yesterday's* flight will now be boarding, and they don't know what will happen with tonight's passengers. Apparently the passengers from last night had enplaned and deplaned a few times already. Worse, there was no sign of a second plane--and the Icelandair ground staff isn't saying a word about what is going on. I hate to say it but it looks like my girlfriend is spending the night at BWI!

I know this is a discount airline, but what kind of third rate company screws its passengers for two days in a row!

Does this happen often?

UPDATE: Flight 642 has been cancelled for the second striaght day. Passengers are being sent to hotels and they are announcing a 24 hour delay. Unbelievable!
[Edited 2006-06-08 04:16:17]

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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4120 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

There must be a real good reason why they don't (or can't), but my first thought would be to fly the Boston flight down to BWI to pick up who they can (lottery? haha) and then go from there to Iceland. Maybe it's a stretch to try that with the MSP flight, but if I were Icelandair's management I'd look to see if I could route one of my other flights into BWI. But with 'only' 757s, (and -200s to boot, rather than the -300s they sometimes use at Boston), there can't be many available seats.

Bottom line: People rave about Icelandair when things go peachy. But one problem can cascade into an avalanche because the carrier is very thin and can't fashion much in the way of a contingency plan.

Chris in NH


User currently offlineBwione From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Last nights aircraft apparently had a mechanical after arriving at BWI and the flight to KEF was cancelled. Another aircraft did arrive tonight as FI 643 from KEF, so there were two aircraft at BWI. There were both supposed to be departing tonight, one as the regular FI 642 and the second as FI 642A. FI 642 did depart around 10:00 p.m., but the flight plan for FI 642A is no longer active. The only thing that I can figure is that the aircraft from last night was still OTS, so they flew yesterdays passengers out tonight on 642 and delayed tonights passengers.

[Edited 2006-06-08 05:53:02]

User currently offlineAzstagecoach From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Quoting Bwione (Reply 2):
The only thing that I can figure is that the aircraft from last night was still OTS, so they flew yesterdays passengers out tonight on 642 and delayed tonights passengers.

This appears to be what happened, as they later announced they would try and start the bad engine on the "second" plane, which was actually the plane from the day before.

An interesting addendum: FI put the passengers up for the night... in Annapolis!


User currently offlineBwione From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2589 times:

I see that there is an Icelandair aircraft due to ferry in empty from Nassau later this afternoon and another one due to arrive from JFK, so hopefully your girlfriend will get out tonight.

User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

Parked next to the UPS ramp as of 6.30 this morning (with winglets).

User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

TF-FIP is the aircraft in question. An electrical problem with the number one engine seems to be the problem.

North American is doing a rescue flight for the stranded passengers, while a second 757 is coming in from KEF to take out tonights passengers.

Passengers were sent to Annapolis due to lack of hotels in the BWI area as a convention has taken everything around the airport.

It was decided earlier today not to bring a bird in from NAS.

[Edited 2006-06-08 23:55:34]


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User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

thats bad. Icelandair is a relativly small carrier so when one plane goes tech it screws their whole schedule.

A bit off topic but today the radar was out here at ARN , which caused a lot of delays. FI307 departed 4 hours late to KEF and teh second daily flight that was due to leave at 1012 pm is delayed untill 540 am..lol
poore people.
The first flight was delayed due to radar being out at ARN, but the second one could be late incoming aircraft.

Quoting Azstagecoach (Thread starter):
got off the phone with my girlfriend, who was scheduled to fly Icelandair 642 this evening from BWI to Rekjavek.

it is called Reykjavik



I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter
User currently offlineChris133 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Its unfortunate but every airline has had that happen at some point in time (even the best ones). Well if your stuck in BWI pick up a crab cake from G&M for me, i miss them.

User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Quoting Azstagecoach (Thread starter):
I know this is a discount airline, but what kind of third rate company screws its passengers for two days in a row!

Icelandair may be a small carrier, but it's anything but what I'd refer to as a "third rate" or 'discount" carrier. Maybe this could have described Icelandair thirty years ago, but not today. I've flown with them several times over the last ten years and they are comparable with most of the other airlines I take across the Atlantic.


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5464 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Quoting Azstagecoach (Reply 3):
An interesting addendum: FI put the passengers up for the night... in Annapolis!

That is interesting. Annapolis isn't that far from BWI, about 20+ miles; I think I'd much rather be in Annapolis that at the Airport Sheraton where there is nothing to do and no place even to take a decent walk.



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineChris133 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 10):
the Airport Sheraton where there is nothing to do and no place even to take a decent walk.

Well there is the BWI trail that surrounds the airport. It is a great paved trail that has the best spoting locations. Its perfect for a walk, run or bike ride.


User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

FIP ferried back to KEF last night. Who would ever think -3- trips to KEF in one evening. Hopefully things will be okay for a while at BWI for Icelandair!


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