Azstagecoach From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3215 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]
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4247 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3121 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.
Bwione From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3066 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 FI 642 did depart around 10:00 p.m., but the flight plan for FI 642A is no longer active.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.
Flyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 856 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2644 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
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
PWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2541 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.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5802 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2510 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'.