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Icelandair To Japan?  
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

According to the Swedish Flygtorget.se Icelandair is planning to open a route to Japan, to get more Japanese tourists to Iceland. Unfortunately the short news didn't give much more details.
Anyone heard more? I guess they would need a widebody for the route, the B757 not very practical in this case?

Perhaps Icelandair could co-operate with Finnair which serves three cities in Japan. These two could be a strong couple otherwise too, operating in large area, from US East Coast to Far East, via Europe. The Icelanders already own quite a bit of Finnair.
Finnair + Icelandair = NordAir? NorthenStar? BlueIce?  Smile

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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3008 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

If they wanted to, I would think Icelandair could do it with their 767-300ER.


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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6843 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

5481 miles on the great circle RKV-NRT

Too far for the 757 I'd guess.

RKV-ANC-NRT is about 3400 miles each stage which would suit the 757.



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User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Quoting Andaman (Thread starter):
Perhaps Icelandair could co-operate with Finnair which serves three cities in Japan

Yes, after Icelandair has acquired (the rest of) Finnair.


User currently offlineBy188b From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

I was in KEF at the end of september. There was a icelandair flight on the departure board which was flying to Tokyo.


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User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

It might work. The Japanese love watching the northern lights. The Alaska tourism industry has capitolized on the northern lights to boost winter tourism.


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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Quoting FFlyer (Reply 3):

Yes, after Icelandair has acquired (the rest of) Finnair.

Actually it is an Icelandic investor group buying Finnair, not Icelandair itself.
I don't believe Finnish state will give up the majority of AY in near future,
perhaps other way around, AY could become one owner of FI. Finnair is bigger and it seems they have money, they already wanted to buy SAS's long haul division.

[Edited 2007-01-03 18:28:31]

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 6):
Actually it is an Icelandic investor group buying Finnair, not Icelandair itself.

FL group are the investors. They recently floated Icelandair. FL Group was orginally Icelandair but as Icelandair's investments grew (e.g. Easyjet), FL Group was formed. Now FL group has sold its original business and is starting to move into non aviation investments



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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1403 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

Well, they also have 2 787's on order, so perhaps that's the grand plan for using those aircraft...?

Also, I wonder if the KEF-NRT departure would be timed to allow for connections from North America or from Europe. Seems out of the way for either set of passengers, but I can't imagine FI filling a 787 with strictly O&D traffic from Japan.

-Mike



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