Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2448 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?
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2197 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.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4937 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2039 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
Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1410 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1990 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.