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US Flagged Carriers Coding To KEF/Iceland?  
User currently offlineJoelfreak From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 43 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

Does any US flagged carrier offer flights from the US into Iceland? I checked many sites, as well as Star Alliance's web site, and it seems that even though the EU carriers will fly from EU, the US carriers just leave it all to FI. Am I missing something?

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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2924 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

You are correct. The only direct link from the Americas to Iceland is on FI. They are not part of any alliance - and I am uncertain if they code-share with any airlines.

User currently offlineDeltaHolland From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

They offer a great product...maybe they should join an alliance?

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25311 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

I may be overlooking somthing, but I believe Pan Am was the last U.S. carrier to serve Iceland and that was many years ago and only a couple of times a week. I believe Pan Am's service was largely to support what was then a sizable U.S. military presence in Iceland. I think PA dropped KEF sometime in the 1970s.

User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2367 times:



Quoting DeltaHolland (Reply 2):
They offer a great product...maybe they should join an alliance?

I hope they do, any idea on which alliance they are closest to?

I read PlymSpotter's great TR on FI, their aircraft look very good with the new cabins.



seemyseems
User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

FI uses Iceland mainly as a connecting hub as SQ does, but in the case of Singapore many carriers fly there. KL and AF fly to SIN, but not to KEF, why is that? Iceland is way bigger then Singapore.

User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2924 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2287 times:



Quoting Kl911 (Reply 5):
Iceland is way bigger then Singapore.

In terms of population, economy or traffic? Singapore has abut 4.8MM people; Iceland 300,000.


User currently offlineEaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2278 times:



Quoting Kl911 (Reply 5):
Iceland is way bigger then Singapore.

In size but no way in population.


User currently offlineKlwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

I think FI has always seen themselves as doing their own thing, their own way, they serve a niche and see themselves not needing an alliance.

The topic of US carriers going to Iceland is always coming up and people beat the subject down with comments....

Five years ago, I went to Iceland. What an extraordinary place!

Yes, FI uses KEF as a stopover and transit point, and their package travel deals usually feature a relaxation stayover in Iceland...

Many people around me on the flights were connecting in KEF.

There is a simple reason US carriers don't fly there... Any money made wouldn't justify the cost. the market is so small. There are greener fields elsewhere..

A US carrier might do OK with summer only service with a 737 from maybe EWR or BOS. But even that is a maybe.

The route is too thin.


User currently offlineJoelfreak From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

Problem is, no US carrier would even allow you to book you using miles or even code-share...

User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2112 times:



Quoting Joelfreak (Reply 9):
Problem is, no US carrier would even allow you to book you using miles or even code-share...

For what it's worth - probably just an interesting bit of trivia - Icelandair did participate in the TWA frequent flyer programme back in the days!


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2098 times:



Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 1):
and I am uncertain if they code-share with any airlines.

The code-share with AY at least.


User currently offlineMats From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

Icelandair used to have a marketing agreement with Southwest. I don't believe that they had "through" check-in or interline bags, and it was not a codeshare. But they did offer at least a joint sales agreement by way of the BWI hub.

I think it would be smart for Icelandair to establish ties with a US carrier in Florida, New York, Minneapolis, or Seattle. But I'm sure they've thought about it.


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4574 posts, RR: 41
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1925 times:



Quoting Kl911 (Reply 5):
FI uses Iceland mainly as a connecting hub as SQ does, but in the case of Singapore many carriers fly there. KL and AF fly to SIN, but not to KEF, why is that?

There was a discussion the other week which touched on this: Why Is FI Not Similar To EK? (by EXTspotter May 27 2009 in Civil Aviation)

V/F



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