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Iceland Express Starting Flights To New York  
User currently offlineEaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 980 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13111 times:

Iceland Express will announce later today that it will add New York to it's destinations. It will operate the same model as Icelandair where it will use Iceland as a connection for people traveling across the Atlantic.

Iceland Express is a low cost carrier and as such it will be perhaps the first transatlantic low cost carrier.

A press release will confirm this later today.

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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13010 times:

Good luck to them if this does take off.
Would this mean the first attempt at low cost trans-Atlantic travel if this goes ahead?

Now all we need is a trans-Pacific operator to do the same so then one can do RTW in true low cost style.


User currently offlineBMED From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 860 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12991 times:

Will they be brining new equipment to operate these flights or are the B733's able to operate the route?


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User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12957 times:



Quoting Eaa3 (Thread starter):

Iceland Express is a low cost carrier and as such it will be perhaps the first transatlantic low cost carrier.

Nah! That's been done before many times: People Express, Citybird, TowerAir, Laker Airways, Zoom, etc....


User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2963 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12952 times:

They might be a low cost carrier but they are most certainly not a low fare carrier...
Thus, I am not too sure if this whole connecting business will work, unless a TATL-itinerary will be cheaper than the single sectors combined in two.



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User currently offlineEaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12941 times:



Quoting BMED (Reply 2):
Will they be brining new equipment to operate these flights or are the B733's able to operate the route?

They will lease a new type that can operate this route, such as the 757.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12911 times:
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Interesting move indeed!

No sure how they plan to sell these unless they offer 1 stop flights from say London etc.

Pricing will have to be very keen, there are some really cheap prices out there at the moment and it's likely to be this way for a while - excluding christmas!



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User currently offlineBojangles From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12599 times:



Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 1):
Now all we need is a trans-Pacific operator to do the same so then one can do RTW in true low cost style.

Why?! Sounds ghastly to me  Smile


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4915 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12558 times:



Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 5):
They will lease a new type that can operate this route, such as the 757

Astraeus can provide them with a B757, indeed havent they been using an AEU B757 for some flights?



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User currently offlineNorlander From Faroe Islands, joined Sep 2007, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12498 times:



Quoting Ushermittwoch (Reply 4):
They might be a low cost carrier but they are most certainly not a low fare carrier...

I think that entirely depends upon your point of view. For instance you'll get from CPH to KEF and back on 5W for €338, which in my view is cheap. FL takes €450 for the same trip.



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User currently offlineJetSetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12228 times:

This is great news to hear. I wonder if the flights on the JFK-KEF route will be as expensive as FI. Funny how JFK-KEF-ARN is cheaper than JFK-KEF. I'm looking to take some long weekend trips to Reykjavik...who need Vegas when there is Iceland!?!

Rob


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16694 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12153 times:



Quoting JetSetter629 (Reply 10):
who need Vegas when there is Iceland!?!

I just got back from the Venetian in Las Vegas, I highly doubt the skirts get as short in Iceland as they do in Vegas. My mind could not comprehend what I was seeing, shame I'm married.

A 10 in NYC is a 6 or 7 in Vegas.



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User currently offlineEaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12137 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
No sure how they plan to sell these unless they offer 1 stop flights from say London etc.

That's the plan .... and from a bunch of other destinations. They have a lot of small destinations all over Europe that don't have direct service to the U.S.

Quoting Norlander (Reply 9):
I think that entirely depends upon your point of view. For instance you'll get from CPH to KEF and back on 5W for €338, which in my view is cheap. FL takes €450 for the same trip.

Yeah. They are not "Ryanair" cheap. Hopefully they will be cheaper than their competition across the Atlantic though.



I wonder if their schedule will match that of Icelandair i.e. the connection times.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11573 posts, RR: 61
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11856 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 11):
I just got back from the Venetian in Las Vegas, I highly doubt the skirts get as short in Iceland as they do in Vegas. My mind could not comprehend what I was seeing, shame I'm married.

Might not be as short, but the girls are much much cuter in Iceland. It's the Scandinavian influence  Wink



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User currently offlineMbe0002 From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11495 times:



Quoting JetSetter629 (Reply 10):
Funny how JFK-KEF-ARN is cheaper than JFK-KEF

they know that people travelling to iceland do not have many choices  Wink


User currently offlineJetSetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 11001 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 13):
Might not be as short, but the girls are much much cuter in Iceland. It's the Scandinavian influence

Oh I agree - what a wild city with a beautiful population

Quoting Mbe0002 (Reply 14):
they know that people travelling to iceland do not have many choices

Hopefully they will still bring the price down a bit


Any word on launch date or starting airfares?

[Edited 2009-09-28 08:48:45]

User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10889 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 13):
It's the Scandinavian influence  

Mm, not too sure about that. Rather Polish influence.    

As IEx’s owners are the same as Astræus’, they will surely get Astræus’ 757s. I hope they will apply lower fares than Icelandair.

On another note: Yesterday I flew with Icelandair KEF-FRA. It wasn’t at all better than flying with IEx. They charge for headphones and they charge for food and they charge more for the flight (yeah I know IEx don’t fly to FRA but nevertheless) than IEx. Also, IEx’s ham and cheese baguette tops the little variety of sandwiches IceAir have.

So, flying Iceland-Europe, IEx isn’t at all worse. Sometimes one also gets to use ”airstairs”, which means shorter de-boarding times.  

[Edited 2009-09-28 08:58:47]

User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2169 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10630 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
Pricing will have to be very keen, there are some really cheap prices out there at the moment and it's likely to be this way for a while - excluding christmas!

Yeah, but it is also slow touristic season in Iceland until at least May. Cold, dark and windy it will become for the next few months. Wishing luck to IEx, honestly.
Seasonality of the traffic explains, in part, why airfares to Iceland are generally high (low demand in the winter = high costs to be covered as a 757 is a 757, full or empty, high demand in the summer = easy money!!!). Other part being the lack of competition, but is there really room for two airlines in Iceland? (on the ground at KEF, there is for sure, but to be filled up year round in the air is the question...)



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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 10348 times:



Quoting YULWinterSkies (Reply 17):
but is there really room for two airlines in Iceland?

For the consumer, it is. When there’s only one airline flying to Iceland, it can have its prices set to whatever it wnats, and the consumers would have to pay, if they would want to go to Iceland at all.


User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 10268 times:

Although they are considered a legacy carrier here in the United States, US Airways is technically a low-cost carrier, so we already have a TATL LCC. I wouldn't think that they're really in competition with Iceland Express, however, since US doesn't make a stop in Iceland. It'll be interesting to see what happens with this.

-J.



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19107 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 10143 times:



Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 19):
US Airways is technically a low-cost carrier

 rotfl  People always say that. But: yeah, right!  Wink



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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 10072 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 20):
People always say that. But: yeah, right!

FWIW, US is by far the cheapest and most convenient (flies to LGA) carrier for flying home from college (ROC-NYC). Everyone says how JetBlue is the best, but US is cheaper and has 3 more daily turns than B6 I think.

But I know what you mean  Smile

-J.



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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2889 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 10022 times:

Anybody else get the Icelandair banner ad touting Seattle on this thread? Clever.

User currently offlineNormie999 From United Kingdom, joined May 2009, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9758 times:

Possibly in response to this, Icelandair has just announced expansion plans for next year. 10% increase mentioned across the board - link from here - http://insidetraveller.co.uk/blog/?p=387.

The idea of Iceland Express competing with Icelandair to N America has been around for some time (mentioned around 2007 on their Wiki page I believe), so it may be all a bit of wishful thinking, though with Astreus equipment it perhaps has more chance of becoming reaility.


User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1975 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8957 times:

FWIW, EI is an LCC too, and their fares are VERY cheap, less than $200ow BOS/JFK-DUB. But back to the topic onhand, I wonder how well this is going to work, as FI relies on connections more than local traffic (Iceland itself has only 320,000 people- a little smaller than Cincinatti and only a little larger than Pittsburgh). New York is the primary TATL destination in the US, so maybe there is a chance of it working, however. Which airport are they going to, JFK or EWR?


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25 Viscount724 : FI will have to deal with something they're not used to in the U.S.-Iceland market -- competition. I think the last time there were two carriers opera
26 Prebennorholm : Low cost or low fare, we may name them whatever we want. I used to call them an absolutely okay airline. I have used them on many occations ever sinc
27 Kevinasaurus : Was Zoom not considered a low cost carrier?
28 Viscount724 : Ryanair's website also says: "Ryanair, as a policy, does not overbook its flights."
29 Aero145 : Sorry to quote you again and sorry Eaa3 to go off-topic again, but FWIW, there was a Polish girl who won first runner up to Miss Iceland this year.
30 DC10Widebody : Looking forward to flying Icelandair, it is great to have a lowcost TATL option in Icelandair from SEA, we have all the full service carriers BA, AF,
31 Eaa3 : I meant of the conventional European LCC's. BTW. is Air Berlin considered a LCC.
32 Prebennorholm : Thanks Viscount, I didn't know that. But on other issues Iceland Express has a rather different attitude. I have already mentioned baggage and baggag
33 Normie999 : Iceland Express has also announced a weekly Gatwick-Akureyri service next summer. The UK Press had several artlicles this weekend about discovering th
34 Post contains links and images Shankly : You are right. Indeed the Icelanders started it all with Loftleidir View Large View MediumPhoto © Halldor Gudmundsson
35 Eaa3 : They will be flying to Newark btw.
36 Aero145 : I think it’s meant as going to KEF, see the country, and leave from AEY, or vice-versa. Makes sense to me, and would be more convenient, not having
37 Prebennorholm : Depending on your interests I wouldn't say that. If you are dreaming about spending a vacation in a nightclub on a backpacker's budget, then you are
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