eaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10178 times:
Iceland Express has announced that they plan to start flying to Boston and Chicago in addition to making New York a daily flight. They will fly 4 times a week to Boston but did not specify the frequency of Chicago. However they also started New York of at 4 times a week so if it goes well they will increase the frequency to daily relatively quickly to Boston. The New York flight has has an average load factor of 90% since they started flying there a couple of months ago so the route seems to be a success. Iceland Express plans to continue to develop their hub in Iceland exactly in the same manner as Icelandair but they off course are a low cost.
Next summer Icelandair will start flying twice daily to Boston and New York. This means that there will be 3 flights a day to New York and Boston from Keflavik.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3054 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10116 times:
Nice!! Does the press release state which airport in Chicago they will fly into? I'm sure it will probably be ORD. I see the biggest aircraft used by 5W is the 752, I wonder if a MDW-Keflavik flight is possible on the 752.
ElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 761 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10086 times:
They didn't specify which Chicago airport. You might assume ORD, but CHI-KEF is under 3000nm so it's entirely possible to do the route from MDW. It would mean less direct competition from all the other TATL carriers at ORD and be favorable for european holiday travelers since it's easier to get to the areas of the city that they'd want to visit.
EDIT: Ah I see I got beat to it. I'm fairly certain MDW-KEF shouldn't be a problem for a 752. I think some of TZ's carribean routes were almost as long and they managed just fine. If not I think the 73G could do it, but then they'd fit less pax, depending on loads that could be a good or bad thing.
goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1915 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9447 times:
Is Iceland express a different entity than Icelandair ? Sorry if my question seems stupid but I'm not familiar with Icelandic airlines (except the well-kn,own Icelandair). What seems amazing to me is how Iceland can sustain to have 2 airlines ?
normie999 From United Kingdom, joined May 2009, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9097 times:
Judging by some of the complaints coming from Iceland Express customers this summer (eg in the Winnipeg press (no link, sorry) - cancelled flights, merged flights, poor communication, they're going to have to get their act together if they want to keep repeat business.
gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3102 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8845 times:
Sounds good they are expanding their TATL, the fares they have been offering between LGW-KEF-EWR are very competitive, with lead in fares for £279 return. The cheapest fares with the legacy carriers seems to be in-excess of £350 this coming autumn and winter.
I think they will be good for the average tourist or budget traveller, but suspect your average business traveller will stick to major carriers.
The airline has been operating for a number of years and seems to be quite stable, but does always concern me when an airline starts focussing on a new market by offering connecting flights to the USA from Europe. Just hope it doesn;t go wring and leave passengers stranded a long way from home.
Another concern is the reviews, people complained of late flights, missing connections and them being cancelled. This sounds similar to FlyGlobeSpan and their disastrous expansion into the USA/Canada.
As a side note, Iceland Express seems to have a very buggy website. A lot of sections are extremely out of date. In attempting to check out these new services, ORD and BOS show up as destination options on the homepage booking tool - but if one clicks on the "Booking" tab at the top and tries to search that way, neither is available.