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Iceland Express To Start Boston And Chicago  
User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1028 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9772 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.


Link is in Icelandic:
http://www.visir.is/iceland-express-...inna-umsvifa/article/2010475198687

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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9710 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.

User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 759 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9680 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.

[Edited 2010-08-05 11:09:01]

User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9064 times:

This is awesome for BOS! But is there room for two? Obviously both Iceland Express and Icelandair rely on connections, but I imagine most of this traffic is going to Scandinavia or places like Berlin.

Icelandair doesn't serve ORD, so this should be good for them as well.



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User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1855 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9041 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 ?

User currently offlinenormie999 From United Kingdom, joined May 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8691 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.

User currently offlinegilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3047 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8439 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.


User currently offlineSR4ever From Luxembourg, joined Mar 2010, 800 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 7807 times:

AEU has recently started LUX-KEF (connecting with KEF-EWR), but they only fly this route 1 weekly, and it seems hardly anyone in Luxemburg has ever heard about them.

I really wonder what kind of on-board service they offer...

IF isn't that impressive as a legacy, so AEU may even be even more spartan.


User currently offlinestyles9002 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

Icelandair are also expanding in Europe with new service from KEF to BLL (3X weekly) and GOT (2X weekly) as well as adding a second daily non-stop to CDG.

As for Iceland Express, I don't know too much about them other than their EWR service is being operated by Astreus at the moment.



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User currently offlinetundra767 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2005, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7326 times:

I use to work for ATA and flew a charter from MDW-KEF. Defiantly would be cool to see something out of MDW for a change.

User currently offlinestyles9002 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6361 times:

It seems that Delta is now getting into the act by launching daily JFK-KEF service from 01JUN11 with B752!


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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

So aside from the link above I can't find anything on this online. Has anyone else found anything?


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User currently offlineBY738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5706 times:

All this is not good news for FI

User currently offlineSR4ever From Luxembourg, joined Mar 2010, 800 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5472 times:

Quoting BY738 (Reply 12):
All this is not good news for FI

Indeed.

I think they should upgrade their on-board service, and join an alliance and a good FFP.


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Boston and Chicago now loaded for June 2011 travel.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
Boston and Chicago now loaded for June 2011 travel.

This confirms that they are flying ORD, not MDW.

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.


User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Quoting steex (Reply 15):
This confirms that they are flying ORD, not MDW.

Here I was hoping for MDW, oh well. The best to 5W on ORD-KEF route.


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