LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26679 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 18329 times:
Interesting, however seems to me this is a very niche and seasonal market. After all however many people actually make Iceland their destination?
DL52 JFK-KEF 2335-0920+1
DL51 KEF-JFK 1050-1255
Quote: Delta Air Lines to Connect New York, Iceland
NEW YORK, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines today announced new nonstop service between New York and Reykjavik, Iceland, beginning June 1, 2011.* When service begins, Delta will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from the United States.
The flight, between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Keflavik International Airport inReykjavik, will be operated with a 170-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 15 seats in BusinessElite and 155 seats in Economy.
planeguy727 From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 1278 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 18263 times:
Given that the flight originates in MSP (route MSP-JFK-KEF) it seems like DL is trying to link two US areas that have services from Icelandair. And with the announcement that Iceland Express is looking to expand it might get interesting.
Additionally, the volcano issue earlier this year raised the profile of Iceland as a destination among some travelers.
jetsetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17708 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 11): I suspect NYCKEF will go from dirt cheap to near free with DL, until DL leaves and fares go back to dirt cheap. Good time to visit Iceland though!
I hope so as there are now 3 airlines on the NYC - KEF market. Unlike Icelandair and Iceland Express, Delta will pull only O&D traffic. While Icelandair and Iceland Express are cheap transatlantic, they are both expensive if Iceland is your destination
peanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1477 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17670 times:
I'm actually a bit dumbfounded.
I think the only way this route could work long term is to attack it from both ends, JFK and AMS. With SkyTeam partners KL/AF and JV/ATI in place, supporting Iceland form both ends may make it actually a true winner.
It would also seem more practical fleet/crew planning wise.
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ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6933 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17669 times:
Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 12): Unlike Icelandair and Iceland Express, Delta will pull only O&D traffic. While Icelandair and Iceland Express are cheap transatlantic, they are both expensive if Iceland is your destination
Well, Delta can pull traffic from their domestic system while Icelandair and Iceland Express have less opportunity for that -- but they benefit from their networks beyond KEF to Europe. Delta has access to a broader array of the U.S., while the Icelandic carriers have access to Europe.
ipodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 17389 times:
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1): After all however many people actually make Iceland their destination?
Well, coming from a city where most people have never heard of iceland (Nashville, TN), I know many families not including my own (we went to Iceland in 05) that have been to Iceland and loved it. Don't overlook Iceland, out of my travels to 25+ countries, Iceland is definetly one of my favorites. Takk Friyr (Thank you) Delta for starting this service! Besides the point that the Kronur (Icelandic currency) is now down to 117.75 per dollar, when we went in 2005, it was $1=70 kroner, hence now is a great time to visit Iceland on the cheap
LAXtoATL From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1661 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16667 times:
Quoting United787 (Reply 20): Is this is an aircraft change in JFK or the same plane from MSP-JFK?
Disclaimer: The following is my opinion.
I am almost certain the MSP-JFK portion would have to be a different aircraft. The JFK-KEF roundtrip segments can be operated with a single aircraft. Adding MSP would require an additional airframe and I just don't see them doing it, surely their international 757s can be better utilized elsewhere.