denklug From Germany, joined Dec 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6395 times:
Sorry if this has been discussed before somewhere, but looking at some aviation related news sites today I came across FI's operation SEA.
Looking at their schedule
FI681 KEF1700 â€“ 1745SEA 75W D
FI680 SEA1630 â€“ 0645+1KEF 75W D
How can this operation make economical sense if their plane sits at SEA for 22hours+?
Does the same crew fly the same frame back and forth?
If their operation is currently only 6 weekly this would mean that once a week one of FI's planes even rests at SEATAC for 46hours+??? Can they afford this? Or is even maintenance work performed at SEA?
Tks for feedback and explaination.
Great to hear! FI has done a really fantastic job of building their brand here in Seattle. I've seen their ads in every local paper (even the free weekly alternative papers) on a regular basis, online virtually everywhere and even on the sides of Metro buses. They've also teamed up with local radio station KEXP to promote Icelandic pop music festivals a few times. Just about everyone I know who has flown to Europe since the service began has considered taking it and those who have had great things to say about it. They couldn't have done a better job of filling the hole left by SK and I look forward to having them around for some time to come (and hopefully trying them out next time I head to Europe!)
citation501sp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5532 times:
Also FI is a Mileage partner with AS (I know big surprise) however it does offer AS flyers a different way to Europe. The SK A340 is missed in the evening skies here in SEA but FI is filling that void quite well.
Navigator From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 1272 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3033 times:
Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 5): They couldn't have done a better job of filling the hole left by SK and I look forward to having them around for some time to come (and hopefully trying them out next time I head to Europe!)
I still wonder why SAS left Seattle... Even if Icelandair may have done a good job promoting this route I think it was an easy catch. Some day we will have a scandinavian carrier back in both Seattle and Los Angeles. Traffic has always been there. If you have been on a fully loaded 747 from LAX to CPH with 40 standbys left at the gate you realize there must be some demand for nonstop traffic on those routes, even if SAS high costs made them unprofitable...
PlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6148 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2770 times:
Quoting RWA380 (Reply 9): Don't forget BA, LH & AF that fly to Europe from SEA
Sure, but I guess I was referring to more unique operators. BA's been flying here forever, and both AF and LH have been for awhile. Those are the three standard Euro carriers that you would expect to see. Icelandair and Condor are to me a little different.