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Icelandair's SEA Operation  
User currently offlinedenklug From Germany, joined Dec 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6320 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 – 1745SEA 75W D
FI680 SEA1630 – 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.


denklug
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User currently offlinergreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

Not sure if its related, but I often see a FI 757 parked near the AS mx hanger. My guess would be maintenance...

User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6171 times:

Quoting denklug (Thread starter):

Route is going daily from 22May12.


User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3443 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5967 times:

Yes, MX is performed.

(at least thats what I read on A.net when the route was starting)



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User currently offlineElevated From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5911 times:

Maintenance is performed in SEA at the AS hanger (if I remember correctly) and the crew do layover in SEA; as my airline laysover in the same hotel.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5862 times:

Quoting santos (Reply 2):
Route is going daily from 22May12.

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!)



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User currently offlineGEG2RAP From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 853 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

Quoting Elevated (Reply 4):
Maintenance is performed in SEA at the AS hanger (if I remember correctly) and the crew do layover in SEA; as my airline laysover in the same hotel.

DL goes overnight and A checks in their hangar.


User currently offlinecitation501sp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5457 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.


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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5796 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

Quoting citation501sp (Reply 7):
The SK A340 is missed in the evening skies here in SEA but FI is filling that void quite well.

True, but with Icelandair and Condor now doing SEA-Europe, we've still got some variety.

-Dave



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User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3461 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5178 times:

Don't forget BA, LH & AF that fly to Europe from SEA


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User currently offlinecanadiantree From France, joined Jun 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

I've flown that route once and my parents twice, I had an excellent experience and so have my parents. I much prefer flying a 757 trans con than a wider jet to be honest (unless it's the 747 or A380  )

User currently offlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

And on at least one day, I believe, you can see two FI 757's on the same day, with one staying for maintenance.

User currently offlineNavigator From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 1230 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2958 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... 



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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5796 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2695 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.  

-Dave



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User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5951 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
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Quoting Navigator (Reply 12):
I still wonder why SAS left Seattle

SAS was bleeding money big time and had to cut routes. I hope SAS decides to come back to SEA, as well as SU.


User currently offlinel1011buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

When did FI stop flying direct USA to Luxembourg? I remember direct flights to that destination back in the 80s I believe.

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