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RTW Pt 1: To New York...or What? FI KEF-YYZ  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 16861 times:

RTW Pt 1: To New York…or what? FI KEF-YYZ

Introduction

Hello dear TR readers! This is the first part of my around-the-world journey reports and will cover my flight to North America on Icelandair in Saga Class. I‘ve decided to take a pause on the 2011 reports but I‘ll maybe keep on with them later. Instead I‘m gonna write a report on my journey around the world in Mar/Apr 2012 and flights after that. I‘m sitting aboard AC 1 from YYZ to NRT as I write this, (3 hours already flown, 10 to go) a report on that flight will come later. This report is posted a while later though as it takes time to upload the photos. AC 1 is my 4th flight involving Toronto in this trip while in the beginning of the trip YYZ wasn‘t even in the plan. More on that later…


Background

After years of planning, me and my dad finally decided to go around the world on ID/Standby tickets.
We decided to go to Machu Picchu, Peru in South American and then some Asian Cities.
This was the proposed flight schedule (B means booked):

Icelandair 631 KEFJFK 30/3/2012 Boeing 757-300
United 1116 EWRIAH 31/3/2012 Boeing 737-500
United 854 IAHLIM 31/3/2012 Boeing 767-300ER
TACA Peru 7 LIMCUZ 1/4/2012 Airbus 320-200 (B)
TACA Peru 101 CUZLIM 2/4/2012 Airbus 319-100 (B)
United 855 LIMIAHSFO 2/4/2012 +1 Boeing 767-300ER
United 837 SFONRT 4/4/2012 +1 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 503 HNDHKG 8/4/2012 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 701 HKGSIN 10/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Thai 873 SINBKK 12/4/2012 Boeing 777-300
Cathay Pacific 771 BKKDEL 14/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Air India 102 DELBOM 16/4/2012 Boeing 777-300ER (B)
Oman Air 691 BOM – MCT 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Oman Air 102 MCT – DXB 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Emirates 3 DXBLHR 21/4/2012 Airbus 380-800
Icelandair 455 LHRKEF 21/4/2012 Boeing 757-200

But as many of you know, you never know on ID tickets and the actual route has been way different then the planned one so far. Luckily I always made plan B and even C. But that will come in later reports.

I was really looking forward and this was shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime!



The report

I came home from school early to finish packing my bags. We had decided to take only carry-ons with us because if you‘re flying standby, you have to be flexible. My mother, brother and sister were going to Sarasota, FL via BOS the same day to stay there while we were on our trip and came with us to the airport. It was really a foggy day in Iceland and you could barely see 10 meters ahead on the 45 minute ride to KEF.

KEF terminal in the distance with FI 757s parked at it
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And a closer look
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FIDS and check in hall – only interesting movement today is Air Greenland (GL) to Nuuk
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Me under the departure sign ready to go!
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Easter is only a week away
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After splitting up with our family after passport control we went to the JFK gate where we had boarding passes for seat 9D and E. After scanning our boarding pass the gate agent said that we weren‘t on that flight. Now what shall we do?!

We went straight to the service desk and asked if there were any open seats to JFK or BOS. No, both flights were completely full and even the jumpseats were taken. Then we saw that YYZ was operated that day. We asked the agent about it and she said in a sarcastic voice: „Well, unfortunately for you Economy is full on that flight so you have to sit in Saga Class there. Is that OK with you?“. Of course!  

We got our boarding passes, ran to the gate and were the last ones to board. Instead of a middle seat in Y we had a J row to ourselves! Not bad! 

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Flight information
Date: 30. March 2012
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200/W
Registration: TF-FIR
Flight number: FI 603
From: Keflavik International Airport, Iceland (KEF/BIKF)
To: Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, ON, Canada (YYZ/CYYZ)
Runway used at origin: 29
Runway used at destination: 6R
Sched/Act departure: 17:10/17:07
Sched/Act arrival: 18:55/18:57
Blocked time: 5 hours 45 minutes
Flight time gate to gate: 5 hours 50 minutes (17:07 – 18:57)
Flight time RWY to RWY: 5 hours 30 minutes (17:15 – 18:45)
Seat & Class: 4F (window) Saga Class (J)

Personal information

My 214th flight overall, 5th in 2012
My 130th flight on FI, 126th on FI 757, 116th on FI 752, 43Rrd on FI 75W
My 130th flight on 757, 120th on 752, 43rd on 75W, 9th on TF-FIR
My 38th airport


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Look outside the window
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Welcome drink
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Pushback
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Saga Lounge seen from the outside
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Some sisterships getting ready
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On the way to the runway I saw a CRJ-1000 Brit Air opf Air France Regional taking off, probably a delivery flight. A little later we took off from runway 29, and I was off Icelandic ground until more than 3 weeks later!

Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys3Hp6sEIuc

Inside the clouds
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And the sun! For the first time in weeks for me as it was last sunny in Iceland in the beginning of March.
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Menu for this flight. The duck sounds delicious
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Legroom
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Drink service before dinner (Me: Pepsi, dad: Champagne)
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Ahh…
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I decided to watch Borat
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Zoom in on the winglet
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Over Greenland – unfortunately it was cloudy, so no views today
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And the duck was delicious! Man, this was the best food I‘ve ever had on a plane!
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The banana chocolate was tasty too. All in all, well done FI!
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Nice headphones
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Thor is my middle name!
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Canada, here we come!
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Shortly after crossing the Canadian border, we visited the flight deck. After a short chat with the pilots, they allowed me to sit there for landing. Score!  

View over the FD
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Snowy Canada
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Another drink service, the service was truly great on this flight!
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We got cheese & shrimp an hour before landing. I passed but my dad opted for it.
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Another drink service – glacial water in the right environment  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00235.jpg
Looking over the options on standby to LIM from YYZDL, AC, UA and AA
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Nice FI glass
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FD again – some pretty rough weather ahead as you can see on the screen
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Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p4_UU33auE

A6-EDA, EK‘s first 380, and the 77W I flew to NRT later on, C-FRAM
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A closer look at the whale jet
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D-AIHQ, LH 346
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AC 763
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AC shorthaul jets
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AC longhaul jets
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AF 343
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Westjet 737s
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Air Transat multi-language welcome 330
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G-BNWU, BA 763, pushing back for Heathrow
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Tail closeup
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After flight checklist - complete
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Bye TF-FIR, see you next time
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A better look at the nice Air Transat 330
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C-FLWJ, a WestJet 73G, pushing back
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AC Jazz DH8 and AC Express B1900 (the LH 346 pictured earlier rotating in the distance)
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2 WestJets with LOT *A 763 taking off in the distance
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AC Express Q400 and Thomas Cook Canada 752
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AC 77L taxiing out
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Look up at a WestJet 73G
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Terminal/Aerogare 3
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Now the thing was to find a way to get down to Lima the next day, but that will be in the next report! That will come not long after this one (hopefully), as I‘m planning on writing more reports on the 8 hours left of this 13 hour flight. These reports will be uploaded when the right pics are on my photobucket site.


Afterthoughts

Service was great, the seats are pretty comfortable, legroom is sufficient and the food was amazing! All summed up, it was a great flight. Sitting in the cockpit in takeoff or landing is always fun, and it was in that flight too. The agents in KEF handled the situation quick and well. A great day of flying!   

After reading PlaneHunter‘s reports, it inspired me to start logging registrations. I started in mid 2011 but went through old pics too and found some there. I logged 10 registrations that day – 1 at KEF and 9 at YYZ.

Bye for now,
Sveinn  

Earlier reports
Southwest To The Northeast! WN TPA-PHL-BOS+FI Flts (by SRQKEF Mar 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
To The Mainland For Sports! Pt 2 BA+FI MUC-LHR-KEF (by SRQKEF Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going To Mainland Europe For Sports! Pt. 1/2 (by SRQKEF Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)


Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
35 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineTravelsUK From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 16631 times:

I'm sitting in a very cold and damp Reykjavik right now so that was really interesting TR for me to read, I look forward to the rest...

Thanks and enjoy the rest of your travels!


User currently offlinespeedbird217 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 16545 times:

Great trip report! I bet you enjoyed the sun you encountered en-route, that cloudy and rainy sky in Iceland looks depressing...
Looking forward to the rest of your reports! The itinerary sounds awesome.


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 16488 times:

Hi Sveinn!

Nice Trip Report! I really enjoyed it, and great photos too!
KEF and FI both look very good , and I'd really like try them both at some point in the future!
How lucky of you to be able to be in the cockpit for landing. I haven't had that opportunity since 9/11, when I was a mere 7 years old. I'm very envious haha
Nice photos of YYZ too! I'll be there for the first time in July arriving on a United A320 from ORD and departing on Westjet 737-700 to LGA

Sounds like your RTW trip is going great! and I'll look forward to future reports from you

Regards
Byronicle6


User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 16375 times:

Hi!

Wow, what an awesome start to a trip - a free ride in J and you got to visit the flightdeck! Now that's really cool

When I flew FI back in October, I loved it and they're my 2nd favourite airline (after BA of course...) the FI J class (proper J class seats, none of that middle-seat-blocked nonsense you normally see on other European airlines) looks really good - I now feel like having Duck for tea...

Looking forward to the next part - especially Hong Kong!


User currently offlinejetsetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 15979 times:

Great trip report...I am looking forward to the rest of your trip!

I flew FI from JFK-KEF-JFK back in 2009 in Y and it wasn't a bad flight. Even though it was a 5 hour flight, there's something about crossing an ocean that just doesn't feel right not being served food...


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5073 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 15452 times:

Cool report - am really excited about following you around the world with these reports! I am surprised by how little they feed you on FI!

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 15023 times:

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 1):
I'm sitting in a very cold and damp Reykjavik right now so that was really interesting TR for me to read, I look forward to the rest...

Hi TravelsUK, thanks for reading! Enjoy your stay in Iceland.

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 1):
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your travels!

Thank you, same to you!

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 2):

Great trip report!

Hi speedbird217, thanks!

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 2):
I bet you enjoyed the sun you encountered en-route, that cloudy and rainy sky in Iceland looks depressing...

Totally!

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 3):
Nice Trip Report! I really enjoyed it, and great photos too!

Hi byronicle6, thank you!

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 3):
How lucky of you to be able to be in the cockpit for landing

Yeah, it was great.

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 3):
Nice photos of YYZ too! I'll be there for the first time in July arriving on a United A320 from ORD and departing on Westjet 737-700 to LGA

Thanks! Sounds nice, are you doing a report?

Quoting planejamie (Reply 4):
Hi!

Wow, what an awesome start to a trip - a free ride in J and you got to visit the flightdeck! Now that's really cool

Hi Jamie, thanks for reading! Yes, certainly better then row 30 to JFK!

Quoting planejamie (Reply 4):
When I flew FI back in October, I loved it and they're my 2nd favourite airline (after BA of course...) the FI J class (proper J class seats, none of that middle-seat-blocked nonsense you normally see on other European airlines) looks really good - I now feel like having Duck for tea...

If the duck is good, I recommend it!  
Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 5):
Great trip report...

Hi jetsetter629, thanks!

Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 5):
I flew FI from JFK-KEF-JFK back in 2009 in Y and it wasn't a bad flight. Even though it was a 5 hour flight, there's something about crossing an ocean that just doesn't feel right not being served food...

The reason for that must've been the bad situation in Iceland, they offer at least BOB on all services now...

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Cool report

Hi A., thanks!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
I am surprised by how little they feed you on FI!

Well, the flight was only 5 hours. But the quality was good! Maybe the steak had better quantity, didn't see it.

Regards from Thailand,
Sveinn



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14597 times:

Hi Sveinn.

great first part of your new series - but we cannot see any pictures any more due to bandwidth limitations. I suggest to upgrade to Pro, it's worth it IMO.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
After reading PlaneHunter‘s reports, it inspired me to start logging registrations. I started in mid 2011 but went through old pics too and found some there. I logged 10 registrations that day – 1 at KEF and 9 at YYZ.

Excellent! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.   


I'll write a longer reply when I'll be able to see the pictures again. Have fun on your trip!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineRTWFlyer From American Samoa, joined Oct 2010, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14457 times:

HI Sveinn,
probably a nice report, however I cannot see any of your pictures.

Hope you can fix this.

Safe travels,

RTWFlyer



Longest light ever: TG 795 LAX-BKK A340-541 (HS-TLC "Phitsanulok", MSN 698) Nov. 2007, takeoff to landing 18hrs 25 min
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14154 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
great first part of your new series - but we cannot see any pictures any more due to bandwidth limitations. I suggest to upgrade to Pro, it's worth it IMO.

Working on it  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):

Excellent! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Absolutely!

Quoting RTWFlyer (Reply 9):

Fixing it  



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14146 times:

Done upgrading now, hopefully that will fix it soon  


Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineRTWFlyer From American Samoa, joined Oct 2010, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14057 times:

Hi Sveinn,

Very nice pictures.
And a great TR.
I really love Iceland and Icelandair- and there are far too few reports on them on a.net.
Thanks for taking the time and effort.
I can't wait for the next segments.     

Safe travels!

RTWFlyer



Longest light ever: TG 795 LAX-BKK A340-541 (HS-TLC "Phitsanulok", MSN 698) Nov. 2007, takeoff to landing 18hrs 25 min
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14045 times:

Hi Sveinn

Nice TR , thanks for sharing.
Nice that you where able to take the best seats, however the LCD's sure look larger than other 757's.
Nice to see something from FI as well.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13851 times:

Hi Sveinn!

Thanks for a great first part of this series!

Always nice to get F on a flight and good for now to leave the overcast weather in Iceland. Toronto has a nice terminal; been thru there myself a few years ago.

Pictures work and look nice.

Just realized that you are younger than the only time I visited Iceland (1987).....

Looking forward to next installment.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 13510 times:

I need to post it again though...mods, please delete this one  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Hi Sveinn!

Thanks for a great first part of this series!

Hi Lars, thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Always nice to get F on a flight

True.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
to leave the overcast weather in Iceland

Absolutely!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Toronto has a nice terminal; been thru there myself a few years ago.

Yeah, it's very nice.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Pictures work and look nice.

Ok, goood to hear. Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Just realized that you are younger than the only time I visited Iceland (1987).....

Hehe, well, time flies!  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Looking forward to next installment.

Coming soon  



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1651 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13075 times:
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Hello Sveinn,

Nice report and insight into FI’s operations. KEF is really 757 territory! I liked the way you took your pics out the window, backwards facing the wing and engine. So are the Saga seats real C class seats because they don’t look like that on your pics?

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
and even the jumpseats were taken.

That’s my kind of seat!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Thor is my middle name!

Well hello there Thor! Nice deco and words on the seat cover.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Shortly after crossing the Canadian border, we visited the flight deck. After a short chat with the pilots, they allowed me to sit there for landing. Score!

Did you just ask and it was granted? That’s awesome.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12891 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Hello Sveinn,

Nice report and insight into FI’s operations

Hi Nils, thanks!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
KEF is really 757 territory!

True, true.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
I liked the way you took your pics out the window, backwards facing the wing and engine.

I love the 757 wing! Always take pictures like that, otherwise the photo could be on any aircraft.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
So are the Saga seats real C class seats because they don’t look like that on your pics?

Real, 2-2 seating. 55" seat pitch.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):

That’s my kind of seat!

Mine too!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Well hello there Thor! Nice deco and words on the seat cover.

All C class seats have names of ancient Nordic gods.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Did you just ask and it was granted? That’s awesome.

Everyone can do that on FI flights! Just ask the FA and she'll ask the captain. 50%+ it will work. But the fact that my dad was a COO of FI Group doesn't do harm...  



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12812 times:

Hi Sveinn,

now I'm back again and I can tell you I really enjoyed the first part of your series! It was a good decision to upgrade to Photobucket Pro.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Icelandair 631 KEFJFK 30/3/2012 Boeing 757-300
United 1116 EWRIAH 31/3/2012 Boeing 737-500
United 854 IAHLIM 31/3/2012 Boeing 767-300ER
TACA Peru 7 LIMCUZ 1/4/2012 Airbus 320-200 (B)
TACA Peru 101 CUZLIM 2/4/2012 Airbus 319-100 (B)
United 855 LIMIAHSFO 2/4/2012 +1 Boeing 767-300ER
United 837 SFONRT 4/4/2012 +1 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 503 HNDHKG 8/4/2012 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 701 HKGSIN 10/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Thai 873 SINBKK 12/4/2012 Boeing 777-300
Cathay Pacific 771 BKKDEL 14/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Air India 102 DELBOM 16/4/2012 Boeing 777-300ER (B)
Oman Air 691 BOM – MCT 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Oman Air 102 MCT – DXB 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Emirates 3 DXBLHR 21/4/2012 Airbus 380-800
Icelandair 455 LHRKEF 21/4/2012 Boeing 757-200

Very impressive itinerary!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Then we saw that YYZ was operated that day. We asked the agent about it and she said in a sarcastic voice: „Well, unfortunately for you Economy is full on that flight so you have to sit in Saga Class there. Is that OK with you?“. Of course!

That's what I call a perfect start of a journey!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
On the way to the runway I saw a CRJ-1000 Brit Air opf Air France Regional taking off, probably a delivery flight.

Yes, that must have been F-HMLN - officially delivered on 29th March according to ATDB.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
And the duck was delicious! Man, this was the best food I‘ve ever had on a plane!

That looks interesting!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Shortly after crossing the Canadian border, we visited the flight deck. After a short chat with the pilots, they allowed me to sit there for landing. Score!

Congratulations! You are a truly privileged traveller!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
We got cheese & shrimp an hour before landing.

That looks very tasty!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
After reading PlaneHunter‘s reports, it inspired me to start logging registrations. I started in mid 2011 but went through old pics too and found some there. I logged 10 registrations that day – 1 at KEF and 9 at YYZ.

How many regs have you logged on your trip so far?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12755 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
It was a good decision to upgrade to Photobucket Pro.

Totally!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Very impressive itinerary!

Thanks, took alot of planning  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
That's what I call a perfect start of a journey!

Absolutely!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Yes, that must have been F-HMLN - officially delivered on 29th March according to ATDB.

Thanks! Can add it to my reg log then - I saw it...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
That looks interesting!

It was great!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Congratulations! You are a truly privileged traveller!

Hehe, I guess I am  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
That looks very tasty!

Unfortunately I was too full to try

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
How many regs have you logged on your trip so far?

By airports + date:

KEF 30.3 = 2
YYZ 30.3 = 9
YYZ 31.3 = 18
IAH 31.3 = 87
LIM 31.3 = 1
LIM 1.4 = 14
CUZ 1.4 = 2
CUZ 2.4 = 3
LIM 2.4 = 11
YYZ 3.4 = 5
YYZ 4.4 = 13
NRT 5.4 = 12
NRT 8.4 = 12
HKG 8.4 = 7
HKG 10.4 = 22
SIN 10.4 = 14
SIN 12.4 = 10
BKK 12.4 = 32
BKK 14.4 = 24
DEL 16.4 = 23
BOM 16.4 = 4
BOM 18.4 = 12
MCT 18.4 (so far tonight) = 7
Total = 344

Pretty impressive ha?  

rgds,
Sveinn



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12696 times:

Hey, Sveinn,

really good to follow part 1 of you´re extented travels.
Nice pictures and sure a good way to start that long journey with the biz class flights.
Looking for more.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 12685 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):After reading PlaneHunter‘s reports, it inspired me to start logging registrations. I started in mid 2011 but went through old pics too and found some there. I logged 10 registrations that day – 1 at KEF and 9 at YYZ.
How many regs have you logged on your trip so far?

Just curious, what is the point of logging registrations?



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4114 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12576 times:

Quoting jetsetter629 (Reply 5):
I flew FI from JFK-KEF-JFK back in 2009 in Y and it wasn't a bad flight. Even though it was a 5 hour flight, there's something about crossing an ocean that just doesn't feel right not being served food...

I can last five hours without eating. It is not that tough. I am kidding.

Seriously though, this was an interesting TR. Great job.



Rush for ever; Yankees all the way!!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12423 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 19):
Thanks! Can add it to my reg log then - I saw it...

Yes, absolutely!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 19):
KEF 30.3 = 2
YYZ 30.3 = 9
YYZ 31.3 = 18
IAH 31.3 = 87
LIM 31.3 = 1
LIM 1.4 = 14
CUZ 1.4 = 2
CUZ 2.4 = 3
LIM 2.4 = 11
YYZ 3.4 = 5
YYZ 4.4 = 13
NRT 5.4 = 12
NRT 8.4 = 12
HKG 8.4 = 7
HKG 10.4 = 22
SIN 10.4 = 14
SIN 12.4 = 10
BKK 12.4 = 32
BKK 14.4 = 24
DEL 16.4 = 23
BOM 16.4 = 4
BOM 18.4 = 12
MCT 18.4 (so far tonight) = 7
Total = 344

Pretty impressive ha?

That's indeed impressive!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 21):
Just curious, what is the point of logging registrations?

Don't expect to hear an extended explanation. What's the point of collecting anything?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3200 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 12283 times:

Very nice report, thanks for posting! Nice that you were able to get across the Atlantic on the right day, even if it was to a different city!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
After years of planning, me and my dad finally decided to go around the world on ID/Standby tickets.

Wow, great itinerary! How do standby tickets work in terms of paying...is it completely free? Taxes paid?

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Shortly after crossing the Canadian border, we visited the flight deck. After a short chat with the pilots, they allowed me to sit there for landing. Score!

Great that you got the jump seat for landing!



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12114 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
Hey, Sveinn,

Hi Markus, thanks for reading!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
Nice pictures and sure a good way to start that long journey with the biz class flights.

Thanks! Absolutely, it was great.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 20):
Looking for more.

Coming as soon as possible! Hard while on the road though...

Quoting B747forever (Reply 21):
Just curious, what is the point of logging registrations?

Makes the time pass while waiting at airports, and you're so happy when yo get a rare An24, B732 etc.  
Quoting brilondon (Reply 22):
Seriously though, this was an interesting TR. Great job.

Thank you brilondon!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Very nice report, thanks for posting

Hi Gabriel, thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Nice that you were able to get across the Atlantic on the right day, even if it was to a different city!

Better than being stuck in the rain  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Wow, great itinerary! How do standby tickets work in terms of paying...is it completely free? Taxes paid?

Taxes + 2-5% of normal price. Bargain really!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 24):
Great that you got the jump seat for landing!

Always fantastic!

rgds from Dubai, Sveinn



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineTR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 774 posts, RR: 15
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12040 times:

Great Trip Report!
Icelandair seems to be a good airline, not to say about their great 757 fleet, which I just love.
Your RTW itineray is great, can't wait for the next reports!

Regards
TR763



Transbrasil
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11858 times:

Great report, thanks! That Saga doesn't look bad at all. Looking forward to reading the next parts!

User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 28, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11842 times:

Quoting TR763 (Reply 26):
Great Trip Report!

Thanks!

Quoting TR763 (Reply 26):
Icelandair seems to be a good airline, not to say about their great 757 fleet, which I just love.

Yep, they're great. They only have 757s! Don't know of many, if any, other airlines that only have 757s. Air Finland is one, but not sure if any others are.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
Great report, thanks!

Thank you!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
That Saga doesn't look bad at all.

It's great - especially for intra-Euro flights, much better than these "business class" seats on other airlines, 3-3 with middle blocked.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 27):
Looking forward to reading the next parts!

Coming as soon as possible.



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11183 times:

Hi Sveinn,

Thanks for the very nice report, it was a good read. Particularly enjoy the landing video, thanks! On board catering looks very impressive to me  

Thanks, look forward to the coming parts  

Win


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 11129 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 29):
Thanks for the very nice report, it was a good read.

Hi Win, thanks!  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 29):
Particularly enjoy the landing video, thanks!

Always fun in the cockpit  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 29):
On board catering looks very impressive to me  

The food was really great.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 29):
Thanks, look forward to the coming parts

YYZ-LIM coming as soon as possible, just have to upload photos  

Rgds, Sveinn



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 31, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9929 times:

Hi Sveinn,

nice start to what looks like a great trip and fascinating series of reports!
Like you found with your first flight, flying on non-rev tickets can be stressful, but there will usually be something of a surprise there. In this case you got to visit a new country  

The food in Saga class looks delicious (apart from the banana chocolates - yuck!)

And you were very lucky on the flight deck visit - most these days don't allow it at all, except for crew. Glad to see you made the most of the opportunity to take plenty of photos!

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1911 posts, RR: 24
Reply 32, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7744 times:
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Great report! I came across this report, and realized I had never commented on it when I first read it.

How lucky you got to sit in Saga Class? Service looks okay, but the offerings look a bit lacking in my mind for a J class flight. Did Icelandair used to provide more in J?

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Shortly after crossing the Canadian border, we visited the flight deck. After a short chat with the pilots, they allowed me to sit there for landing. Score!

This is awesome! I got to do this luckily when I flew from JFK-VIE on Austrian Airlines back in 1999. It was amazing, and something I'll always remember!

Thanks for sharing.

Matthew


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 33, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7485 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 32):
Great report! I came across this report, and realized I had never commented on it when I first read it.

Hi Matthew, thanks for reading!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 32):
How lucky you got to sit in Saga Class?

Yep, it was very nice to start the trip by relaxing in J.  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 32):
Service looks okay, but the offerings look a bit lacking in my mind for a J class flight. Did Icelandair used to provide more in J?

They often have more, but it's just day-to-day. They also served steak on that flight but only the duck was left when they reached our row. Often the steak is a bigger meal.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 32):
I got to do this luckily when I flew from JFK-VIE on Austrian Airlines back in 1999.

Nice! Was it a 767, 777 or did they still operate 340s back then?



Flights flown: 277 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: LHR-KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 34, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7175 times:
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Hi Sveinn!

Nice beginning to your RTW series which I still have to read  
Nice to be able to catch the YYZ flight and in J sure is a big bonus, congrats!
Saga Class doesn't look bad at all, still neeed to log Icelandair to my list  
Great videos too, well done

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
And the sun! For the first time in weeks for me as it was last sunny in Iceland in the beginning of March.

That must have felt great  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Nice headphones

The proper J class headphones, much better compared to other ones I see in other reports  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
After a short chat with the pilots, they allowed me to sit there for landing

You lucky bastard, love that approach video nice stuff!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I started in mid 2011 but went through old pics too and found some there. I logged 10 registrations that day – 1 at KEF and 9 at YYZ.

Good idea, although there isn't much to spot at KEF I guess hehe

Looking forward to reading the next parts

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 35, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7065 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):

Hi Sveinn!

Nice beginning to your RTW series which I still have to read

Hi Brendan, thanks for reading!  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):
Nice to be able to catch the YYZ flight and in J sure is a big bonus, congrats!
Saga Class doesn't look bad at all, still neeed to log Icelandair to my list

Yep, Saga is fine for such a small airline. Do KEF-AMS soon! Maybe AMS-CPH-FAE-RKV KEF-AMS on SAS, Atlantic and Icelandair? That would sure be doing it hardcore!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):
Great videos too, well done

Thanks  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):
That must have felt great

Absolutely.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):
The proper J class headphones, much better compared to other ones I see in other reports

That's one thing FI does very well. Those headphones are very comfy too.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):
You lucky bastard, love that approach video nice stuff!

Haha thanks  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 34):
Good idea, although there isn't much to spot at KEF I guess hehe

Let me see: 757...757...757...A320...757...757...757...737...757..757...757...A320 (and on and on   )

Regards,
Sveinn  



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