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Florida Vacation...The Boring Way! FI KEF-SFB R/t  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8607 times:

Florida Vacation…The Boring Way! FI KEF-SFB r/t

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to my 15th report and my first in a long time not covering my around-the-world trip. I know I said in the last report that the next reports would be in reverse order but due to many reasons I decided to ditch that and to it in correct order. This report will cover my trip to Florida in October 2011. Our family always goes at least once a year (most often twice and sometimes thrice) to Sarasota, Florida where we have a house in a country club residency. Often we go via BOS or NYC but this time, as we were late booking our flights, we took the easy (and boring) way and booked Keflavik – Orlando Sanford – Keflavik on FI. This report will cover my flights out and back.

The simple route of this report:
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The report

We drove the 45 minute drive from the capital to Keflavik Airport and arrived in KEF just over 1.5 hours before departure. After checking in at the Saga Class check-in desk, I received a BP with seat 15 assigned. I then walked through security which was a breeze because we arrived a little later than the less seasoned travellers which nearly always arrive 2 hrs+ before departure.

Airside
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We then had some snacks at Kaffitár (the Icelandic Starbucks) before walking to our gate.

White nosed 757 operating the afternoon flight to Heathrow
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Icelandic cargo birds
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TF-FII (Eyjafjallajökull) heading for BOS
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Our bird, TF-FIU (Hekla)
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Flight information
Date: 14. October 2011
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Aircraft: Boeing B757-200
Registration: TF-FIU
Flight number: FI 689
From: Keflavik International Airport (KEF/BIKF)
To: Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB/KSFB)
Runway at origin: 20
Runway at destination: unkown
Sched/Act departure: 17:10/17:24
Sched/Act arrival: 20:50/21:17
Blocked time: 7 hrs 40 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 7 hrs 53 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 7 hrs 39 mins
Seat & Class: 15F (Economy, Y)

Personal information

My 208th flight, 19th in 2011
My 125th flight on FI, 121st on FI 757, 110th on FI 752
My 125th flight on 757, 114th on 752, 8th on TF-FIU


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Rainy KEF
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The pilot came on the PA and told us the flight time – around 8 hours because of heavy headwinds. As is standard with the Orlando flight, we pushed back 15 minutes late. That is because opposite to BOS/JFK/IAD/YYZ etc. flights, the Orlando flight has a 22 hour layover in the States. So no rush to get out.

Climbing through the clouds
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And we’re above! Beautiful evening light which lasted for 6 hours.
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FI winglet – looks nice, doesn’t it?
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Magically the clouds disappeared as we entered Greenland. Perfect timing!
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Nice
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Hazy mountains
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Leaving Greenland behind – see you later!  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0123.jpg

Greenland video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOQMd3v87gs

Making progress
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At this point I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until an hour later, realizing on the empty trays at my seatmates table that I had missed the dinner service! I pressed the call button and in under a minute a FA came and took my order. I got chicken with pasta which tasted good. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.

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Sunset nearing
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Over Georgia
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Winglet in the last sunrays of the day
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Sun is gone but we keep on cruising
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I stopped and talked to my brother in row 28 on my way from the loo to my seat. The sun was going down fast and the sky was getting darker by the minute.

For Jonas
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Cabin shot
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View from his seat
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Goodbye sun, see you tomorrow!
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Dark
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Almost there
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IFE before landing – Kvikmyndir means Games, Tónlist means Music, Leikir means Games, Þættir means TV Shows, Kannanir means Polls, Flugið Þitt means Your Flight and Um Ísland means About Iceland. Hope you liked this brief Icelandic lesson!  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0206.jpg

Landing video: http://youtu.be/v612NnBijeA

At the gate in Sanford
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I’m not gonna show you some sights in Florida as the point of going to Florida isn’t exploring sights but relaxing on the beach and playing golf.  
I only have 3 pics from my actual trip here:

Alligators
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And a turtle
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After some relaxing 2 weeks, it was time to head home. We left early (11am) to enjoy the trip up north. The flight was scheduled to leave at 7pm so we had enough time.

No offense to anyone that owns one of those, but this car is ugly!
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Typical Florida highway scene
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Those clouds up north don’t look good! Caused some turbulence on the flight.
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Applebee’s for lunch
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We then stopped at Wendy’s for some frosty dessert
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Driving past Fantasy of Flight
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Disney seen while driving by
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Fenezia, an Italian bakery we stopped at along the way
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This car isn’t pretty either!
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Frontier 320 seen landing at MCO
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Evening skies
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Finally!
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We’re definitely at the right place
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Fighter jet on display just outside the airport
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Check-in area
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The FIDS show the usual UK charter airline traffic
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Some triholers at the end of the line
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Those MD80s of G4 are lovely! Bet they aren’t as nice inside though…
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Another angle
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Former Gulf Air 767
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Our bird, TF-FII (Eyjafjallajökull) I can actually say Eyjafjallajokull correctly!  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/IMG_0302.jpg
Yep, Foxtrot India India it is
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And the name that makes many plane geeks shiver
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Untitled MD80 reg N786TW. PH can you shed some light on the ownership of this bird? Could it be the charter to MEM?
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Heading for the UK
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Flight information
Date: 29. October 2011
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Aircraft: Boeing B757-200
Registration: TF-FII
Flight number: FI 688
From: Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB/KSFB)
To: Keflavik International Airport (KEF/BIKF)
Runway at origin: unknown
Runway at destination: 2
Sched/Act departure: 19:00/19:02
Sched/Act arrival: 06:10/05:29
Blocked time: 7 hrs 10 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 6 hrs 27 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 6 hrs 9 mins
Seat & Class: 13F (Economy, Y)

Personal information

My 208th flight, 19th in 2011
My 125th flight on FI, 121st on FI 757, 110th on FI 752
My 125th flight on 757, 114th on 752, 8th on TF-FIU


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Opposed to the flight southwest, on the flight back north we had some very heavy winds in our favor so a very early arrival was expected.

Inside
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N786TW has been towed to a gate next to an untitled 734 which could also be flying to MEM
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Sunlight is going away
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Ok legroom here
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IFE
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Tray table in Icelandic and English
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The G4 bird again
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Seems like N786TW is departing
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Unknown 734
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Ready to depart, ontime!
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Takeoff video: http://youtu.be/fKouBlQXkL8

Climbing away from Florida, see you in a year! Normally I would’ve gone again in half a year but because of the RTW trip I won’t go again until Oct 2012.
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Sunset shot taken by my mom on the other side of the aisle
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Shortly after takeoff dinner was served. First, children meals were served. As my sister didn’t want her hamburger I decided to eat it first as I wasn’t sure about the quantity of the other meal. As it turned out the quantity of the regular meal was good, but as a young and growing man, I can eat all day and still feel hungry!  

Child meal
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And the nice chicken. The chicken along with the sauce was great while the mashed potatoes were a bit bland. I didn’t like the blueberry muffin though.
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I decided to try this movie out but I didn’t particularly like it
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I then fell asleep but woke up by my brother kicking me in his sleep at this point:
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Airvents
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I couldn’t fall asleep again no matter how hard I tried. In the end I decided to give up and read instead, keeping an eye on the in flight maps.

Dark all around us
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Leaving North America
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I finally fell asleep again near Greenland and slept peacefully until we started descending.

Start of descent point
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Orange engine
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Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVjIbYhtFUw

History: Astraeus 737s operating for Iceland Express. CSA Holidays has now taken AEU’s place.


Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8604 times:

History: Astraeus 737s operating for Iceland Express. CSA Holidays has now taken AEU’s place.
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Our bird, shot taken while walking for immigration
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Another Iceland Express/AEU 737
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Icelandair’s TATL arrivals this morning – I have flown on all those services except IAD, all but SEA multiple times.
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Outside the terminal
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Reykjavik, I’m home!
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The thing I had craved for the whole flight: my bed. I fell asleep the instant I hit the pillow.
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Afterthoughts

FI offered me 2 good flights. Unlike some reports I’ve seen about them here the FAs answered the call button nearly right away and had at least 4 drink services per flight. I guess I got lucky with the crew. My dad flies FI nearly every week for work and he says that there are rotten apples in the FI crew for sure.

I hope that the report for my trip to the UK back in January will be finished before I leave for Florida mid next month.

Thanks for reading,
Sveinn  

Earlier reports:

RTW Pt.11: Trying Out The Whale! DXB-KEF Final Pt. (by SRQKEF Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 10: From BOM To DXB Direct? No Way! (by SRQKEF Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 9: Widebodies In India! CX/AI BKK-DEL-BOM (by SRQKEF Aug 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 8: Smooth As Silk To Bangkok! TG SIN-BKK (by SRQKEF Jul 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 7: Roaring To Singapore! TR HKG-SIN (by SRQKEF Jun 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 6: The 77Ws Older Sister! CX NRT-HKG (by SRQKEF May 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 5: 13 Hours In The Air! AC YYZ-NRT (by SRQKEF May 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt.4: Canada...again?! AC LIM-YYZ (by SRQKEF May 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt.3: Wonders Of Peru! TA LIM-CUZ R/t (by SRQKEF May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 2: I'll Get To Peru Somehow! QK/UA YYZ-LIM (by SRQKEF May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 1: To New York...or What? FI KEF-YYZ (by SRQKEF Apr 12 2012 in Trip 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: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8334 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing.
I guess there is not much choice for you to fly besides FI!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Our family always goes at least once a year (most often twice and sometimes thrice) to Sarasota, Florida where we have a house in a country club residency.

That explains your username!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Often we go via BOS or NYC but this time

FI doesn't fly directly to SRQ, no? They offer connecting via BOS or NYC, or do you buy seperate tickets?

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Magically the clouds disappeared as we entered Greenland. Perfect timing!

WOW!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
At this point I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until an hour later, realizing on the empty trays at my seatmates table that I had missed the dinner service! I

I thought FI had BOB, but from your report I get the impression the meals were free?


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8113 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
I guess there is not much choice for you to fly besides FI!

Hi Robert, thanks for reading! That's true, only way over the pond is FI to around 10-15 destinations, some all year and some seasonal, and DL to JFK in the summer. I have yet to try the DL service.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
That explains your username!

Yes!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
FI doesn't fly directly to SRQ, no?

Only international service SRQ gets is 1x weekly seasonal service on Air Canada. It's not a big market.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
They offer connecting via BOS or NYC, or do you buy seperate tickets?

They offer connecting tix, but if you know how to find low fares individually it's better to just buy KEF-BOS-KEF and then buy a different ticket on jetBlue, Southwest, AirTran etc. on to Sarasota or Tampa. Did it that way for our next trip, booked an open jaw KEF-JFK / SFB-KEF ticket and then Delta from LaGuardia to Tampa.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
WOW!

I know, breathtaking!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
I thought FI had BOB, but from your report I get the impression the meals were free?

Children meals are free. And we got free chicken as we were booked in Economy Comfort but as a family of 5 it suited us better to have a 6 seat row for ourselves.

Regards,
Sveinn  



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7941 times:

Hey Sveinn,

Nice to see another FI report.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
we took the easy (and boring) way and booked Keflavik – Orlando Sanford – Keflavik on FI.

Maybe boring to you but surely not to us. If it involves FI, KEF and in this case a not terribly known US Airport like SFB then it's plenty exciting  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
TF-FII (Eyjafjallajökull) heading for BOS

After what that volcano did to the airline industry, FI should have retired its name and replaced it with something else, haha...

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
At this point I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until an hour later, realizing on the empty trays at my seatmates table that I had missed the dinner service! I pressed the call button and in under a minute a FA came and took my order. I got chicken with pasta which tasted good. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.

That's nice of them. Surprisingly this has only happened to be once (on A3 a few years ago) and the FA was also nice enough to bring me my food (albeit with a long delay which made me think she had forgotten about me).

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
IFE before landing – Kvikmyndir means Games, Tónlist means Music, Leikir means Games, Þættir means TV Shows, Kannanir means Polls, Flugið Þitt means Your Flight and Um Ísland means About Iceland. Hope you liked this brief Icelandic lesson!  

I always appreciate foreign language lessons, of any kind, so thanks. I had read somewhere that in Iceland you guys don't like to borrow foreign words and you come up with your own even for items that share a universal name in all other languages. And from what I can tell, that's absolutely true  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Those MD80s of G4 are lovely! Bet they aren’t as nice inside though…

Is that so? Have you flown with them? For quite some time now I have been trying to make it possible to fly with G4 to SFB out of GYY (Gary/Chicago Airport in Indiana) but the times/days of the available tickets are always very inconvenient. By the way that's the only scheduled flight out of GYY so I don't even have any alternatives in order to sample this new airport for me.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your report Sveinn  

Stojan



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7833 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Hey Sveinn,

Nice to see another FI report.

Hi Stojan, thanks for reading!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Maybe boring to you but surely not to us. If it involves FI, KEF and in this case a not terribly known US Airport like SFB then it's plenty exciting

Haha true  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
After what that volcano did to the airline industry, FI should have retired its name and replaced it with something else, haha...

Haha, FI actually named it after the eruption happened! Did it to generate interest in the aircraft name and it sure has. It was used for a RTW charter (all C class config) back in Oct2010 and the pax were very interested in the name. I flew the reposition leg on FII from BOS to KEF (all C class) and it was very nice!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
I always appreciate foreign language lessons, of any kind, so thanks. I had read somewhere that in Iceland you guys don't like to borrow foreign words and you come up with your own even for items that share a universal name in all other languages. And from what I can tell, that's absolutely true  

Haha, we have a very unique language for sure!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 4):
Is that so? Have you flown with them? For quite some time now I have been trying to make it possible to fly with G4 to SFB out of GYY (Gary/Chicago Airport in Indiana) but the times/days of the available tickets are always very inconvenient. By the way that's the only scheduled flight out of GYY so I don't even have any alternatives in order to sample this new airport for me.

Nope, haven't flown them. My mom's brother flew them to Montana though and said the legroom wasn't good. That's expected for those low fares though!

Regards,
Sveinn  



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7315 times:

Hey Sveinn

Nice report, thanks for sharing! Good too see you had some good crews. Maybe the Orlando sun did some good!
Great pics chasing the sunset as well!
I did enjoy the Florida pics, looks good in the summer  
Quite interesting to see all the UK traffic from SFB

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6868 times:
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Hi Sveinn,

Another nice report you have made there. FI looks quite ok I definetely want to try them out sometime, but that will be from Europe to KEF as I will definetely not fly a 757 TATL  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
the Orlando flight has a 22 hour layover in the States

That is quite a long layover for the plane!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineBobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

Excellent TR, I really enjoyed it.

User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1310 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6293 times:

Hey mate,

Thx for a great report.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
we took the easy (and boring) way and booked Keflavik – Orlando Sanford – Keflavik on FI

What is boring for one is exotic for another. No FI in my part of the world.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Flight time gate to gate: 7 hrs 53 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 7 hrs 39 mins

Damn! That is one long flight to do on a narrow jet.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The thing I had craved for the whole flight: my bed. I fell asleep the instant I hit the pillow.

That how most of my transatlantic flights end.

Thank you for shearing, Jonathan



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Hi Marc, thank you very much!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Good too see you had some good crews. Maybe the Orlando sun did some good!

Yes, that could very well be the reason!  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Great pics chasing the sunset as well!

Thanks. Always nice to see the sunset from 35,000 feet.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
I did enjoy the Florida pics, looks good in the summer

Going there for the 30th time in 12 days, can't wait! 
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Quite interesting to see all the UK traffic from SFB

If your looking for an interesting and different way across the pond (and probably cheap too) you could try Thomson/Thomas Cook/First Choice etc. ex-UK for SFB. You would also log SFB. Or even BRU-KEF-SFB on FI!  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Another nice report you have made there.

Hi Brendan, thanks for the kind words!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
FI looks quite ok I definetely want to try them out sometime, but that will be from Europe to KEF as I will definetely not fly a 757 TATL

Haha, I've heard that alot, but never experienced any difficulties. I guess when you fly TATL in a NB nearly every time, you just get used to it.  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
That is quite a long layover for the plane!

The reason for it is that, with a same-day turnaround, the plane can't both catch the pax coming from Europe in the afternoon connecting via KEF to SFB, and catch the Euro departures the following morning going back for Europe. Instead the plane waits in the States until early the following evening and then flies back in order to get to KEF in time for the Euro departures. Same holds for all the longer routes FI flies (SEA, DEN and soon ANC). All flights around or under 6 hrs (JFK, BOS, YYZ etc.) have a same day turnaround though.

Quoting Bobloblaw (Reply 8):
Excellent TR, I really enjoyed it.

Hi Bobloblaw, thanks for reading and for the kind words!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):

Hey mate,

Thx for a great report.

Hi Jonathan, thanks!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):
What is boring for one is exotic for another. No FI in my part of the world.

Haha true. I guess you think LY s boring although for me it's very exotic.  
Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):
Damn! That is one long flight to do on a narrow jet.

Yes true. SEA is even longer though (sched. 7:55 hrs, often 8hrs+)

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 9):
That how most of my transatlantic flights end.

Haha same with me.



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5583 times:

Hi Sveinn,

good to see another report from you, interesting stuff as usual! I still need to fly on one of FI's nice 757s!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Our family always goes at least once a year (most often twice and sometimes thrice) to Sarasota, Florida where we have a house in a country club residency.

Sounds really good!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
FI winglet – looks nice, doesn’t it?

  

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.

Shame on you!  

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
And the name that makes many plane geeks shiver

Ah, I hate this name!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Untitled MD80 reg N786TW. PH can you shed some light on the ownership of this bird?

That's operated by Ameristar Airways, offering charter services.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5489 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
good to see another report from you, interesting stuff as usual!

Hi PH, thanks for reading!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
I still need to fly on one of FI's nice 757s!

Maybe couple it with some Icelandic domestics on F50s and Twotters and go via Greenland on the way back on GL? Munich - Keflavik (FI B752) / Reykjavik - Akureyri (NY F50) / Akureyri - Grimsey r/t (FNA DH6) / Akureyri - Reykjavik (NY F50) / Keflavik - Stromfjord - Copenhagen (GL DH8 + 330). That would lead to an interesting report for sure! If you want, I could produce some itineraries inside and around Iceland for you...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Ah, I hate this name!

Haha, the funny thing is, when all airports in Europe were shut, you could actually fly TATL from KEF (under 100 miles from the volcano!). How I love some easterly winds...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
That's operated by Ameristar Airways, offering charter services.

Thanks for the info! That must have been the MEM charter then.

Kind regards,
Sveinn  



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