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Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:21 pm

I have had a change of plan and may be going to Boston for a long weekend as it is quite cheap flying Icelandair from LHR via KEF.

What is their service like and comfort issues i.e pitch entertainment etc.

Any information would be of great help as i will have to book by tomorrow (31/07/03)

Regards

Stu
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:24 pm

I don't know anything about the service aboard FI, but which website did you use to find the fare?
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:26 pm

I used Trailfinders. i phoned up and got quoted £150 + VAT of £67 rtn to BOS from LHR
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:28 pm

Gees! Damn good! Better watch out, or else that seat will be gone.  Big grin lol
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:30 pm

Keeping dates to my self. they have been on sale all month so i will def get them booked
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:33 pm

I was thinking of going to CAI again soon for my birthday (went earlier this year, too), but the £218 (OA) and £221 (LH) appear to have gone. Typical, eh?
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:42 pm

Icelandair is pretty similar to most full fare airlines. You don't get PTV's but there is an overhead TV every 2 rows so its not like you are struggling for entertainment. The food is good, if you get on the 752's and you sit as far front as possible you'll get the old business class seats with better seatpitch and are wider, but they don't have them on the 753's. The seatpitch is pretty good anyway.

 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 9:44 pm

Thanks EGGD thats very useful thanks. whats the seat pitch or does anyone know where i can find some information
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 10:09 pm

Try http://www.icelandair.com  Big grin

Poor website, very slow... But there's detail there if you click on 'Services'.

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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 10:32 pm

Icelandair's actually quite nice. The food allright, better on Iceland-US sectors than the European routes. The planes are quite comfortable, the FAs are nearly all a happy good-looking bunch. Also, the best (economy) seats are I think row 7 or 8, loads of space there (by the entrance), although there is a toilet in front, but no odour or anything like that.
Well, I'm sure you'll enjoy your flight with them, as I have every time I've flown with them. (Oh, one thing though, you'll only get free wine/beer with the meal, if you want more, you'll have to pay.)
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 10:40 pm

Their website is working just fine now.
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:02 pm

Flew them to New York a decade ago. Service adequate, aircraft inadequate (the 757 is unsuitable for longhaul). The best thing was the stopover on Iceland.
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:13 pm


One thing I like about Icelandair is they have cool music. I like listening to the techno music channel when the plane is accelerating to take off. I like that energy feel.
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:32 am

Thanks everyone. really appriciate all the feedback.
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:37 am

I had a friend who flew Icelandair from BWI-KEF-FRA; she wanted to use her layover (which was 4 hours, I think) to explore Reykjavik, but didn't realize she'd be in Iceland at 3:00 AM. So take that into consideration!
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:49 am

i have and the schedule is:

Icelandair
FI 451 Heathrow (LHR), London, United Kingdom 13:00
Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 16:00
Non-stop 752
Icelandair
FI 633 Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 17:00
Logan Int'l (BOS), Boston, MA, USA 17:50
Non-stop 752

Icelandair
FI 632 Logan Int'l (BOS), Boston, MA, USA 20:35
Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 06:40 + 1 day(s)
Non-stop 752
Icelandair
FI 450 Keflavik Int'l (KEF), Reykjavik, Iceland 09:00
Heathrow (LHR), London, United Kingdom 12:00
Non-stop 757

This is from the Icelandair web site

is the non-stop 757 the 300 series because the other legs are on the 752's

Regards

Stu
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:10 am

Icelandair is very nice! They also have cheap flights between European and American destinations. Have a nice trip!
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 7:16 am

Yes, I think that "757" in Icelandair language means "753".

A week ago I was in Iceland, going up on what was scheduled as a "757", which which was a 753. Down again was sheduled as a 752 which it was.

Be aware that their one and only brand new 753 (reg. TF-FIX) is even more cramped than their 752s in Y class.

I am 6'2" and sit quite comfortably in the 752s. The 753 is a real pain. But a friendly F/A took notice of my sufferings and replaced me right after take-off to an emergency exit row with plenty of legroom.

That saved the day, but I cannot trust that the same miracle happens next time. Therefore I will never again book a flight on Icelandair which is scheduled as "757", even if it means that I will have to take Iceland Express instead. Their 733 is probably also cramped, but it can't be worse. And even if it is worse, then it really doesn't matter when one has to stand upright in the aisle all way.

I liked their DC-8s better, but that was 25 years ago. Yes, I have flown 50+ sectors with Icelandair - have been in Iceland twice already this year.

But in any case, if you are 6 feet tall or less, then no real problem. Enjoy your trip. Icelandair is a fine, friendly and punctual company.
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 7:44 am

Icelandair were great. Flew them CDG-KEF and return in 2001 on their (then) brand new TF-FIV in both directions.

For the fare I paid, I couldn't praise them highly enough.
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 6:43 am

I have just confirmed my flights and are booked. I will be departing LHR on 14th NOV bound for BOS for a long weekend. whats Logan like for spotting and whats the weather like at that time of year except for being really cold.

Regards

Stu
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 9:15 am

I must have been quite unlucky since the flight attendants on my two recent Icelandair flights (FI503 AMS-KEF and FI502 KEF-AMS) were not exactly the frendliest - not rude, but just ice-cold. Not one smile, and the service seemed a bit slower than on other carriers (my impression at any rate), and impersonal too.

I was really surprisingly disappointed, especially after all the favorable comments I had read. However, the wonderful 8 days I spent in Iceland more than made up for it!  Smile
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:45 pm


I think Icelandair is the first airline in the world that puts a bottle of water (labelled Cool Icelandic Water) in the seat pocket in front of every passenger.
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 2:09 am

Whats transit like through KEF?????? i have got 1hr on the outbound route and 2hrs40 on return leg

Regards

Stu
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 2:15 am

Yeah the f/a's on my return flight (753) weren't as 'enthusiastic', they were also older, probably the problem  Big grin. As I said the first 5-6 rows on the 752's have the old business class seats, which are much wider and have more legroom than the normal economy seats, so if you are on a 752 try and get those seats.

KEF is a pretty mediocre/poor airport, its not very well designed at all and if their are alot of flights when you arrive then it'll be really cramped..
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 2:27 am

BDR: Logan is a decent airport to spot at. Lots of large, domestic movements (767s and such to ATL, LAX, etc) and a decent array of European carriers (most of which arrive between 12:30 and 17:00). There are some decent on-airport sights to spot (the top level of the Terminal B parking garage). I've heard stories of some people being harrassed, but haven't heard about anyone getting booted from the garage (not to say it hasn't happened). Some off airport sites are Castle Island (Ft. Independence) in South Boston and Constitution Beach in East Boston.

The weather will most likely be typical, November weather: grey, windy, some rain, and temps around 8-11 degrees Celsius with nights going down to 3 to -1.
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 2:30 am

Sorry BDRules, I can't offer any comments on the transit through KEF as I've never been to date (though I want to visit Iceland). All I can say is that their flights into LHR almost always seems to land ahead of schedule. Don't know if this is a trend throughout their whole network but if they can squeeze in LHR early then it seems a good bet that they will keep their timings well on other routes.
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 4:06 am

Whats transit like through KEF?????? i have got 1hr on the outbound route and 2hrs40 on return leg.


No problem my friend, there's only one pier and about three shops (tax free of course). So no stress at all. Hope you'll have a such nice flight as I had back in May 2000.  Smile


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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 4:32 am

Flew to LHR back in '99 and the flight attendants were ALL bitches
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 4:41 am

I flew on Icelandair back in '94 from FLL to OSL via KEF. They were very good in my opinion. The flight was very pleasant and extremely professional. Unfortunately they are the cheap airline they were back in the 70's They were always popular with the backpackers going to Europe. I think you will be very pleased.
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 5:01 am

Boston is an awesome town, lots to do and great history. And if your a Brit your going to appreciate it's "New England" heritage.

Do you have a place to stay? If not I highly recomend the Marriott Custom House, I stayed there in January with my Girlfriend for $150 per night, which is a bargain for this historic First Class Hotel.

It's centrally located and has an awesome outdoor observation deck on the top floor, plus great views of Boston and Logan Airport.

http://www.marriott.com/dpp/PropertyPage.asp?MarshaCode=BOSCH
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Sat Aug 02, 2003 5:22 pm

STT757, I have been looking at hotels because thats what i do for a living and thats one that jumped out at me. I can also get discounts so i have been looking at Holiday Inn Select in the government area.

SAS_A330_300, Thats good i am from the Midlands and am very simple so i am glad KEF is easy to deal with.

EGGD, Thanks for the information.

Regards

Stu
 
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RE: Icelandair. What Are They Like?

Mon Aug 04, 2003 4:24 pm

There's actually a new building at KEF, at the end of the long ramp thing. It's used mainly for non-Schengen flights (US/UK/Switzerland)- although it's also used for Copenhagen/other flights, but that's another matter.
My point is, the case might be that since you'll be going from the UK to the US, you won't have to enter Schengen, thus you won't have to leave the new pier. (Hint: if you want to go to the main duty-free area, then go through passport control, and walk to the other end of the airport, the Icelandic candy is delish!... there are some duty-free shopsin the new pier, just not as big as the other ones).

Hope this didn't turn out too confusing.

Have a great trip.