After flying two transatlantic round trips on Icelandair within a year, I noticed that I had flown on pretty much all of their 757 aircraft except four! Naturally I hoped that I would be flying on one or two of the missing ones. After doing some research, I knew I wouldn't be flying on 2 of the 4, since one of them is a -300 and thay don't use them on FRA or JFK legs, and the other one is a Y class only cabin, so this one wouldn't be flying either. So this left me to hope for TF-FIP "Leifur Eiríksson" and TF-FIO "Valdis"!
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First I thought I might write them an email to ask which plane was scheduled, but this wouldn't have changed anything really, what difference did it make to know the reg# three days before or at the airport.
So I decided to ask for that specific plane to be scheduled! I dug up all kinds of email ad's on their website (sales, reservations, ff program...) and hoped one of them could forward my message to scheduling or operations. This was 10 days before the flight. Here's what I wrote:
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Could you please forward this email to Icelandair Operations?
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen at Icelandair Operations!
I have enjoyed flying across the Atlantic on Icelandair a couple of times in the last year, on 6 different 757 aircraft on New York - KEF - Frankfurt routes. Once I have even stopped in Iceland to visit this beautiful country for a week.
I have a question: I am an aviation enthusiast, and I think it is very interesting that with only two round-trip flights from Europe to North America, you can almost fly with the entire Icelandair Fleet! The next time I will be flying FRA-KEF-JFK on June 2, on your flights 521 and 615.
Until today, I have flown on all your 757 aircraft except TF-FIJ, TF-FIK, and TF-FIO.
Is there any chance I might be flying with one of these airplanes next week? If not, and if it doesn't make any operational difference, would there be any chance to schedule one or two of them for my flights?
Thank you very much! Takk! And thank you for all the wonderful flying experiences on Icelandair!
OK so I sent this, and I didn't expect anything to happen really. But then, less that 24 hours later, I received this email from Scheduling:
Dear Mr Kupke!
I have scheduled TF-FIJ to operate the Frankfurt-Keflavik flight on the 02 June and then I have scheduled TF-FIO to operate Keflavik-New York 02 June, but unfortunately we can not promise that this is going to stay like that. We do move our flights from one aircraft to another according to bookings and arrival times, And because Frankfurt is one of our first flights from Keflavik in the morning we will have to use one of the first aircraft's to arrive so we do not have any delays.
We will probable not be using TF-FIK on those routes that day because of the bookings, TF-FIK has a different interior and fewer seats.
To make things perfect, I was given a business class ticket at check-in... With the remark "UPG FQTV" printed on it, even though I had just joined the ff club 2 weeks before!
What a great experience, and how lovely to see that small airlines can be REALLY flexible to their customer's demands, even if they are completely crazy! Way to go Icelandair!