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Icelandair At Reykjavik

Sun Jul 03, 2005 5:25 pm

Does Icelandair have any regular operations into Reykjavik? I thought it was only Air Iceland/Landsflug that operated from here, but I found a couple of photos of 757's landing at the airport. Are these regular flights or just one offs? I've seen the terminal at Reykjavik and it looks as though it would struggle with a full 757 load.

Jamie.

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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Sun Jul 03, 2005 6:10 pm

It looks long enough to me.

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Guess it is a one off though as international flights are handled from KEF to my best knowledge.
Anyway while I worked at RKV I never saw anything bigger then a F50.
On the other hand KEF(the civilian side) is a relative new airport and I guess before that RKV must have been the main airport and I would not be surprised if it has seen the DC8's and similar sized aircraft.

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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Sun Jul 03, 2005 6:40 pm

At 5141', even a 757 would have issues at RKV.
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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:12 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
At 5141', even a 757 would have issues at RKV.

It seems to do just fine.

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Fully loaded maybe due to safety regulations but it would make it though.

Great shots from Sigurdur btw...... as always.

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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:37 am

Icelandair hardly ever lands at Reykjavik City Airport, except for promotional events and airshows.

Before the fairly new civilian side of Keflavik Airport (Leifur Eiriksson Terminal) was built, passenger flights actually operated from the small terminal that is now on the military side of the airport (on the NATO base), as far as I'm aware.
 
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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:04 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):
At 5141', even a 757 would have issues at RKV.

Not necessarily, we operate 757s out of Skiathos (JSI/LGSK) which is 5341' long. Normally flights operate nonstop back to the UK without payload restrictions, with block times averaging 3hrs 30min.

I think Go Fly actually flew to Reykyavik (as opposed to Keflavik) for a couple of seasons with their 737-300s from STN. Couldn't find any photos of their aircraft in Icleand though.

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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:10 am

I was lucky enough to fly into RKV on a 757 in April 2004. I had flown out in the morning on a Flugfelag Islands F50 to Akureyri but due to staff shortages a lot of the return flights that day were cancelled, so they sent up a 757 to fly us all back to RKV (BTW, anyone know when and why they changed the airport code from REK to RKV?).

The 757 made the flight in 25 minutes, as opposed to 40 minutes on the F50. Final approach was quite steep, and we used a lot of braking to come to a stop on the runway.

Just as I got back to my hotel I spotted the 757 take off to make a repositioning flight back to KEF, where it was still sat the next day when I went to catch my flight home to LHR.

This is the aircraft that made that flight:


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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:04 pm

Most international flights have been going through Keflavik (KEF) for the last decades. The only regular international flights from REK/RKV are to Greenland (Flugfelag Islands Fokker 50's) and the Faroe Islands (Atlantic Airways Bae-146's).


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Islandsflug had a base at REK where some of their 737's were serviced to some extent, but after they sold their domestic operations to Landsflug I think that has stopped. On a few occasions they have been parked on the Flight services Ltd. ramp behind Hotel Loftleidir


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As mentioned in earlier replies, it's mostly during airshows that bigger jets like the 757 come to REK. On the very rare occasions when KEF is shut down because of weather, some inbound Icelandair flights have landed a REK. A few years ago they practically piled up at REK with at least 3 or 4 of them landing there  Smile Of course, the poor passengers needed to be driven to KEF for customs inspection because REK didn't have the proper security screening facilities (I think that has changed now).


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RE: Icelandair At Reykjavik

Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:07 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention, as far as I know, GO never flew into REK, the flights were always STN-KEF-STN. I'm sorry to say that there are no photos here on Airliners.net showing the GO 737's at KEF.

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