andaman
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Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:41 am

According to the Swedish Flygtorget.se Icelandair is planning to open a route to Japan, to get more Japanese tourists to Iceland. Unfortunately the short news didn't give much more details.
Anyone heard more? I guess they would need a widebody for the route, the B757 not very practical in this case?

Perhaps Icelandair could co-operate with Finnair which serves three cities in Japan. These two could be a strong couple otherwise too, operating in large area, from US East Coast to Far East, via Europe. The Icelanders already own quite a bit of Finnair.
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:14 am

If they wanted to, I would think Icelandair could do it with their 767-300ER.
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:28 am

5481 miles on the great circle RKV-NRT

Too far for the 757 I'd guess.

RKV-ANC-NRT is about 3400 miles each stage which would suit the 757.
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:35 am

Quoting Andaman (Thread starter):
Perhaps Icelandair could co-operate with Finnair which serves three cities in Japan

Yes, after Icelandair has acquired (the rest of) Finnair.
 
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:36 am

I was in KEF at the end of september. There was a icelandair flight on the departure board which was flying to Tokyo.
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:37 am

It might work. The Japanese love watching the northern lights. The Alaska tourism industry has capitolized on the northern lights to boost winter tourism.
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andaman
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:14 am

Quoting FFlyer (Reply 3):

Yes, after Icelandair has acquired (the rest of) Finnair.

Actually it is an Icelandic investor group buying Finnair, not Icelandair itself.
I don't believe Finnish state will give up the majority of AY in near future,
perhaps other way around, AY could become one owner of FI. Finnair is bigger and it seems they have money, they already wanted to buy SAS's long haul division.

[Edited 2007-01-03 18:28:31]
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:23 am

Quoting Andaman (Reply 6):
Actually it is an Icelandic investor group buying Finnair, not Icelandair itself.

FL group are the investors. They recently floated Icelandair. FL Group was orginally Icelandair but as Icelandair's investments grew (e.g. Easyjet), FL Group was formed. Now FL group has sold its original business and is starting to move into non aviation investments
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RE: Icelandair To Japan?

Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:48 am

Well, they also have 2 787's on order, so perhaps that's the grand plan for using those aircraft...?

Also, I wonder if the KEF-NRT departure would be timed to allow for connections from North America or from Europe. Seems out of the way for either set of passengers, but I can't imagine FI filling a 787 with strictly O&D traffic from Japan.

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