denklug
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Icelandair's SEA Operation

Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:56 pm

Sorry if this has been discussed before somewhere, but looking at some aviation related news sites today I came across FI's operation SEA.
Looking at their schedule
FI681 KEF1700 – 1745SEA 75W D
FI680 SEA1630 – 0645+1KEF 75W D
How can this operation make economical sense if their plane sits at SEA for 22hours+?
Does the same crew fly the same frame back and forth?
If their operation is currently only 6 weekly this would mean that once a week one of FI's planes even rests at SEATAC for 46hours+??? Can they afford this? Or is even maintenance work performed at SEA?
Tks for feedback and explaination.
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:37 pm

Not sure if its related, but I often see a FI 757 parked near the AS mx hanger. My guess would be maintenance...
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:43 pm

Quoting denklug (Thread starter):

Route is going daily from 22May12.
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:58 pm

Yes, MX is performed.

(at least thats what I read on A.net when the route was starting)
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:15 pm

Maintenance is performed in SEA at the AS hanger (if I remember correctly) and the crew do layover in SEA; as my airline laysover in the same hotel.
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:31 pm

Quoting santos (Reply 2):
Route is going daily from 22May12.

Great to hear! FI has done a really fantastic job of building their brand here in Seattle. I've seen their ads in every local paper (even the free weekly alternative papers) on a regular basis, online virtually everywhere and even on the sides of Metro buses. They've also teamed up with local radio station KEXP to promote Icelandic pop music festivals a few times. Just about everyone I know who has flown to Europe since the service began has considered taking it and those who have had great things to say about it. They couldn't have done a better job of filling the hole left by SK and I look forward to having them around for some time to come (and hopefully trying them out next time I head to Europe!)
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:00 am

Quoting Elevated (Reply 4):
Maintenance is performed in SEA at the AS hanger (if I remember correctly) and the crew do layover in SEA; as my airline laysover in the same hotel.

DL goes overnight and A checks in their hangar.
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:19 am

Also FI is a Mileage partner with AS (I know big surprise) however it does offer AS flyers a different way to Europe. The SK A340 is missed in the evening skies here in SEA but FI is filling that void quite well.
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:08 am

Quoting citation501sp (Reply 7):
The SK A340 is missed in the evening skies here in SEA but FI is filling that void quite well.

True, but with Icelandair and Condor now doing SEA-Europe, we've still got some variety.

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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:52 am

Don't forget BA, LH & AF that fly to Europe from SEA
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:47 pm

I've flown that route once and my parents twice, I had an excellent experience and so have my parents. I much prefer flying a 757 trans con than a wider jet to be honest (unless it's the 747 or A380  )
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:05 pm

And on at least one day, I believe, you can see two FI 757's on the same day, with one staying for maintenance.
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:45 pm

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 5):
They couldn't have done a better job of filling the hole left by SK and I look forward to having them around for some time to come (and hopefully trying them out next time I head to Europe!)

I still wonder why SAS left Seattle... Even if Icelandair may have done a good job promoting this route I think it was an easy catch. Some day we will have a scandinavian carrier back in both Seattle and Los Angeles. Traffic has always been there. If you have been on a fully loaded 747 from LAX to CPH with 40 standbys left at the gate you realize there must be some demand for nonstop traffic on those routes, even if SAS high costs made them unprofitable... 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:36 pm

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 9):
Don't forget BA, LH & AF that fly to Europe from SEA

Sure, but I guess I was referring to more unique operators. BA's been flying here forever, and both AF and LH have been for awhile. Those are the three standard Euro carriers that you would expect to see. Icelandair and Condor are to me a little different.  

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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:17 pm

Quoting Navigator (Reply 12):
I still wonder why SAS left Seattle

SAS was bleeding money big time and had to cut routes. I hope SAS decides to come back to SEA, as well as SU.
 
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RE: Icelandair's SEA Operation

Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:43 pm

When did FI stop flying direct USA to Luxembourg? I remember direct flights to that destination back in the 80s I believe.