redtailsforever
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Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:56 pm

Does anyone know why ICE671 will be stopping at MSP enroute to Denver? I noticed it on flightaware scheduled to land a half hour after the regular scheduled flt# 657. Right now it showed just east of Ontario. Too far out for medical diversion? Sorry couldn't get link to post.
 
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:09 pm

Fully loaded and fully fueled 757 from KEF-DEN at 3600 nm is edging close on the range of that aircraft. That coupled with the weather in and around the DEN area, leaves little room for holding or diverting. It is much easier to get refuled at a location that can handle the aircraft and continue on without causing too much distruption.
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eaa3
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:38 am

Maybe they diverted because of the thunderstorms in Denver. Icelandair already has contracts with a hotel in Minneapolis for delayed passengers and a staff to handle the passengers so it may have been easier to divert there than other places.

But if it was because of fuel then they already have a fuel handler in MSP so that may be a factor.
 
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:51 am

DEN has bad weather and flow control today. They likely could not make it to DEN with adequate reserves for holding since DEN has been having weather delays. MSP is a good diversion point since Icelandair already serves MSP so they have contracts in place for fuel and staff, and also it is very close to the typical routing of KEF-DEN. KEF-DEN is close to the range of the 757. With weather conditions requiring more fuel, it is logical that a fuel stop is required even though it is not needed for typical operations.
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af773atmsp
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:31 am

Thanks for the heads up! Some excitement to my boring Saturday evening. FI 671 was delayed back to DEN until 7:30 Central Time, but is now on it's way there. FI 656 (MSP-KEF) departed 5 minutes after.
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:43 am

Quoting af773atmsp (Reply 4):

Thats quite a site..two FI 757s lined up at MSP..hope a spotter got that one for us =)
 
redtailsforever
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:57 am

To think we had the second most ICE 757's parked outside KEF 
 
af773atmsp
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:37 am

I didn't catch the two Icelandair jets together but here is my video of FI 671 landing at MSP and both FI flights leaving:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_S-WpjuHe4
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RE: Two Icelandair 757' S Enroute To MSP

Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:29 pm

Quoting af773atmsp (Reply 7):

Great videos, thank you for posting!
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