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LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:12 pm

8 April 2005
Icelandair
LHR-KEF
Boeing 757-200
Seat 24F

Check-in at Terminal 2 in Heathrow took a while, even though I was there 2.5 hours before departure. Someone had a load of live birds on trolleys that took up quite a bit of time, and I ended up being beckoned by the Business Class counter to check-in there. At Heathrow, Icelandair is handled by AFSL, which are Air France staff.

I had called through beforehand as my luggage is 31kg, and was told that I would be charged £10 ($A30) per kilo for the excess. I managed to secrete quite a bit into my carry-on bag, and my bag was 27.6kg. They let you get away with 25kg, so I had to go and pay for an additional 3kg.

What they do is check you in, and hold your boarding pass while you go to the Icelandair counter to pay for the excess, then you go back with the receipt and get given the boarding pass. Not too bad, though of course I'd rather not have paid the extra £30.

Eventually, the flight was assigned a gate, and we boarded. If you've never been to Heathrow Terminal 2, you probably won't know that the boarding gates look like relics from the 1960s. We were boarded by rows, and eventually I was onboard.

Take-off was on time at 1300. The safety video is pretty basic and straightforward, which was alright. After take-off, there is a video which plays that welcomes you aboard Icelandair, which tells you all about where to find out how much the drinks are, and what kind of service to expect, which I thought was a nice touch. The woman in it is very attractive and has a British accent, which I found amusing!

Really nice hot food was then served - chicken. I also had soft drink and sat back and watched the in-flight video, which was a television show (forget which), interspersed with ads for Iceland.

The inflight magazine is called Atlantica, and it has really interesting articles, as well as a lot of information on Iceland. I actually went to the coffee shop they recommended (Te & Kaffi) and it served great coffee and super food! I highly recommend it.

We arrived on time. I made the huge error of taking a taxi to the hotel, which is 50km away (as Keflavik is a totally different town to Reykjavik) and it cost me 8,000 Icelandic Kroner - $A170 or $US140. Take the bus instead! On the upside, you can change your money at the airport into Icelandic money for no fee, which is fantastic!

12 April 2005
Icelandair
KEF-LHR
Boeing 757-200
Seat 11A

Took the Reykjavik Excursions bus to the airport, which cost me 1,000 Kroner, much cheaper than a taxi! Arrived there at 5:30am and checked in. It was pretty swift, even though the airport was packed out. As Reykjavik doesn't have the Heathrow rule of "only one carry-on item per passenger", I was able to put more stuff into a second carry-on, meaning I only had 24kg in the big bag, and hence no extra charges.

From there, you wait outside your gate, until they call you inside. You then enter a smallish lounge, and everyone waits until they unrope the escalators, and then it's a mass stampede to the aircraft. It worked well though, because I positioned myself close by and was one of the first to board.

Row 10 was the first economy row, before that it's all Business Class, and I was in 11A. The flight, once again, was packed to the gills with people, which is great for Icelandair.

Again, the safety video, then we took off and were handed landing cards for Heathrow. I borrowed a pen off a flight attendant to fill it in, on condition I gave it back to her, which I did.

Another superb hot meal, this time it was pasta - quite filling and really very tasty. The television on this sector wasn't as exciting, so I passed the time looking out the window and relaxing. The seat pitch in Economy isn't bad at all - I never felt like I was cramped or anything like that. However, the F/A did tell the person in front of me to put the seat up for service, so that we had room to eat.

I found the crew (on both flights) to be exceptionally attentive, nice, smiley and all the rest of it. The food was absolutely delicious on both legs, which was unexpected as I really didn't know what to expect. I strongly recommend a 4 day visit to Iceland. It's inexpensive if you eat fast food (like I did, the restaurant prices are scandalous), and the tour prices are reasonable too. Reykjavik Excursions does numerous tours, and I enjoyed myself on the two I did - Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

Trent.
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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:22 am

Nice report. How long have they been operating out of T2 at LHR?
 
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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:22 pm

Nice one!

Your outbound aircraft to Keflavik was TF-FIV, inbound was TF-FIO!

Well done,

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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:53 am

Great report. Just out of interest, do you remember the routing?
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:43 am

Good report - sounds like an interesting experience. I too visited T2 recently, but used the more modern pier. I took a picture - I guess you're talking about the ones on the right:




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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:16 am

Quoting Atco2b (Reply 2):
Your outbound aircraft to Keflavik was TF-FIV, inbound was TF-FIO!

I had the details for the outbound plane - didn't get the inbound one, so thanks for that!

Quoting Babybus (Reply 3):
Great report. Just out of interest, do you remember the routing?

Not really... they did tell us, but I've forgotten. Sorry about that...

Quoting Sulman (Reply 4):
I took a picture - I guess you're talking about the ones on the right:

Yep, the ones on the right. You walk into the gate and it's really old fashioned and pretty ugly looking - not to mention worn.

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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Mon May 02, 2005 9:06 am

Reading your report brings back memories of my own trip to Iceland in April 2004! I wasn't aware that Icelandair had moved to Terminal 2 - personally I flew out of and in to T1, which I much prefer to T2.

I also did the Golden Circle tour, which was great. And yes, eating fast food is definately a way of keeping costs down while in Iceland. But I can't believe you got a cab from KEF into town - had no one told you about the airport bus??!!

I was very impressed with Icelandair - a very nice airline, and nice to get a hot meal and IFE on an inter-European flight. I also did an internal flight with Flugfelag which was great too - those Icelanders really know how to treat the flying public!

Nice report!

Cheers.

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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Tue May 03, 2005 8:24 am

Lovely report, must try this route and airline out myself sometime,

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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Wed May 04, 2005 2:54 am

Hey,
I flew with FI back in November last year on the same route and found them very good and I loved Iceland to bits. I had the 757-300 on the way home which was more modern than the rickety 752 I had on the outbound leg! Te and Kaffi is well kewl, I liked the Reykjavik Bagel House too.

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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Thu May 05, 2005 1:05 am

I've flown on TF-FIO yesterday KEF-BWI. 6 hours flight over the pond in 757 its nothing exciting  Smile I'm not planing on taking Icelandair again in the near future.
My trip report will be posted sometimes this week.

BTW nice report.

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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Thu May 05, 2005 8:12 am

Quoting Trident2e (Reply 1):
How long have they been operating out of T2 at LHR?



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6):
I wasn't aware that Icelandair had moved to Terminal 2

They moved to T2 because AFSL took over the full handling of Icelandair after swiss port went under late last year.
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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:26 am

Great report. Can't help wondering though why on Earth you had 28kg of luggage for a 4 day trip. Did you take the kitchen sink?  Big grin
 
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RE: LHR-KEF-LHR On Icelandair Economy Class

Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:08 am

LOL!

I was moving from Sydney to Dublin to live for a year. As such, I had to haul all of my "essentials" (in reality, 30kg of luggage and 6kg or so carry on) around the world before I got to my ultimate destination.

To my surprise I had arm muscles when I hit Dublin from all the bag haulage  Smile

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