So I started thinking ‘hmmm I should go away next weekend’ as I had work until 3 o’clock Friday and then Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off. So I then started looking at places to go the two choices were Reykjavik and New York, so off looking at prices and flights as the 3 o’clock finish on Friday had a massive say in getting flights and the only compatible flight to get to New York would be getting the shuttle down to LHR and an AA flight to JFK couple this with the fact the cost for flights and hotel cheapest hotel was at EWR! The price came to around £550.
So I decided on Reykjavik as flights and hotel cost me £347 plus the fact that FI’s MAN-KEF flight on a Friday has a 22:05 departure time plus the return KEF-MAN has a 17:30 departure on a Monday so its perfect for a long weekend and so it fit the bill completely.
Also my friends at work Kerry and Dave had been to Iceland themselves so I asked for a few tips and got given a guide book plus the news that they were going to ask their friend Ronnie who represents a few airlines in MAN including FI to see if I could get bumped up to Saga Class for the outbound flight! So quite exciting thoughts as it would also be my first 757 flights! The week passed by and Friday arrived went to work finished at three and went home to pack my weekend carryon case I was so lazy! And put on my smart casual wear as I could be bumped up but also clothes I could feel comfortable wearing in Y
Leg 1 – The possible upgrade and my first fantastic 757 flight
Photo © Darren Wilson
Photo © Asgeir Sigurdsson - Reykjavik Aviation Photography
Operating Aircraft: Boeing 757-200 TF-FIU 1st flight on this aircraft and 1st 752 flight
Departure Stand: 27
Arrival Stand: 6/26
I got dropped off by mum at T1 and proceeded straight to the FI check in desks there were three open and no wait at all to be checked in and was given 20A different to the 24A I selected but a seat of choice as your sat looking down the wing with a view of the engine plus I was relieved to find out I could bring my carryon as hand luggage as I like to be able especially with late arrivals to get off the plane and get to my destination ASAP basically. I then had a little time to kill so I went to the food court first had a drink sat down watching the T1/T3 ramp and arrivals and departures and then proceeded through security up the Fastlane again as I’m security staff hardly any queue on the area though this time and got pulled for a random frisk again this time by one of our new random selecting metal detectors the third time that day, twice on T2 and once on T1! And had a quick chat with my mate’s who had been to Iceland and asked if there was any word on the upgrade and what the food is like on FI and was told that they would have a word with Ronnie as he was working the flight that night and was told the food was great in both classes. I then went to SSP and got some tubs of Ben and Jerry’s which I devoured sat on B pier while watching the planes rolling in an out while listening to my Ipod/a quite amusing family talking about there 00:05 departure to LPA and ‘why there gate would be opening in 90 minutes compared with everybody else’s was like 30 or 40 minutes’ on that note they decided to get a pack of cards out and for me nature called and as I was walking back to the seats I noticed FIU rolling in toward stand 27 so I hot footed it around to the gate which I was first at followed by the gate agents and another guy I then got a phone call from my mate to say that they had had a word with Ronnie and that there were quite a few gold card holders on the flight tonight but he would have a word with the purser to see if she would allow me to sit in Saga tonight and that if I was to get upgraded my name would be called to which it didn’t but I wasn’t bothered as I wasn’t really expecting to be upgraded. Shortly after boarding was called and I boarded the nice clean aircraft to a friendly crew and good legroom stowed my carryon and coat in the hat rack and noticed the free headset on my seat I really have to start flying more full service airlines! I then was joined by a couple in the B and C seats it was a quite full load in both classes and the doors were closed and the crew then went around asking passengers if that wanted to move to the seats nearby that were free a nice touch I thought although as I found out during the stay in Iceland it’s the friendly Icelandic way. We then pushed back taxied out to 6L and I then witnessed my first famous RB211 powered rocket sled takeoff in a 757 and I wasn’t disappointed as we rotated just before B pier. Then after the 10,000ft ping the drop down screens dropped and started showing what I like to call ‘The Kick In The Teeth For All You Economy Pax Video’, anyone has flown FI might know what I mean when they give an explanation of the services in both classes but focus’s heavier on Saga Class than economy. Then shortly after the crew started the dinner drinks run for which juices water and soft drinks are free but alcohol isn’t as I was lacking the correct money in Sterling and my Krona were in my carryon so I just had an orange juice then dinner was served which turned out to be a tasty savoury ham, tomato and cheese filled croissant and they also came around with a water run during service so I had a water as well and finally a coffee run to which I have to admit FI’s is up there with LX’s but not equal to it also we got a little chocolate bar also and that the crew came round with the Gash cart and then duty free. Then I listened to my Ipod for a bit and then the weird but amazing phenomenon of flying into oncoming daylight then happened ahead of the wing the sky looked like before sunrise but behind still darkness it was real amazing seeing this phenomenon happen for the first time it stayed light until final approach and we landed on 2 and taxied to stand 6/26 weird I thought that the stand would have two gates but one is past passport control and one before. There was a small queue for passport control though, but just having a carryon meant I could get out quicker to the Flybus there, which took me direct to my hotel although I nearly fell asleep a few times on the way to the hotel seeming that I’d been up since 02:20 for work that morning!!
Blue Lagoon For OA260!!
My Ride Home
Leg 2 – The return to MAN and a row to myself
Photo © David Alfred Eliasson - Reykjavik Aviation Photography
Photo © Stewart Andrew
Operating Aircraft: Boeing 757-200 TF-FIR 1st flight on this aircraft and 2nd 752 flight
Departure Stand: 26
Arrival Stand: 26
I arrived at the airport by bus from the blue lagoon after a quick final dip and almost had a mini crisis on our hands as the luggage compartment door wouldn’t open but after a bit of brute force it did so off to the self check in machines which are in a great position right inside the doors checked myself into 19F and then proceeded to the bag drop desk then I went upstairs and proceeded through security which was absolutely empty then I went to find the tax refund bank plus the blue lagoon airport shop. Then I went through passport control after walking along the great tunnel spotting wise that is distance wise its not on which I noticed the staff use scooters to get themselves down the tunnel! I noticed all the FI 757’s ready for their flights including spotting TF-FIR my aircraft for the flight back to MAN as its in an all white body colour scheme at the moment I thought it would be great to fly on the ‘oddball’ of the fleet not knowing that it was on my flight until I seen on the screen gate 26 so I knew instantly as it was parked on gate 6 (as I explained in the first leg stands have two different gate numbers one before passport control one after) it would be operating my flight I then got a bite to eat and proceeded to the gate where I took the above picture of our aircraft and then boarding commenced shortly after and like the first flight to a nice clean aircraft, friendly crew and good legroom I stowed my coat in the hatrack plus I had a row to myself result! Plus it was quite full in both classes this evening. We then pushed back and taxied to runway 2 and I was treated to my second RB211 powered rocket sled takeoff with a 40 second rotation impressive plus the fact we took of with just slats it was very good, also I had a nice view of KEF after we turned after takeoff and then into the clouds where after the 10,000ft ping the video screens dropped and the aforementioned video was shown then I wrote a postcard which I put in a bag of presents for my mates who had been to Iceland. The crew then came around shortly after with the pre dinner drinks run I had a coke then dinner was served which was really nice on offer this evening was a chicken fillet with potato salad, courgette, a bread roll and butter plus a chocolate wafer bar plus I had a nice cup of FI’s coffee and then the crew came round with the Gash cart and duty free from which I bought a Blue Lagoon gift set because I remembered after passport control somebody I forgot to buy a present for! I then listened to my Ipod until the top of the descent and watched the speedbrakes pop up as with the first flights descent to which they certainly make some noise. We then landed on 24R and had a bit of a wait by the MYT hanger for about 10 minutes because we were waiting as the pilot informed us for an aircraft to push back it was quite good as it was the TUIFly Halle/Leipzig Logojet D-AGEE we then taxied to stand 26 and on the airbridge I noticed Ronnie who I had a quick chat to and he said that the reason for not getting the upgrade was more to do with the fact the purser was inflexible as if he gets a flexible purser he can usually bump people up. I then made my way up to Immigration and waited in quite a short queue and was picked up by dad, which ended my Icelandic adventure.
The aircraft we waited 10 minutes for
HL Boeing 737-300 Halle/Leipzig Logojet D-AGEE
Photo © Helmut Bierbaum
Photo © Christoph Schaemer
the two inspirational trip reports by A340600 and Go3Team
A340600 BA To Iceland- Club/Business Class, W/Photos (by A340600 Apr 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
Go3Team BA LGW-KEF-LGW With Pics Galore And A Vid Or 2 (by Go3Team Apr 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
Verdict: Airlines flown this trip
Icelandair 10/10 Great airline with great service and fantastic crews and aircraft
Verdict: Airports travelled through this trip
MAN 100/100 again can say anything bad about MAN
KEF 10/10 Great airport nice setup
Verdict: Countries visited this trip
Iceland 10/10 A really friendly nation and a lovely country definitely a place to visit