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by hvusslax
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 79
Views: 18761

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

The major problem is getting out of the MAX leases (FI took delivery of five B38Ms and one B39M; 4 of the six are under sale-leaseback leases and the other two are under JOLCO leases.) That said, I could see FI renegotiating the remaining MAX orders for 4-5 B788 aircraft and possibly the two Boeing...

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by hvusslax
Sun May 24, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 3985

Re: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020

D:334 R:204

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by hvusslax
Sat May 23, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 72
Views: 4467

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

KEF has had a dedicated footpath into the town of Keflavík for a few years now, it's like 20-30 minute walk to the edge of town. It was possible to go by foot before but it was a rather unappealing route on the shoulder of a road with fast traffic.

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by hvusslax
Fri May 08, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread

New WOW Air website is up: https://wowair.com Oh god. This is the DC based one. Ok I’m done. So PLAY is basically dead. All they've been doing is posting pictures on their social media accounts while saying "Have you signed up for our 1,000 ticket giveaway". PLAY is not dead officially. T...

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by hvusslax
Fri May 08, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread

New WOW Air website is up: https://wowair.com It's hard to really pin down what this is all about. Months of silence and then suddenly a website with a heavy focus on cargo and the revelation of strange Russia links. Whatever the plan is, it certainly isn't (and probably never was) a resurrection o...

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by hvusslax
Fri May 08, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11186

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

Somewhat related: AMS will have 3 separate passenger levels on the new A-pier. - Shengen departures and arrivals; - Non-Shengen departures and 'safe' Non-Schengen arrivals; - Non-Shengen 'unsafe' arrivals. https://zwartlicht.nl/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/712-A-pier-schiphol-doorsnede-scaled.jpg Aga...

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by hvusslax
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 723
Views: 107752

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

The layoffs of 2000 employees at Icelandair include 421 pilots, 897 cabin crew and 133 mechanics. After these layoffs (if they all come to effect after a three month notice period) Icelandair will employ a total of 26 pilots and 43 cabin crew and even most of the remaining staff are working reduced ...

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by hvusslax
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 723
Views: 107752

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Icelandair lays off 2000 of its staff. That's the majority of the remaining staff although I don't know exactly how many remain.

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by hvusslax
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 79
Views: 18761

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

Icelandic business newspaper Viðskiptablaðið has some sources saying that Icelandair may end up cutting its fleet down by more than half, perhaps as small as 12 aircraft. Of course, all long term plans have been severely disrupted at most airlines in the world. I wonder what this means for Ielandair...

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by hvusslax
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5539

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

No, it has not been reduced because the Court of justice of the EU has not provided any judicial decision yet, at least not to my knowledge. As for border checks between Denmark and Germany, and Denmark and Sweden we all know these have been place for years now, and we all know they are in breach w...

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by hvusslax
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5539

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

No, it has not been reduced because the Court of justice of the EU has not provided any judicial decision yet, at least not to my knowledge. As for border checks between Denmark and Germany, and Denmark and Sweden we all know these have been place for years now, and we all know they are in breach w...

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by hvusslax
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5539

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

That's ridiculous No it isn't, Spain talks about keeping it's borders closed for the upcoming summer season. Indeed, until a vaccine comes online we will keep this lock-down or at least an intelligent lock-down. Tourism is especially non-essential thingy. ...which in my opinion is not legally possi...

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by hvusslax
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF
Replies: 31
Views: 9708

Re: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF

http://www.rnsa.is/media/4633/interim-r ... ikf-r1.pdf

The result is basically that a wrong sized nut was in the landing gear that failed.
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A interim report is out about this incident: http://www.rnsa.is/media/4633/interim-r ... ikf-r1.pdf

The result is basically that a wrong sized nut was in the landing gear that failed.

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by hvusslax
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 723
Views: 107752

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

SAS will operate a rescue flight for Danes stranded in Peru in cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 2nd. Schedule: SK7031 LIM-CPH 11:30-08:00+1. No details on type of Aircraft but I'm pretty sure it'll be on one the A350s. Yes. SE-RSB will fly this trip. Schedule for out...

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by hvusslax
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 450
Views: 213895

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.ruv.is/frett/vid-aetlum-okk ... num-thetta
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Icelandair lays off 260 employees, reduces hours for 92% of remaining staff and cuts wages for remaining full time staff by 20%. Executives take a 25-30% pay cut.

https://www.ruv.is/frett/vid-aetlum-okk ... num-thetta

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by hvusslax
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 723
Views: 107752

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Only 10 departures from KEF today as operations keep decreasing day from day. Five of those are UK-bound on Icelandair, easyJet and BA. The only flight to North America that remains on schedule is Boston.

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by hvusslax
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 723
Views: 107752

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Greenland is shutting down all aviation, both domestic and international, for two weeks.

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by hvusslax
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 723
Views: 107752

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

Iceland remains one of very few countries in Europe to not have put in place any sort of formal travel restrictions. Residents in Iceland are required to go into home-quarantine when returning from most impacted areas but tourists have been free to come as they please. We will presumably be a part o...

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by hvusslax
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336539

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Icelandair had 8 scheduled flights to the US today. Only 2 of these (MSP, MCO) have been cancelled while JFK, EWR, IAD, BOS, ORD, SEA are on time.

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336539

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I presume that Icelandair is being impacted by this travel restriction due to the Coronavirus a lot more than the mainland Europe carriers, as a large part of their business model is connecting passengers from the US and Canada to Europe. And, Iceland is part of the Schengen Area, so going to Icela...

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182648

Re: US cancels flight to Europe except UK for 30 days

True AF the company is still allowed to fly to the US. However, AF pilots and cabin crew are not.... Hence AF is cancelling all US flights. Even today (just before the ban starts) they are refusing to fly outbound passengers to the US as they won’t be able to fly them back... Is this actually confi...

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182648

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Today, there have been three diagnosed cases in Iceland of COVID19 infections that are imported FROM the United States. He's doing everyone a solid then? I guess. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the tables turn completely over the next weeks and the US takes over the role of the global COVID19 ...

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182648

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Today, there have been three diagnosed cases in Iceland of COVID19 infections that are imported FROM the United States.

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182648

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Icelandair will continue flying to the US after Friday but in limited capacity. New York, Chicago, Washington and Seattle will continue while Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Orlando are cancelled.

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by hvusslax
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182648

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

-Cabin cleaning. Someone posted a video of how seriously Qatar Airways is taking cabin cleaning. However, if you look well, they are using a cabin cleaner that is not a disinfectant but a detergent. So instead of disinfecting the cabin, they might actually be spreading germs all over the place. Not...

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by hvusslax
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF traffic in 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 2940

Re: KEF traffic in 2020

EBiafore99 wrote:
I believe January 2019 numbers include WOW, as WOW collapsed in March 2019. That could also be a reason for the disparity.


That was factored into the forecast. The actual YoY drop in January was -29.8%. April will be the first month where YoY numbers will no longer be affected by WOW's collapse.

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by hvusslax
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF traffic in 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 2940

Re: KEF traffic in 2020

The unusually stormy weather in January probably had a big impact. Winter is not over yet as there is a severe storm expected this Friday and Icelandair is already offering free rebooking as they are expecting some disruption. The Coronavirus outbreak might have some effect as well as January has be...

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by hvusslax
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 79
Views: 18761

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

A lot of airlines are choosing the A321NEO/NEOLR to replace their 757s, all of which are more than 15 years old now. I see Icelandair choosing the A321NEO to replace their 757s, in...I would say the middle of the 20s. Even before the grounding of the MAX, ordering it was a mistake. Icelandair shoul...

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by hvusslax
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF
Replies: 31
Views: 9708

Re: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF

I suspect it's weather-related. Current METAR: BIKF 071700Z 13042G58KT 6000 -RA BR SCT009 BKN013 BKN039 06/06 Q0965. Those winds are insane. It may have something to do with it but according to the passengers on board, there was nothing unusual about the initial touch on the ground. They did not fe...

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by hvusslax
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29782

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

According to this article, which I wasn't able to find in English, Play will first fly to the following cities : Paris London Berlin Alicante Tenerife Copenhagen https://www.air-journal.fr/2019-11-11-islande-la-nouvelle-low-cost-play-ira-entre-autres-a-paris-5216188.html Flying to Alicante and Tene...

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by hvusslax
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY
Replies: 163
Views: 29782

Re: WOW Air to relaunch as PLAY

I think a great list of destinations for Summer 2020 from KEF would be. BWI DTW YYZ YUL TXL FRA AMS LGW BRU CDG BCN WAW DUB I agree. They should fly to YYZ and YUL. Wow was able to fly daily to YUL, often on A321, so the passenger demand was probably there. And as opposed to the US with Norwegian, ...

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by hvusslax
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?
Replies: 113
Views: 19317

Re: 737MAX Storage, Where are they?

Icelandair is starting to ferry their 737MAX to Spain today. TF-ICN and TF-ICO are taking off from KEF right now. According to media they will be going to Lleida in Catalonia, Spain but FR24 is showing Shannon as their destination.

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by hvusslax
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread

I don't think it has been mentioned before, but WOW's liquidators apparently canceled their contracts with Ballarin/Oasis Aviation in late July due to failed payments: https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2019/07/29/ballarin_s_contract_canceled/ If this information is still up-to-date, it would ...

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by hvusslax
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S firm behind new WOW air found out + IAD to be one of new destinations
Replies: 91
Views: 11286

Re: U.S firm behind new WOW air found out + IAD to be one of new destinations

So I am confused about who is actually starting the airline. On the one hand, we have investors tied to Ireland and Ryan Air https://newsroom.aviator.aero/ryan-family-to-start-new-icelandic-airline/ and we also have an equally factual sounding account that a woman who is on the OAG board leading th...

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by hvusslax
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bankrupt WOW air fined US $30 million by environmental agency
Replies: 10
Views: 3813

Re: Bankrupt WOW air fined US $30 million by environmental agency

How doea Icelandic law treat fines in bankruptcy versus secured or unsecured creditors ? Who ranks first in any payout ? If fines rank before most other groups then the Govt may end up seeing a good chunk of the money Fines do not have priority in Icelandic bankruptcy law. It's really only wages th...

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by hvusslax
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW-KEF on AA for 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 3268

Re: DFW-KEF on AA for 2020

I don't expect them to return for 2020 and would be (pleasantly) surprised if they did.

Do the aviation enthusiasts on here remember other routes with such a dramatic history? From zero carriers to three and then (probably) back to zero in such a short span of time?

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by hvusslax
Sat May 25, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 20386

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

Is there still any talk of the former management team starting another airline? If I recall, right after the collapse, they planned to start this summer ( which was doubtful IMO )! Any news on the subject? Everything went silent on those plans pretty soon and Skúli Mogensen has all but disappeared ...

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by hvusslax
Fri May 24, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 20386

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

As is usual in media, the headline of this Bloomberg piece is rather disconnected from the actual story. Yes, the Central Bank is now predicting a small contraction in GDP for 2019 after several years of very fast growth. Yes, that is partially caused by reduction in tourist numbers although the dis...

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by hvusslax
Wed May 15, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 263993

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

KEF numbers for April: April: 474.519 (-27%) YTD: 2.104.785 (-13.6%) As we know, mainly because of WOW’s bankruptcy. This makes KEF drop from Nordic 5th to 7th, with GOT now being 5th and BGO at 6th spot. The breakdown between transiting and O/D traffic is also interesting. Transit pax drop 52% fro...

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by hvusslax
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will AA keep KEF?
Replies: 67
Views: 9212

Re: Will AA keep KEF?

Boof02671 wrote:
Last time I checked Iceland isn’t part of Europe.


What's Europe?

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by hvusslax
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'
Replies: 114
Views: 21306

Re: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'

Noshow wrote:
I hate those boxes where the feet have to be.

I'd prefer to stand upright, just belted.


Agreed. This looks like an intensely uncomfortable position for more than a few minutes. Just standing (with some support) would be preferable.

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by hvusslax
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2019
Replies: 1465
Views: 263993

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2019

KEF numbers for March:

586 873 (-12.9%)

Year to date:

1 630 266 (-8.8%)

WOW's collapse happened on 29 March so the full impact of that will appear with the April numbers.

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by hvusslax
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 447 diverted to KEF
Replies: 5
Views: 3710

Re: LH 447 diverted to KEF

Hi, just wondering if there is any specific reason to divert to KEF? Seeing the flight path, it would look logical to continue to Ireland (SNN, DUB), which is more in the direction and does not look further away than KEF. Or is there more 'space' to accommodate diversions at KEF than at SNN/DUB? Ma...

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by hvusslax
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

http://www.ruv.is/frett/wow-air-20


As an Icelandic consumer who remembers a time before there was a second Icelandic airline I can't help rooting for Skúli in this, although I know it's a longshot. Icelandair is a good airline but they absolutely need competition on the home front.
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kyrone wrote:


As an Icelandic consumer who remembers a time before there was a second Icelandic airline I can't help rooting for Skúli in this, although I know it's a longshot. Icelandair is a good airline but they absolutely need competition on the home front.

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by hvusslax
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should do-deal Brexit happens on 12 April, what should passengers do?
Replies: 18
Views: 2417

Re: Should do-deal Brexit happens on 12 April, what should passengers do?

Schengen ports of entry and exit could see longer waiting times for British nationals as they will no longer be eligible for e-gates or other priority lanes for EU/EEA/CH citizens.

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by hvusslax
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

Read the online. https://www.icelandreview.com/news/government-and-unions-respond-to-wow-air-bankruptcy/ WOW air’s bankruptcy last Thursday has already led to some 1,500 layoffs so far, the largest mass layoff in Icelandic history. The vast majority of those left unemployed, or around 1,100, were e...

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

a350lover wrote:
Did Wow have at any time of their history crews based out of KEF?


The only time I know they had crews based anywhere else than Iceland was during the short lived India route. The FAs on that route were based in DEL.

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182153

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

Virgin Atlantic just posted on their Facebook page they're offering special " Rescue fares" to WW pax stranded by the shutdown. Great move by VS. What they lose in short term revenue will be made up by long term goodwill :) Icelandair and Wizz have also offered such fares. Icelandair has ...

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by hvusslax
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair will not return to CLE, blames MAX8
Replies: 108
Views: 16319

Re: Icelandair will not return to CLE, blames MAX8

Updated list of discontinued routes in KEF in S19 VS S18 - Alicante (Primera Air) - Alicante (WOW) - Amsterdam (WOW) - Baltimore (Icelandair) - Baltimore (WOW) - Barcelona (WOW) - Berlin–Schönefeld (WOW) - Boston (WOW) - Bremen (Germania) - Brussels (WOW) - Cincinnati (WOW) - Cleveland (Icelandair)...

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