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Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:23 am

How is ICE doing? They are consistantly the cheapest fair across the pond. Currently, are offering BOS-LHR $248 r/t when two people book together. They operate just 12 757 a/c. Anyone flown ICE?


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Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:26 am

Ive flown Icelandair when TAS at manchester did a 3 day excursion to Iceland, I have to say the airline and service was excellent, great Livery too.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:31 am

Aa777jr you crack me up. You say Icelandair are offering BOS-LHR $248 r/t when two people book together and then the first photo you show is one of their cargo a/c.  Big thumbs up

Being serious now I've never actually flown with them but have heard from others who have, that they are pretty good.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:34 am

Well, while I think this thread belongs in Aviation Polls & Preferences, I'll still chime in. I flew FI once on MSP-KEF-CPH-KEF-MSP and enjoyed it immensely, particularly being able to stopover in Reykjavik to check a few of the sights there. Overall, the airline is nothing super to write home about, but at the fares they offer and the flexibility to check out an out-of-this-world country in Iceland, I definitely give it a thumbs up in terms of value.

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:39 am

I have flown them about 5 years ago when they still were flying out of Halifax, NS.

At the time I flew YHZ-KEF-LHR-KEF-YHZ. From LHR i flew on BA to PRG. It was during X-mas time and the whole ticket including the BA part cost be something like $1000.00 Canadian including taxes.

The service was excellent, good food and Icelandic Beer. KEF airport is little bit small and very modern.

If I were you, I would not hesitate and book the ticket, because I'm sure you will have a great flight.

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:21 am

Have you realised that this 3-day stopover is what keeps the Icelandic tourist industry going? In September 2000 I flew JFK-KEF-AMS and at least 80% of the tourist that I saw during my stay in Iceland were also on their 3-day stopover. Absolutely brilliant. I have always wondered why SATA Internacional (Azores) doesn't do the same thing.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:31 am

I have never flown Icelandair, but I know people who have recently (Aug/Sept. 2004). It sounds like their service is being consistently down graded (not surprising given the very low fares sometimes on offer). In addition to phasing out hot meals, I understand that they have started charging for all beverages, even non-alcoholic ones, and that special meals are no only available on flights between KEF and the USA. You can also no longer get pre-assigned seating at bulkhead or exit rows, and the baggae allowance from KEF to mainland Europe is only 20kg.

I'm wondering if these policies will be in place when they begin service to SFO. I can;t imagine the same restrictions on such a long haul flight.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:41 am

If Icelandair intends to fly SFO-KEF nonstop with a 757, then they will have to change some of their service reductions. There are too many carriers flying to Europe ex SFO that operate full service with widebody aircraft nonstop to Europe. Aside from the curiosity seekers going to Iceland, noone is going to take a 757 from the west coast to Europe with a connection in Iceland.

The other issue is that in order for FI to fly SFO-KEF, they will need to modify their aircraft slightly for that length of flight. SFO-KEF is about 6 hours eastbound and about 7 hr westbound. Due to winds, it will either have to keep to the eastern coast of Canada then go north. They will not have the proper ETOPS to operate KEF-SFO direct over Northern Canada, and westbound they would have to go high over Greenland then down across Baffin. Its going to be tough. I don't think they would be able to sustain that kind of operation with that aircraft.
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:52 am

I just recently flew Icelandair on a 10 day trip to Iceland. The service was good on both legs of the flight.

This was my second time flying them, with the first being 20 years ago on a DC-8 from ORD-KEF-LUX. Now you thought that KEF was small today, you should have been there 20 years ago.

Planenutz, you might be mistaking Icelandair with Iceland Express. On Iceland Express you pay for food and drink. They serve between KEF and CPH/STN.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:06 am

How are they operating just 12 planes and making profits? Those ticket prices don't even seem high enough to pay for fuel, much less the pilots.

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:20 am

It is a rather simple idea, the profits are made from us with the roundtrips from KEF. Keeps the prices rock bottom for the transatlantic service.

I think it's a shame that they've started charging for nonalcoholic drinks because that's a feature very many people notice and actually it does the airline's reputation no good.

Baw716: They will be operating a 767-300ER on the KEF-SFO route so the range is not an issue. I can't wait to see a new type in their colors!

(To be exact the KEF-SFO route is more in the vicinity of 9 hrs., KEF-MSP is more than 6 hours and anyway the 757s are already flying KEF-MCO that is close to 8 hours. But all this is no issue since the fleet will be expanded)
 
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:22 am

I too have flown FI numerous times and have nothing bad to say about there aircraft, inflight service,etc.As i am lucky enough to work at BWI i see daily how they operate inside and outside, they really do have a good thing going.The SFO-KEF run will be with a 767.
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:26 am

Last week when I flew Icelandair LHR-KEF-LHR tea coffee and soft drinks were complimentary - they made that announcement both ways during a brief automated TV/audio just after take off. Can't say I can confirm that fact though, because I was in biz-class! LHR-KEF last Thursday was full in J, KEF-LHR on Friday almost empty - go figure!

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:27 am

Flew them a few weeks ago - soft drinks are still free, unless you are on a charter flight. Headphones for IFE are also free. Service is good, legroom OK. I wouldn't hesitate to fly with them again - especially if I get to go to the Blue Lagoon again!
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:31 am

 
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:40 am

I flew with Icelandair last week, on both the 757-200 and the 757-300 and yes, they are pretty good. Aircraft are clean, crew are friendly and the outbound delay wasnt icelandair's fault really so yeah would def fly with them again. you can find my trip report in the trip report forum.

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:52 am

Do all east bound flights from the US connect at KEF or do they make it across the pond to LHR or AMS?

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:59 am

The connection at KEF is an integral part of the route system so all flights connect there. The economy of that is that all flights from the US arrive around 6 in the morning, continue to europe at 8 (Streamlined connections from the US to Europe), arrive back at kef at 3pm and and around 4-5 they head for the US. Makes for a very efficient system allowing very many routes with relatively few flights.

I'm very happy to hear the news that soft drinks are free again. That is a big step in the service.
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:00 am

Great airline, superb crews. You've gotta be good if you're running a hub-and-spoke operation based at 66 degrees North! I recommend the interesting roast Reindeer entree in business class. Reykjavik is a social nirvana and the geology is superb, so Icelandair holds all the cards.
 
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:08 am

Nice airline, lovely aircraft and friendly crews serving a FANTASTIC country. It should almost be a sin to fly through KEF without taking some time to have a look round, even if it's for a dip in the Blue Lagoon or to have a look round Reykjavik. I flew with FI back in April this year LHR-KEF-LHR and the only complaint I had was that we got Chicken Kiev on both flights...other than that, they're great.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:48 am

ohh yeah Iceair is a great airline. Flew them twice MSP-KEF-LHR-KEF-MSP. One day i'll do the 3 day stop over in Iceland. Overall there service was great, a bit cramped being on a 757 for 6 1/2 hours, but can't complain. As for the value for the price, it was excellent. I think I paid 320RT which from MSP is almost a steal. Keep up the great work Iceair.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:11 am

So does anyone know where Icelandair is getting this 767? Since the SFO service will be regional, will they simply be leasing the 76 for the summer? Or will they be getting this aircraft as a permanent addition either new from Boeing or used as part of their expansion? In any regard, I am glad to hear that FI is expanding!
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:32 am

How much of the traffic KEF-SFO is FI calculating will be O&D? Some of it has to be connecting, and as such, I would imagine FI has been talking to UA...anyone have any information on connecting traffic arrangements?
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:01 am

I flew to Iceland in July via Icelandair. I went there through BWI and returned through BOS. I think some confuse great service and value. Some say the service was good, yet don't get specific regarding what IcelandAir does better servicewise then anyone else. I found it quite average. If you got a terrific deal, then you got a great VALUE, (more for your dollar).

I found it almost unbelievable they CHARGED for SOFT DRINKS. Coffee, tea, and water was free of course. Yes, I had heard about this before. But it was different actually experiencing service practice in person. Some people moaned and groaned like the end of the world when they found out CO was charging for alcoholic beverages on international flights. I consider alcohol a luxury. Coca cola is not a luxury.

The flight from BWI to KEF had a hot chicken breast on rice, a roll, and a brownie. Go to airlinemeals.net and see the pictures of this meal. I thought they could have had at least had a tomato slice on a clump of lettuce to call a salad, but there wasn't even that. The meal was gone in three bites.

Most flights back to the U.S. leave late afternoon/early evening. The dinner on the flight from KEF to BOS was a chicken breast served COLD. I don't remember what else. I just found it rather tacky to have a cold meal on an international flight that was at least 5 hours long.

Iceland is a great country. The flights ran on time, but IcelandAir certainly wasn't really anything special.

I did not book at the last minute, but the tickets were not cheap. But as I said, it was summer.......

I think Icelandair will change in a nanosecond if a U.S. carrier decides to serve Iceland, however low the chances are. just my two cents worth.
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:13 am

Oh yes, KEF is a nice little airport. But there is VERY limited seating at the gates from what I saw. Lots of people sitting on the floor or standing. Being on the 757 was fine as well. I had never been on a 757 on a longer flight like that. But living in DEN I never fly coast to coast. The 757 did not make the flight any bit less pleasurable. Some people cite space statistics to prove that being on a widebody is not roomier really. I agree, it wasn't a big deal.

I thought it was cool that all their 757's had names. Reminded me of the old PAN AM had names for their 747's, anyone remember "The Maiden of the Seas?" I flew on the same aircraft both ways, the "Svandis."

 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:53 pm

On their site it lists 1 767 on their database. Is that plane the one making the KEF-SFO flight?

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Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:39 pm

>old PAN AM had names for their 747's, anyone remember "The Maiden of the Seas?" <

Yeah, I think most of us remember that plane  Crying. Perhaps the wrong choice
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:05 pm

I´ve flown with them in January this year FRA-KEF-FRA. The flights, aircraft, crew were ok, nothing special though. On the flight to KEF it was TF-FIN which has the actual livery and on the way back we had TF-FIO which still has/had the old FI-livery. So this was nice to fly on two a/c of the same airline with different liveries. KEF is a very nice airport, very modern. I liked it.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:22 pm

So the real question is, Do They charge for soda still are not?
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Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:46 pm

Their website also states that one of those 12 a/c is a 737-300F. Making their fleet 9 757-200's, 1 757-300, 1 757-200F, and 1 737-300F. Quite a mixed fleet for such a successful airline. Their website is incorrect in that the 737-300F went to Shanghai Airlines as B-2605 (Ex: IcelandAir TF-FIE).

The 767 a/c that will most likely be used on this new route is 767-383ER MSN: 25465. First went to SAS as SE-DKX on 10/25/1991. On 11/12/2003 the a/c went back to it's lassoer but then again on 1/19/1994 went back to SAS as LN-RCL. Then on 12/22/2003 the a/c left SAS and went to Sunrock (the a/c lessor if I'm correct) and then onto IcelandAir as TF-FIB, the next day that it was under Icelandair(12/23/2003) it went to AV8Air as TF-FIB. On 5/2/2004 the a/c left AV8Air and went back to Icelandair still as TF-FIB under a livery unlike the rest of their feet, weather the a/c is again leased out is another question..


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Their route map is already showing that SFO-KEF flight. And you can choose it from their flight menu. Looked at their time tables and it appears to me that SFO-KEF will start Friday, May 13, 2005 with a once a week flight on Wednesdays only. The flight will be FI 670 with a departure time of 11:30PM (That's a bit of a bitch!) and an arrival time in KEF 2:40PM the following day with a total flight time of 8:10.

The following week, Friday, May 20, 2005-Friday, May 27, 2005 FI 670 with the same times will operate both on Wednesday and Saturday. The following week, Friday, May 27, 2005-Friday June 3, 2003 FI will operate the same times 3 times a week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Again the next week FI 670 will operate the same times Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Starting the week of Friday, August 26, 2004-Friday, September 2, 2005 FI 670 will go to only 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. And again the next week FI 670 will go SFO-KEF only 2 times a week, Wednesday and Saturday. Then the week of Friday, October 14, 2005-Friday 21, 2005 FI 670 will go to one time a day that day being Saturday. The last listed week, October 14-October 21 that is the last week that that route is listed on their time table.

For KEF-SFO the first flight is again for Saturday, May 14, 2005 Departing KEF at 4:45PM and arriving SFO at 6:30PM with a total flight time of 8:45. Flying 2 times a week though not flying the Saturday, May 14, 2005 though the following week the flight, FI 671 will continue with it's 2 weekly flights. The next week, May 28, 2005-June 4, 2005 FI 671 will fly 3 times a week Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday with the same departure and arrival times. THEN the next week, June 4, 2005-June 11, 2005 FI 671 will run 4 times a weeks, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday with same flight times.

Starting August 27, 2005-September 3, 2005 FI 671 will run 3 times a day, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday with all the same times. The next week FI 671 will run 2 times a week, Wednesday and Saturday. Then a few weeks later on Octover 15, 2005 FI 671 will run once a week on Saturday but for some reason or another FI 671 will not run on Saturday October 22, 2005. This, just like FI 670 is the last flight of this route.

SFO-KEF-SFO will be run on a 767. My question is, when will the a/c be painted, is this the 767 that will be used for the route(TF-FIB)? And with the sudden increasing of flights by the week for this route will IcelandAir be able to handle issues? The days that are apart will allow for time to catch up but what happens if there's equipment issues and the 767 running the route can't be used? Will they have a few more 767's or will they have to charter airlines like North American to run the route or at least get them to BOS where they can hitch a ride up to KEF on the BOS-KEF route.

Hope this info helps!

As for the drinks....... Can't find it!  Big thumbs up

Thanks again for a great topic! And Congrats for my boys/gals down at SFO for a new airline! I'm going to guess that this airline will in the G area meaning that I'll get to see her on BART and if I run to HKG on SQ which I do about a 2-3 times a year I'll get to see her off!

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:49 pm

I wanna book a flight on FI now just to see what it's all about!  Smile

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:36 pm

Hey!

I flew with FI from ARN to KEF and back in 1995 on a 734. I was in the ninth grade and everybody in my class got a FREE trip to Iceland for a week. The food onboard was totally crap that time, but I sat next to a really cute girl who also was 15 then on the return trip, so I can't complain!  Wink/being sarcastic She was flying from BWI to ARN with FI since they offered the cheapest fair.

Iceland is a really special place!
Hope the food is better nowadays.


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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:14 pm

The drinks are free again. Confirmed (I already said it earlier in this thead).

The food is average. Hopefully it got better again when they stopped charging for drinks. Who knows...

TF-FIB will probably not be used as it is being leased around for quite some time. Speculation is that this will be another ex-SAS 767-300ER (might become TF-FIC).
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:51 pm

I know their 763 is doing some runs for Belgian touroperator on routes to Dominican Republic. I brought a friend of mine to BRU airport last month and he flew on a charter with FI flight number.... And it was TF-FIB...

I flew with Icelandair AMS-KEF-AMS last year. Nothing special, but better than most American carriers. I would fly them again if enroute to the US, just for the stopover in the Blue Lagoon.... Mmmm

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Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:22 am

>So the real question is, Do They charge for soda still are not?

The answer is no  Smile
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Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:40 am

I bet it's a pain in the neck for the FA's working on a narrowbody for hours and hours... Big grin
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Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:54 am

I flew FI two years ago LHR-KEF-LHR and can confirm the above comments, the service is good but nothing to write hope about. Soft drinks were free then at least. What most impressed me besides Iceland, an awesome country in all senses of the word, was KEF. A really modern and comfortable airport. In terms of land area KEF is hardly "little" - two 3000 metre runways at 90 degrees to each other. However the terminal is fairly small, although it feels spacious.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:12 am

To add to the discussion in KEF I might add that the terminal has got larger in recent years to accomodate for the ever groeing traffic to and from Iceland and the old parts of it are being renovated, more seats are being added to the terminal etc. So check it out!
 
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Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:06 am

It certainly is a nice terminal - very well designed, spacious, modern, makes use of natural light etc. One of the best I have been to!
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:51 am

Not only are there new routes on the horizon, but it is rumoured that FI may increase its' holding in EasyJet considerably. Currently, FI holds some 10 percent in EasyJet. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4034341.stm for more.
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:58 am

Hi! Been flying with them two times from osl-kef-msp-kef-osl.
Nice service and KEF is a nice little airport.
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Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:13 am

Did a little bit of research this morning to see what a/c would be aviable to them if they needed some seeing how they plan to open this route, SFO-KEF-SFO, with-in less than a year. The only a/c that would fit their feet would be again the 767-300ER. The 757's range wouldn't work too well for the route and I think it would be easer for the airline to have a widebody a/c for this 8:10-8:45 flight.

I was looking for a/c that were either identical or relating to the sole 767 they currently have. The only one SO FAR is another ex-SAS 767. Made around the same time and only with SAS time. First delivered to SAS as SE-DKR and then left a few months later to then come back 10/16/1990. The a/c has sense flown with SAS until it was stored on 1/31/2003 ending its life with SAS. Would it make sense for IcelandAir to jump on this a/c b/c of this new route or does it not make any sense for them to do so b/c they are only operating this route for a few months. And if this is the case can they wet lease an a/c from another airline?

Hope to see them pick up a few more a/c to grow even larger and fix a few things that were stated above such as food and drinks...

Thanks again for any responses!

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:26 am

Icelandair should get 7E7!  Smile

I do hope their long-haul flights stay successful, so they can acquire and own a few more widebodies, because Iceland needs a bigger airline. What other airlines operate from Iceland? Does Air Atlanta count? I know their more ore less a leasing company, and does SAS have a hub there?

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Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:33 am

I would say the same but do they have enough $$ in the bank and will routes permit for this use of a/c?

Thanks again Adam!

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:58 am

I was transported to Keflavik aboard a Hawaiian Air DC-8-62 in Nov 1988, Nov 1989 and American Trans Air 757 (N750AT) in Sep 94 and (N757AT) in Sep 95.

I remember seeing Icelandair crews using a Britiannia 757 for training in 1989 when the DC-8s were being phased out for the 757s and 737s.
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:47 am

Please pardon my ignorance, but what is the relation between Icelandair and Loftleidir Icelandic? Are they the same, or not at all? The reason why I ask is that here in Lisbon whenever I arrive back at LIS, while taxiing back to the terminal, there is always a Loftleidir B767 standing there (between the large variety of L-1011's), seemingly not doing anything at all. If Icelandair is keen on using a 767, maybe that's the one?


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Edit: it is the above-mentioned TF-FIB. So what is it doing standing around in LIS?!

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:42 pm

FI only operates 1 767 on the SFO-KEF-SFO run, so I don't know.

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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:35 pm

This is fact:
TF-FIA and TF-FIB are currently with Loftleidir Icelandic which is a sister company of Icelandair (Sharing the same IATA code for example). They are being leased out to various operators, currently one with TUI in Belgium (that's TF-FIB) and one has been with Israir (TF-FIA). It's probably been a coincidence that TF-FIB has been staying in LIS all the time as it can be confirmed that it goes quite a lot around.

Another ex-SAS 767-300ER will be used for the KEF-SFO-KEF. It's not confirmed if they will keep it in their fleet or only using it for the summer, the aircraft will probably not be wet-leased at least.
 
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:46 pm

I flew them in Oct from Boston to Arlanda...round trip was $600+-...only $30 more than 2 yrs ago when I did last trip...they had charged for soda/juice during summer 2004 and stopped in Sept due to complaints, the cust rep said...food was ok...not as good as 2 yrs ago though...but for price, it was acceptable...I brought my own sandwiches for additional food!

The one thing that irritated me was that they moved the extra space from row 7 (bulkhead) to row 8, which has NO window! So to get legroom I needed, I had to miss the window...
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RE: Wow IcelandAir!

Thu Nov 25, 2004 12:30 am

I flew in October DEN-BWI-KEF-BOS-DEN. I stayed 11 days and the fare was 1100 U.S.$ roundtrip. I bought the tickets well in advance and did lots of fare shopping. Actually 6 weeks out, the fare jumped to $1,300.

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