: Air Iceland Connect Q200 & Q400 Y
Background: My last trip prior to the COVID-19 travel restrictions was to Iceland, an awesome trip to a beautiful country. To get to Iceland, I had flown Icelandair
, a great airline. Part of my trip to Iceland took me outside the capitol area of Reykjavik. I was able to fly round-trip to Akureyri on the domestic airline, Air Iceland Connect. Air Iceland Connect is a prop plane operator, with a fleet of five aircraft: three Q200 and two Q400. I was able to schedule one flight on each type. It was exciting to fly domestically within Iceland, a very convenient way to get across the country...and the most fun way, as well.
Please enjoy the following reports on my domestic flights within Iceland, and I look forward to your comments.
Air Iceland Connect NY112
Departure: 07:10 (actual 07:17)
Arrival: 07:55 (actual 07:56)
Actual Block Time: 0h39
Actual Flight Time: 0h33
I took a taxi from my hotel in downtown Reykjavik to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport - Air Iceland Connect Terminal, a trip which took only five minutes, arriving 05:45. It turned out that the terminal didn't open until 06:00. Two other passengers were already waiting outside.
Employees arrived to open the terminal just prior to 06:00. I went inside to be checked in, got my bag checked and got assigned window seat 14F. I was sequence number 30. The gate was to be announced later. Check-in was to close at 06:50, and the departure time was 07:10. I had a seat in a comfortable chair in the check-in hall. There were two check-in desks and a service desk, but at this early hour, only one was open. Hanging from the ceiling was a Flugfélag Islands
DC-3 model with registration TF-ISF, and there were various FI DC-3 historic photos on the walls. FI - where the Icelandair code comes from.
Reykjavik Domestic Airport Terminal:
This morning's departures:
It was a very interesting and pleasant experience so far. It's so nice to fly out of such small airports. Really a no-stress experience. I was very excited to fly domestic Iceland on Air Iceland Connect, and this morning's flight would be my first on the Q400. Other passengers were arriving slowly, and very few of them were checking luggage. Most arrived after 06:40, but I guess some were there for a later flight.
Boarding was called at 07:00. My boarding pass was scanned, and my ID was checked, and I was out the only gate into the dark rainy morning to my waiting Q400. Notably, there had been no security. Air Iceland Connect's online booking engine had displayed the operating aircraft's registration number as TF-FXA, and indeed that was my waiting aircraft. One of two Q400 in the fleet, TF-FXA had begun life in 2000 operating for SAS as LN-RDG. Beginning in 2008, she flew for Flybe as G-ECOY. Then in 2013 she flew for Air Niugini as P2-PXP. Finally she joined Air Iceland Connect in 2015.
TF-FXA during boarding:
I boarded through the front boarding door, admiring the prop. Two flight attendants were waiting onboard, one in the front, and one in the back. I headed back to my seat, 14F, just under the back of the wing. Nice gray leather seats gave a good first impression, looking clean and new. I found minimal but adequate legroom, but the curvature of the fuselage restricted footroom. But honestly it was comfortable enough. I found a travel journal in the seatback pocket to share travel stories with future travelers.
Boarding completed within ten minutes and I ended up with no seatmate. The plane was not full, I'd estimate it was only 2/3 full. The flight attendant welcome message in Icelandic, followed by English, advised a flight time of 40 minutes, and introduced the pilots. The safety demo was performed to recorded narration in Icelandic, then English narration was played separately. I really liked listening to so much Icelandic. Cabin lights were switched off, making it very dark in the cabin, with no one using the overhead lights, and no outside light coming in, either.
We pulled off stand at 07:17. It was a quick taxi to runway 13, and our takeoff roll began at 07:20. I enjoyed pretty good pushback into the seat, and a short roll. It was not actually overly loud. We climbed over Reykjavik into the clouds. It really was not loud, which I found very surprising.
Climbing over downtown Reykjavik:
In only five minutes the flight attendants were released and the seatbelt sign was switched off. A recorded announcement about service was played; it said that coffee, tea, and water will be served. It was surprising to have an in-flight service on a short hop like this.
I went for a hot tea, which was served very hot along with a surprise small chocolate - very nice. About halfway through the flight, the captain announced the weather for our destination, 3 degrees with southerly winds. Then seatbelt sign was already back on, and the flight attendants were back to collect service items. I could already feel the descent beginning. A bit bumpy, but not too bad.
Inflight service & inflight magazine:
Air Iceland Connect route map:
The landing gear came down right outside my window, and then landing came at 07:53. The cabin lights came back on during our taxi to the Akureyri terminal. We parked on-stand at 07:56. I went down the aircraft's stairs into an even smaller terminal than Reykjavik, with only one small bag claim, which started up almost right away.
On-stand in AEY:
Air Iceland Connect was very nice, and it was super convenient to fly within Iceland. The local airports were great, small and very conveniently located. My first flight with the Q400 had shown it to be very nice, modern and quiet, and it had provided a nice ride. I included some photos from my time in North Iceland at the end of the report, but next up is my return flight AEY-RKV on the Q200.