Icelandair (Keflavik) will begin seasonal nonstop service from Portland, Oregon to Reykjavik, Iceland via Keflavik International Airport beginning on May 20, 2015 and continuing through October 21, 2015. With this new route, Icelandair now provides flights to its third gateway in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and 14th overall in the United States and Canada.
Icelandair’s 2015 route network is the largest in the airline’s history with flights to more than 20 destinations throughout Europe. As a result of this announcement, the Portland metro area’s 2.3 million residents will gain access to one of the regions fastest elapsed flying times to popular European destinations including London, Copenhagen, Paris, Stockholm and Munich. With low fares in three cabins of service, personal in-flight entertainment, on-board Wi-Fi access, and the exciting option of booking an Icelandair Stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare for up to seven nights, Icelandair is excited to bring this refreshing new alternative to Oregon.
Service from Portland International Airport (PDX) will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays with departures at 3:40 pm (1540), arriving at Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport the following morning at 6:15 am (0615), with a total flight time of just over seven hours. Return service departs Keflavik on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 pm (1715), with same-day arrival in Portland at 6:15 pm (1815).
Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Washington (Dulles), Seattle/Tacoma, Denver, Toronto (Pearson) and Edmonton, with seasonal service from Newark, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sanford (near Orlando), Portland, Vancouver, Halifax, and Anchorage.
The company is also increasing the frequencies next summer on the Newark, Toronto and Washington routes.
In other news, an Air Iceland pilot allowed his passengers to get an up-close view of the simmering Bárðarbunga volcano. Icelandair posted this report and photos on their website:
Icelandair Group passengers Erla Vinsý and Odee were two of a few lucky customers on board a recent flight with our sister company Air Iceland during the morning of September 3, 2014. With the flight path routing over central Iceland, the chance of seeing the volcanic fissure eruption in the Bárðarbunga area quickly turned into a rare opportunity thanks to clear skies, and the Air Iceland pilot didn’t let the moment pass them by. Taking a short detour via a circle back around the eruption area, passengers on both sides of the aircraft were treated to an aerial view of the eruption while flying safely over the center of the action, allowing Erla and Odee to take these unique photographs of Iceland’s nature and power in action. With brightly-colored lava seeping through the earth’s crust and steam billowing from below the surface, the passengers and crew of this Air Iceland flight were provided a memory they won’t soon forget. Tourists in Iceland are now booking all available charter flights for sightseeing into the uninhabited interior of Iceland where the volcano is putting on its show. For amateur and professional photographers and filmmakers alike, this is the chance of a lifetime. We would like to thank Erla and Odee for sharing their photographs with us!
Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-LLX (msn 29311) arrives in Miami with a partial livery.
La Compagnie (formerly Dreamjet) (Paris-CDG) yesterday (July 21) evening launched its business class passenger operations. Flight BO 100 departed at 18:30 from Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Newark with the pictured Boeing 757-256 F-HTAG (msn 29307).
Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com.
Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced scheduled flights to Birmingham, England beginning on February 5, 2015. Birmingham is Icelandair’s fifth destination in Great Britain, and the 25th in Europe.
Flights to Birmingham Airport (BHX) will depart on Mondays and Thursdays from Keflavik International Airport (KEF) at 7:50 am (0750), with arrival in Birmingham at 10:25 am (1025). Return service departs Birmingham at 12:25 pm (1225), with an arrival at Keflavik at 3:10 pm (1510).
Icelandair currently offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Seattle/Tacoma, Denver and Toronto (Pearson), with seasonal service from Newark, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Sanford (near Orlando), Edmonton, Vancouver, Halifax and Anchorage. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland for up to seven days at no additional airfare.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIZ (msn 30052) arrives in Stockholm (Arlanda).
Icelandair (Keflavik) and its pilots represented by the Union of Icelandic Pilots have stalled in their negotiations for a new contract. As a result, the Icelandic Parliament passed a bill that directs the airline and its pilots to reach an agreement by June 1 or the dispute will be placed before an industrial disputes tribunal. The bill also restricts any strikes by the pilots. The pilots were planning to strike yesterday (May 16).
The airline was forced to cancel some of its flights today (May 17) due to a “pilot shortage” and issued this statement:
Icelandair regrets to announce cancellation of following flights due to pilot shortage
May 17, 2014 (local times)
FI:670 DEN – KEF 17:20 MDT
FI:612 JFK – KEF 02:10 EDT
FI:613 KEF – JFK 12:25 EDT
FI:603 KEF – YYZ 17:00 GMT
FI:602 YYZ – KEF 21:05 EDT
We apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your understanding. Please be sure to check information on estimated departure times from our homepage.
Read the full story from Iceland Review: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Pepscl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU (msn 26243) is pictured in an all white fuselage version of the the 1999 livery.
Icelandair (Keflavik) yesterday (May 14) opened a new route to Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR). The airport issued this statement on its special “Viking” arrival ceremony:
The skies opened on May 14 between Vancouver, Reykjavik and more than 20 European destinations as Icelandair inaugurated its new twice-weekly, seasonal service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Vancouver Airport Authority, in partnership with ground-handler Swissport International Ltd., staged a unique welcome for its newest airline partner with a group of YVR ambassadors-turned-Vikings who pulled Icelandair’s Boeing 757 aircraft to its inaugural gate.
“We’ve been working for years to bring Icelandair to YVR and provide passengers with new connectivity between YVR and Reykjavik, and on to popular Scandinavian destinations like Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This service is a great example of how liberalized air-service agreements enhance travel opportunities and create jobs at YVR and in British Columbia.”
Icelandair’s new service will generate approximately $2 million in wages, $1.1 million in taxes and $3.1 million in GDP through employment at YVR and in B.C.’s hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. Its flights – which arrive in Vancouver at 5:50 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays and depart at 3:55 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays – will also give businesses more options to reach customers, suppliers and investors in Europe.
“We call 2014 the year of Canada for Icelandair. As we celebrate our inaugural flight from Vancouver, Icelandair now serves four Canadian gateways with service to more than 20 destinations in Europe. Our goal is to continue to grow and develop our network with added frequency and easier connections for all of Canada,” said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO for Icelandair. “Icelandair offers our passengers a refreshing alternative when travelling to Europe with three cabins of service, leather seats, in-flight entertainment systems and, by the end of this year, Wi-Fi is scheduled to be available fleet-wide. We see a bright future for British Columbia and look forward to welcoming Vancouver onboard.”
The Icelandair schedule for 2014 is the largest in the company‘s history and will increase by 18 per cent from 2013 with new gateways, new destinations and added frequency from several cities in North America and Europe. Additionally, three Boeing 757 aircraft will be added, enlarging the fleet from 18 to 21 aircraft.
Icelandair offers service to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, Denver and Toronto with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, Anchorage, Newark, Vancouver and Edmonton. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Copyright Photos: Vancouver International Airport. A tug decorated like a Viking ship tows an Icelandair Boeing 757-256 (TF-LLX, msn 29311) aircraft to th gate at Vancouver International Airport, during a photo opportunity to mark the airline’s inaugural service between Vancouver and Keflavik (near Reykjavik), Iceland on May 14, 2014.
Privilege Style Lineas Aereas (Madrid) is now using its Boeing 757-256 EC-HDS (msn 26252) to help promote the launch of VW’s Amarok Caddy in Austria.
Privilege Style Lineas Aereas (Madrid) has added new “Banesto Espirito Ganador/Turismo Aragon” titles to its Boeing 757-256 EC-ISY (msn 26241).
RAK Airways Boeing 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) BRU (Karl Cornil) (to resume operations), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) is planning to restart scheduled operations before the end of the year with new Boeing 737-800s.
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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. RAK Airways previously operated Boeing 757-200s. 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) prepares to land at Brussels.
i Fly (Moscow-Vnukovo) is the latest new charter airline in Russia that is planning to add four Boeing 757-200s. The first, ex-KrasAir Boeing 757-256 EI-DUD (msn 26249), has been painted at Miami in this attractive color scheme.
RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) was rumored to be going out of business after Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi said the new flag carrier “was no longer in service”. RAK Airways, which commenced scheduled services on November 29, 2007 with leased Boeing 757-200s, had recently ended scheduled services in late 2008. Today the company continues as a charter airline operating sub-service flights for Hewa Bora Airways. However the new CEO (Kristian Kirchheiner) who joined the team on May 18, is “exploring all opportunities”.
From Arabian Business:
airBaltic (airBaltic.com) (Riga) will start the Riga-Dushanbe (Tajikstan) route on June 1.