Category Archives: Iceland Express

Wow Air acquires rival Iceland Express

Wow Air (stylized as WOW air) (Keflavik) yesterday (October 24) took control of all Iceland Express (Keflavik) flight operations and schedules. No disruption is expected for passengers booked on Iceland Express flights and Wow Air will ensure that all obligations to them are fulfilled.

The move is not a merger, it is a takeover, with Wow Air acquiring the Iceland Express route network, branding and customer base; as well as gaining access to all knowledge and expertise acquired by the company in its years of operation. The united company will fly under the “WOW air” brand, which will continue to emphasise entertaining service, extra legroom, and always providing the lowest available prices to and from Iceland. This acquisition creates a very powerful Icelandic low-fares airline with new destinations and greater frequency.

Wow Air will immediately begin offering more flights to Iceland from London and Copenhagen, as well as flights this winter from Berlin. Routes will also operate between Iceland and Salzburg over the skiing season and Warsaw and Kaunas over Christmas.

From next spring Wow Air will operate four Airbus A320s and will offer up to 400,000 tickets to and from Iceland. The company”s summer timetable will include 15 European destinations: London, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Zurich, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Lyon, Alicante, Frankfurt, Vilnius and Warsaw. In addition to the higher number of destinations, the frequency of flights to many of them will also increase significantly.

Wow Air was established in November 2011 by Icelandic serial entrepreneur Skuli Mogensen. Skuli has had a successful career building companies primarily in the telecom and technology sector in Iceland, Europe and North America. He was voted businessman of the year 2011 in Iceland.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Avion Express is operating two Airbus A320s for Wow Air in their colors. A320-231 LY-COS (msn 415) “WOW Force Two” taxies at Zurich.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Holidays/Czech Airlines is the latest and final operator for Iceland Express. Holidays’ Airbus A320-214 OK-LEE (msn 2719) taxies at Bologna in Holidays colors with Iceland Express titles. Previously Astraeus Airlines and Hello operated aircraft for Iceland Express. Neither Icelandic “airlines” had an AOC.

Iceland Express to fly to east Iceland this summer

Iceland Express (Keflavik) will operate from Copenhagen to Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland for three weeks in August.

With the demise of Astraeus Airlines on November 21, 2011, Astraeus, Iceland Express began wet leasing two Airbus A320s from CSA Holidays, a Czech Airlines subsidiary.

Copyright Photo: Nik French.

Iceland Express to drop service to eight destinations

Iceland Express (Reykjavik) will not be operating next summer to the following markets from Keflavik according to Airline Route: Aalborg, Edinburgh, Friedrichshafen, Newark, Oslo, Stockholm (Arlanda), Winnipeg and Zurich.

This means the flights to the USA and Canada will be terminated.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Holidays-Czech Airlines is operating its two Airbus A320s for Iceland Express after the demise of Astraeus Airlines. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Iceland Express drops the New York route

Iceland Express (Reykjavik) has dropped the Keflavik-New York route. With the demise of Astraeus Airlines on November 21, Holidays-Czech Airlines started operating its two Airbus A320s for Iceland Express on the following day. The A320s would need to make a fuel stop going to New York.

Meanwhile Iceland Express is moving ahead to acquire its own AOC and will operate its own aircraft by April 1, 2012 according to a report by Iceland Review.

Iceland is becoming a demand destination and new flights are being added. Norwegian Air Shuttle is planning an Oslo-Keflavik route (three times a week) starting in June 2012 according to Iceland Review.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The two Holidays aircraft do not display any “Iceland Express” markings or logo.


Holidays Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Iceland Express is forced to switch to Holidays

Iceland Express (Reykjavik) has switched to Holidays (CSA (Holidays) and their Airbus A320s to maintain its schedules due to the demise of Astraeus.

Iceland Express Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Iceland Volcano – Part 2

Icelandair (Keflavik) Iceland Express (Keflavik) along with other airlines serving Iceland were disrupted today due to the latest volcano eruption on the island. This time the Grimsvotn volcano erupted closing Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which serves Reykjavik, the capital. KEF will be closed until at least some time tomorrow.

The volcano erupted yesterday at 1925 UTC. The eruption began a with 12 km/7.5 miles-high plumes accompanied by multiple earthquakes. The ash cloud from the eruption rose to 20km/12 miles, and is so far 10 times larger than the 2004 eruption, and the strongest in Grímsvötn for 100 years.

This eruption follows the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano last year which disrupted travel in Europe.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Iceland Express to fly to Boston and Chicago this summer

Iceland Express (Keflavik) is adding new service to Boston (four times a week) and Chicago (O’Hare) (weekly) from June 1 through August 31. The aircraft type is unspecified.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on photo for additional details.

Iceland Express to add Boston and Chicago in 2011

Iceland Express (Keflavik) is planning to add Boston and Chicago (O’Hare) for the summer season 2011.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Astraeus’ Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) departs Southend after maintenance.

Iceland Express is coming to Orlando

Iceland Express (Keflavik) starts weekly flying to Florida from Reykjavík (Keflavik) starting on October 2 when it adds Orlando. However the seasonal run will only last for the month with the last scheduled flight due to be on October 23. The flights will be operated by Astraeus Airlines.

The Newark flights have been extended by an extra two months, until the end of October.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Astraeus’ Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) departs from Southend after some maintenance work.

Astraeus is now operating Boeing 737-33A G-STRJ for Iceland Express

Astraeus Airlines (London-Gatwick) is now operating its Boeing 737-33A G-STRJ (msn 25119) for Iceland Express (Keflavik). The airliner still wears the Seagle Air color scheme but now with Iceland Express titltes.

Copyright Photo: Maarten Visser.