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Icelandair to drop the Birmingham route in January

Icelandair Boeing 757-223 WL TF-ISF (msn 24595) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 922898.

Icelandair is planning to drop the twice-weekly Keflavik – Birmingham (BHX) route on January 18, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Icelandair is making adjustments to its network. The aircraft freed up will allow the carrier to add more potentially lucrative routes. Previously on November 3, 2017, Icelandair launched year-round service from Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL), with flight FI529 departing at 1:05pm local time.

Icelandair offers service to and from Iceland through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport serving 20 destinations in North America and more than 25 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K., and Continental Europe.

Copyright Photo: Icelandair Boeing 757-223 WL TF-ISF (msn 24595) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 922898.

 

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Icelandair launches year-round service from Berlin Tegel

Icelandair's "Northern Lights" special logo jet

Icelandair on November 3, 2017 launched year-round service from Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL), with flight # FI529 departing at 1:05pm. Icelandair CEO, Birkir Hólm Guðnason and Berlin Tegel COO, Elmar Kleinert, were at the gate to welcome the boarding passengers and help celebrate the new route. Icelandair‘s new service will operate three flights a week (Mondays, Fridays and Sundays) between Reykjavik and Berlin with connections to and from 20 destinations in  North America.

“Berlin is our 4th gateway in Germany, and establishes our commitment to strengthen our transatlantic route network by providing passengers with more convenient connections between Europe and North America. Berlin, the capital city of Germany, has a rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant nightlife, which we look forward to sharing with our passengers,” said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair.

Icelandair, in operation since 1937, has a long, illustrious history of bridging North America and mainland Europe through Iceland. The airline has helped boost tourism to its home country in record numbers and in bolstering Iceland as one of Europe’s hottest destinations.

Copyright Photo: Icelandair Boeing 757-256 WL TF-FIU (msn 26243) (Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 925480.

 

 

Icelandair becomes the first European airline to operate a Boeing 757-200 with Scimitar Blended Winglets

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced on February 15, 2017 that Icelandair is the first airline in Europe to install and operate with Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW) on its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Aviation Partners’ latest Winglet design, the Scimitar Blended Winglet, uses existing Blended Winglet technology but adds new aerodynamic Scimitar tips and a small outboard aerodynamic trailing edge wedge, further increasing the efficiency of the airplane.

A Retrofit enhancement to their current 757-200 Blended Winglets, Icelandair expects increased savings to block fuel, reduced engine maintenance, improved takeoff performance, and lower emissions, among other benefits.

The Scimitar Blended Winglet replaces the standard aluminum Blended Winglet tip with an aerodynamically optimized, scimitar-shaped tip cap. This helps provide the additional drag benefit over the standard Blended Winglet configuration.

The Scimitar Blended Winglet modification reduces Boeing 757-200 fuel burn by up to an additional 1.1% over the Blended Winglets alone; together they can reduce fuel burn by more than 6%.

 

Icelandair is currently working on their 4th Scimitar Blended Winglet modification and plan to have a total of 17 units in service before the 2017 summer season.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

Photo: APB.

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Alaska Airlines and Icelandair enter into a codeshare agreement

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and Icelandair (Keflavik) have entered into a codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership, which will give customers easier connections and more ways to earn benefits when flying between the U.S. and Europe.

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With the new codeshare agreement, to take effect November 1 pending government approval, customers flying on Alaska Airlines and Icelandair will enjoy seamless reservations and ticketing, one-stop check-in, baggage checked to its final destination, coordinated flight schedules, the ability to earn miles and/or points on the reciprocal airline and consistent passenger service standards.

Elite-level members of each airline’s frequent flier program also will receive reciprocal club lounge benefits.

Icelandair operates flights from 16 cities in North America to Iceland with connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London and Paris. Travelers can also enjoy an Icelandair stop-over to visit the city of Reykjavik and tour surrounding areas for up to seven nights at no additional airfare charge.

As an added benefit, starting October 1 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold and Gold 75K members will receive complimentary access to Icelandair’s Saga Lounge at Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik and Icelandair Saga Gold and Silver members will enjoy complimentary access to Alaska Board Room lounges in Seattle, Portland, Anchorage and Los Angeles.

Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan can begin earning miles on Icelandair starting October 1, and through December 15, 2015 the airline is offering double miles.* Miles flown will count toward elite status in Alaska’s Mileage Plan. Members of Icelandair’s Saga Club can begin earning Saga Points for flights on Alaska starting October 1. Redemption for award travel will start later this year.

Icelandair has a long history of providing flights from the United States to Europe. The airline offers onboard Wi-Fi access, personal inflight entertainment, three cabins of service and two free checked bags for customers. Icelandair Saga Club, Icelandair´s frequent flier program, offers members multiple options to redeem their Saga Points, whether it is a flight with Icelandair, onboard refreshments and duty free items, hotel accommodations around the world or gift certificates at various retailers in U.S. and Canada. The most frequent fliers with Saga Gold and Silver status enjoy excellent benefits, such as upgrades, lounge access and extra baggage allowance.

Over the last few years Alaska has grown its codeshare and frequent flier partnerships with the world’s best airlines to provide customers with convenient service to most every point on the globe. In July, Alaska added China-based carrier Hainan Airlines as a Mileage Plan partner. Mileage Plan was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs, Two Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIP (msn 30423) of Icelandair touches down in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Icelandair is coming to Montreal

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced it will continue its expansion of their global network with new seasonal service from Montreal beginning May 19, 2016 . Flights from Pierre Trudeau International Airport will mark the arrival of the airline’s first gateway in the province of Quebec and the 16th destination in North America.

The airline will offer four flights a week through November 8, 2016 with departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The five-hour, nonstop flight to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport also provides connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe , including Paris, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Following the commencement of Halifax in 1998, new gateways were launched including Toronto in 2008, Edmonton and Vancouver in 2014, and with this announcement, Montreal beginning in 2016.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIT (msn 26244) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Icelandair increases the number of weekly flights to Seattle-Tacoma

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced further expansion from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 11 weekly flights starting on May 5, 2016, including the city’s only morning flights to Europe.

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In response to the growing demand from the Pacific Northwest, Icelandair is adding four weekly flights from Seattle/Tacoma to complement their current daily service, including the only two international morning flights from SeaTac. With departures at 9:15 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, passengers will now have more options to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Scandinavia, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Gothenburg. These additional flights also give passengers more connections from Anchorage, Billings, Boise, Eugene, Fairbanks, Spokane, Portland, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on Alaska Airlines, when traveling through their Seattle/Tacoma hub.

Icelandair launched SEA service in 2009.

 

Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Edmonton, New York (JFK), Newark, Seattle/Tacoma, Toronto (Pearson), and Washington (Dulles); and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Iberia Boeing 757-256 TF-FIR (msn 26242) prepares to land at Toronto (Pearson).

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Icelandair to start using the Boeing 767-300 again in April, 2016

Icelandair (Keflavik) will again operate the Boeing 767-300 starting on April 15, 2016. Seating 262, the wide body type will reenter service on two routes from Keflavik, to London (Heathrow) and New York (JFK) according to Airline Route. Icelander will operate a pair.

The company operated the type from 2003 through 2011 mainly on charters and sub-service work.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-383 ER TF-FIB (msn 25365) is pictured at London (Heathrow) in the past.

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