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Icelandair optimizes 2019 schedule with additional bank of flights

Icelandair Boeing 757-3E7 WL TF-ISX (msn 30179) (100 Years Icelandic Independence) FRA (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 943442.

Icelandair has announced a second bank of flights, expanding their current network and creating more options for passengers traveling to and from North America and Europe.

The new bank of flights will be in addition to the current Icelandair flight schedule and begin in May 2019. Although the second connection bank will be smaller, additional flights will operate to major cities in Europe, including, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, and Zurich. North America will see the second bank option in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC.

The new bank will also create opportunities to enter new markets, improve passenger service and increase flexibility in the network. With limited availability to add flights or increase passenger numbers at Keflavik Airport during peak hours, in the morning and afternoon, the second bank will depart when ample space at departure gates and ramps are available. Combining flight banks will also allow for connections requiring longer travel times and provide passengers more options to and from their final destination.

The new bank of fights from North America will arrive in Iceland at approximately 09:30 am with connections to Europe departing around 10:30 am.  Flights returning from Europe land in Keflavik around 6:30 pm with departures to North America at approximately 8:00 pm.

The additional flights are linked to the ongoing renewal of Icelandair’s fleet, as the company will be adding six new Boeing MAX aircraft early next year, in addition to the three that arrived this year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Icelandair): Icelandair Boeing 757-3E7 WL TF-ISX (msn 30179) (100 Years Icelandic Independence) FRA (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 943442.

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Icelandair flies their national flag in the skies with a new Boeing 757-300

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Icelandair has added some national pride to the skies with the launch of its latest special livery, marking 100 years of Icelandic independence and sovereignty. Proud of its rich Icelandic heritage, the airline has transformed one of its new Boeing 757-300s into a flying piece of artwork, bearing the Iceland national flag, bringing passengers closer to the nation’s history before they even step off the plane.

The pictured Boeing 757-3E7 TF-ISX (msn 30179) formerly flew with Arkia as 4X-BAW.

The unveiling of their “flag” livery highlights another special moment in Iceland’s story by sending off passionate Icelandic soccer fans to support the nation as they make sporting history this summer.

The country is the smallest nation ever to qualify for soccer’s biggest stage and the airline is offering a special service this summer from Iceland to Russia for supporters. Members of legendary fan group “Tolfan” led soccer fans in the iconic ‘Huh’ thunderclap ahead of boarding the milestone livery for the celebratory flight (below).

All of Icelandair’s planes are named after Icelandic volcanoes and locations of natural beauty. “Thingvellir,” is named after Iceland’s breath-taking national park and home of Iceland’s first Parliament. It becomes the third in Icelandair’s family of special liveries, joining “Hekla Aurora” and “Vatnaokull” which were introduced in 2015 and 2017 respectively and inspired by the northern lights and Europe’s second largest glacier.

The new “flag” plane livery also features wonderful touches inside the aircraft to continue the soccer magic, including the illusion of a grass soccer field on the floor. In addition, headrest covers and on-board coffee cups also showcase the flag colors along with quirky references to Icelandic football.

As long-standing sponsors of the national soccer teams, Icelandair celebrated their success earlier this summer with the launch of Team Iceland Stopover, a series of 90-minute, football-inspired experiences co-created by the players and airline, free for all passengers to enjoy.

Photos: Icelandair.

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