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Old June 26th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #81
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It should be noted that the Islip airport people are a lot more excited about the potential WOW service than the airline which has only said that Islip is one of the options being considered. Montreal is however confirmed as a WW destination starting in early 2016. There have also been rumors about FI flying to Montreal but those are not yet confirmed.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 02:37 PM   #82
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Despite the US being such a "can do" country there's been a remarkable amount of "can't do" comment on the the web about this report in the Long Island local media. Even the idea of a private contractor providing a coach service into NYC seems to have been beyond the imagination of many commentators.

Anyway, I think WOW to ISP is an intriguing idea which obviously has infrastructure issues, but unlike Norwegian at JFK, it really does follow the classic Ryanair/Southwest model. And actually I think it would make some sense for the Euro budget crowd (and is more honest an appellation than Frankfurt/Hahn or Milan/Bergamo).
Building an immigration/customs facility at an airport is not that simple. For starters you would have to convince congress to appropriate funds to run and maintain such a facility. The only reason why Southwest was able to get their immigration and customs facility built at Hobby Airport in Houston was because Southwest Airlines has agreed to pay for it. Unless WOW Airlines is planning to do the same than it is just wishful pie in the sky thinking at this point.

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Old June 28th, 2015, 02:39 PM   #83
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Anyways speaking of WOW Airlines I will actually be flying out of them today to go to Copenhagen, so I would be interested to see how their service compares with Ryanair or Norwegian.
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Old June 29th, 2015, 01:21 PM   #84
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Anyways speaking of WOW Airlines I will actually be flying out of them today to go to Copenhagen, so I would be interested to see how their service compares with Ryanair or Norwegian.
Do tell what you thought about it. Especially how the connection at KEF was handled since that is a new thing for the airline.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 04:13 PM   #85
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Some Icelandair updates for the summer of '16:
* The KEF-Seattle service has been a big success for FI. Lately they have been doubling up on that route a few times, sending two B757s at once. Next year the frequency will be 11 flights per week instead of the 4 that are scheduled now.
* A Boeing 767 will be used on the KEF-LHE and KEF-JFK routes. FI did operate a 767 for a while when it had a SFO service before the recession but this time it is being done more for capacity reasons than for extra range. These will be the only regular widebody aircraft serving KEF.
* Chicago (ORD) is a new destination starting next spring. I think it is a bit of a stretch to call it a resumed service but FI did fly there from 1973 until 1988.
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Old July 14th, 2015, 04:56 PM   #86
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Air Iceland (NY), a subsidiary of Icelandair Group, has purchased three Bombardier Dash Q400 turboprops that are to be delivered in July and August. Air Iceland already had two Q200 in its fleet. The Q400s will be replacing five Fokker F50 which will mark the end of decades long operation of Fokker planes on domestic routes in Iceland. The new Q400 will at least be used for the domestic routes RKV-AEY and RKV-EGS and potentially also for flights to Greenland, the Faroes or even western Norway. The Q400 has 78 seats vs 50 seats on the F50 and flies higher and faster than the Fokker so it will be interesting to see how it affects the operations of Air Iceland.

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Old July 14th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #87
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Old July 14th, 2015, 09:37 PM   #88
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Do tell what you thought about it. Especially how the connection at KEF was handled since that is a new thing for the airline.
I just got back on Sunday and overall I have had a good experience with WOW Airlines despite the fact that there are less amenities than say Air France or Lufthansa (however since they are a budget airline that is to be expected). Anyways the connection at Keflavik was painless and honestly I would much prefer to have a layover there than other much larger airports such as Paris CDG or Frankfurt. Anyways for Europeans or Americans who are looking for cheap fares across the Atlantic, I would definitely recommend them.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 11:27 AM   #89
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Some Icelandair updates for the summer of '16:
* The KEF-Seattle service has been a big success for FI. Lately they have been doubling up on that route a few times, sending two B757s at once. Next year the frequency will be 11 flights per week instead of the 4 that are scheduled now.
* A Boeing 767 will be used on the KEF-LHE and KEF-JFK routes. FI did operate a 767 for a while when it had a SFO service before the recession but this time it is being done more for capacity reasons than for extra range. These will be the only regular widebody aircraft serving KEF.
* Chicago (ORD) is a new destination starting next spring. I think it is a bit of a stretch to call it a resumed service but FI did fly there from 1973 until 1988.
LHE = Lahore in Pakistan? You sure? I was thinking LHR (London/Heathrow)... be careful next time.

And yes, FI operated a 763 to San Francisco for some time prior to 2009, and it is welcome to head back to the Bay Area again since it will be beneficial to California and Nevada (especially Los Angeles and Las Vegas). It's just that, with the seating config of the 763, will it be just right to fly long-haul to SFO? I mean, KLM flew an A332 between AMS and SFO last Winter...

Plus, if FI wants to upgrade its aircraft from the 752, will it explore getting the A330? Or is it a staunch customer of Boeing that it might look towards the 787?
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Old July 15th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #90
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LHE = Lahore in Pakistan? You sure? I was thinking LHR (London/Heathrow)... be careful next time.

And yes, FI operated a 763 to San Francisco for some time prior to 2009, and it is welcome to head back to the Bay Area again since it will be beneficial to California and Nevada (especially Los Angeles and Las Vegas). It's just that, with the seating config of the 763, will it be just right to fly long-haul to SFO? I mean, KLM flew an A332 between AMS and SFO last Winter...

Plus, if FI wants to upgrade its aircraft from the 752, will it explore getting the A330? Or is it a staunch customer of Boeing that it might look towards the 787?
You doubt the viability of direct Pakistan-Iceland routes?
Yeah it was supposed to be Heathrow. KEF-LHR-KEF-JFK-KEF is the same rotation that the single B753 in the FI fleet has usually been used for.

Icelandair has not hinted at switching to Airbus, they always champion the merits of running a single-type fleet and plan on flying the 757s probably until Boeing has something to offer to fill that role. They have orders for 16 737-MAX and one 787 although it is not considered likely that it will be used in Icelandair's route network.
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Icelandair flight FI568: KEF-ZRH @ZRH, 25.07.2015
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Old August 11th, 2015, 01:39 PM   #92
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Icelandair has received the first of the two Boeing 767-300ER it will be adding to the route network in the spring of 2016. It has the Icelandic registration TF-ISN but it was previously VQ-BVD and used by Nordwind Airlines. It arrived at KEF on 6 August from SNN where it was painted in the Icelandair livery but logos and other markings are not done yet. Pics from alltumflug.is:




Icelandair carried 414,678 passengers in July which is a 17% increase from previous year.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 04:27 PM   #93
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New Icelandair (FI) route announced today. Keflavik (KEF) - Aberdeen (ABZ) starting next spring 4 times per week. The interesting part is the use of Q400 turboprop aircraft that Air Iceland (NY) is acquiring for its route network. Air Iceland is an Icelandair subsidiary and the Aberdeen route will be run be Icelandair. I have not seen the scheduled flight times but they will coincide with the European bank to meet with connections to North America at KEF. It will be interesting to see if Icelandair tries out other possible options within Q400 range. I put the 1500 km range from KEF on a map along with some options like Belfast, Newcastle or Bergen. Icelandair already serves Bergen but I guess frequencies could be upgraded with smaller aircraft.
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Old August 20th, 2015, 02:58 PM   #94
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Several Nordic carriers are expanding their transatlantic operations. SAS (SK) has announced new long-haul routes:
ARN-LAX daily
CPH-MIA 3x weekly
OSL-MIA 4x weekly
Norwegian (DY) recently announced:
BOS-OSL 2x weekly
BOS-CPH 1x weekly
Icelandair (FI) has now confirmed:
KEF-YUL 4x weekly
WOW Air (WW) will surely be adding some North American routes for the next summer but have not announced anything yet. They were also looking into YUL and are also interested in the New York metro area.
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WOW Air (WW) will surely be adding some North American routes for the next summer but have not announced anything yet. They were also looking into YUL and are also interested in the New York metro area.
WW will start both Montreal (YUL) and Toronto (YYZ) in May '16. It will fly A321 planes 4x per week to both cities with similar schedules as the current BOS and BWI routes which facilitate onward connections to Europe. Montreal was already known, WW will start that route one week before FI arrives in YUL. YYZ is more surprising, WW is clearly not afraid of stepping into established FI territory.
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SK adding Boston, Reykjavík, Vienna and Krakow routes from CPH next spring. The CPH-BOS route is on a 737 with a business class heavy layout.
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WOW Air expansion

http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuw...naar-amsterdam (article in Dutch)

This winter WOW Air will fly everyday from Reykyavik to Amsterdam, as is the same with Copenhagen and Paris while in the US Boston and Washington will from October be served daily. Stockholm, Bristol, Edinburgh Barcelona and Frankfurt are new on the European side and New York on the American side. The Amsterdam service sees a severe contrast to previous winter as it then only served twice per week.
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Norwegian goes long-haul from BCN next summer
http://media.norwegian.com/es/#/pres...dot-uu-1549742

Long-haul flights from CDG started this July
http://media.norwegian.com/uk/#/pres...he-u-s-1321341

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