ILoveFigures
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Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:33 am

Icelandair

Boeing 757-256

TF-FIK

Flight date: 1 March 2017

Operating as FI318 from OSL to KEF

This was my second time flying Icelandair and one of their 757-200, a rare plane in European skies these days. Icelandair is the flag-carrier of Iceland, flying a fleet of 30 aircraft, 26 of them 757s. On 1 March 2017, FI318 from OSL to KEF was operated by TF-FIK, an airplane 17 years of age. She is featured with winglets, as have become standard on all Icelandair planes.

The plane was parked at the end of the new pier at OSL, a gate that Icelandair regularly uses now. Boarding was smooth and efficient, and all passports were checked before departure, even though Iceland is part of the Schengen agreement. I like that they check IDs, contrary to what some other airlines do when operating a flight in the Schengen area.

We were welcomed by the Purser at the boarding door. The Icelandair uniform is very beautiful. Black, simple and stylish. As soon as everyone had taken their seat, a welcome announcement was provided from both the Captain and the Purser, both in Icelandic and English. The Purser then informed everyone that some new flight attendants were doing some of their training onboard today's flight. My suspicion was confirmed, as I counted a total of 10 flight attendants, which seemed excessive for a 757-200.

The safety video was played during push-back and start-up. It was hard to pay attention to when I had the rare view of the 757 wing right outside. Taxiing went by quickly, no queues, and we took off northbound. Shortly after rotating, we banked to the left and set course for Iceland. Flight time was roughly 2 hours and 25 minutes. I must admit, I love the feeling of a 757 taking off. It's just such a powerful plane.

Overall, the flight was smooth across the Norwegian Sea. The leg-room was good, and the seat was comfortable. I don't think I would have had any problem flying onboard their 757s on some of their longer routes, like KEF-SFO or KEF-ANC. The IFE was very good featuring lots of content, although head phones were not distributed. I spent most of the time looking at the maps, and enjoying the views as the sky was clear from the Norwegian west-coast all the way to KEF. Inflight services consisted of drinks of free choice. I opted for a 7Up, and my friend bought a box of Pringles for a cheap buck. Only drinks are for free on FI. Food is for purchase. After the drink service, the cabin crew came through the cabin with their duty-free trolley.

After roughly 2 hours in the air we approached the east-coast of Iceland, which brought us some breathtaking views of this island's unusual nature. Views of Highway 1, which is the only highway that connects the entire country could be seen between the mountains in this scarcely populated part of the island. Soon we started our descent, and right after the initial approach to KEF started we flew right over the city of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. It was spectacular to see the entire city, which houses almost 1/2 of Iceland's population. The landing at KEF was relatively smooth, but the runway is somewhat bumpy. Lots of Icelandair and Wowair planes were featured on the tarmac. I was impressed with all the Wowair planes, as this airline was relatively small back in 2015,when I had my first visit to the country. We parked at a remote stand, and had to be bussed to the terminal, which was a delight for me seeing KEF's tarmac from the ground.

Overall, Icelandair is a very nice airline. I would highly recommend them to everyone, and also to take a stop over in this wonderful country. Icelandair offers stop-overs on all flights from Europe to North America free of any extra charge. It truly is a spectacular country, with a unique nature you should not miss out on if you have the chance to go.

Footage with highlights from the flight can be seen in the link below. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf_FyUAIKjg
 
KLDC10
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:42 pm

Nice report and video. I have flown on quite a few occasions transatlantic with Icelandair, and have always found their service to be excellent and convenient. One thing shown in your video which surprised me the first time I flew with them is that the flaps are deployed as the aircraft is taxiing towards the runway. On every other airline I've flown, this is done immediately after pushback - I guess the checklists are in a different order at Icelandair.

Great views of Iceland in winter too - looks spectacular. And I'm glad to see you deplaned via stairs - this is one of the perks of flying into Keflavik; around 50% of the time, you get to view the aircraft from the ground, which is really cool.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:00 am

I very much enjoyed both your written and your video report. I think they use a 767 for their flights to SFO and ANC. I could be wrong though. I highly recommend going to both San Francisco and Anchorage. They are both incredibly beautiful cities in my opinion.
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ILoveFigures
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:41 am

KLDC10 wrote:
Nice report and video. I have flown on quite a few occasions transatlantic with Icelandair, and have always found their service to be excellent and convenient. One thing shown in your video which surprised me the first time I flew with them is that the flaps are deployed as the aircraft is taxiing towards the runway. On every other airline I've flown, this is done immediately after pushback - I guess the checklists are in a different order at Icelandair.

Great views of Iceland in winter too - looks spectacular. And I'm glad to see you deplaned via stairs - this is one of the perks of flying into Keflavik; around 50% of the time, you get to view the aircraft from the ground, which is really cool.

Thanks for sharing.


You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love deplaning via stairs too. It gives a real sense of the plane's size, as well as the possibility to get good footage of the plane. :)
 
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:43 am

jeffrey1970 wrote:
I very much enjoyed both your written and your video report. I think they use a 767 for their flights to SFO and ANC. I could be wrong though. I highly recommend going to both San Francisco and Anchorage. They are both incredibly beautiful cities in my opinion.


Thank you very much. It makes me very happy to hear you enjoyed both reports. I'm not sure what equipment they use on SFO and ANC now, but before they got the 767s, they used the 757 on those routes. I really would like to visit both places, so maybe sometime in the future. :)
 
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:39 am

Thanks for sharing your report with Icelandair. If only they had some sort of mileage-earning agreement with Korean Air, then I wouldn't mind trying them as the overall consensus seems positive. Boarding and deplanement via stairs is really cool and lately, I've had a good amount of the stairs with some amazing background scenes. One of my favorites is deplanment via stairs in Bangkok arriving on a DL 747-400 and that same trip, I boarded a TG 744 in Bangkok via stairs!

Anyway, thank you for taking time to share with us your report on the 757!!!!!!
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ILoveFigures
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:13 am

AirAfreak wrote:
Thanks for sharing your report with Icelandair. If only they had some sort of mileage-earning agreement with Korean Air, then I wouldn't mind trying them as the overall consensus seems positive. Boarding and deplanement via stairs is really cool and lately, I've had a good amount of the stairs with some amazing background scenes. One of my favorites is deplanment via stairs in Bangkok arriving on a DL 747-400 and that same trip, I boarded a TG 744 in Bangkok via stairs!

Anyway, thank you for taking time to share with us your report on the 757!!!!!!


I'm glad you like the report. :)

I completely agree. Deplaning and boarding via stairs is really cool. It gives some great views of the plane.
 
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:31 am

One thing shown in your video which surprised me the first time I flew with them is that the flaps are deployed as the aircraft is taxiing towards the runway. On every other airline I've flown, this is done immediately after pushback - I guess the checklists are in a different order at Icelandair.


This is probably standard practice at Icelandair because of the cold conditions they constantly fly in. At my airline our standard SOP is to deploy the flaps straight after pushback and engine start, but in very cold weather we keep them up until just before departure, normally just after de-icing. I would imagine this is such a regular occurrence in Iceland that it is simpler to make it SOP.
 
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Re: Breathtaking flight with Icelandair

Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:31 am

inaforeignsky wrote:
One thing shown in your video which surprised me the first time I flew with them is that the flaps are deployed as the aircraft is taxiing towards the runway. On every other airline I've flown, this is done immediately after pushback - I guess the checklists are in a different order at Icelandair.


This is probably standard practice at Icelandair because of the cold conditions they constantly fly in. At my airline our standard SOP is to deploy the flaps straight after pushback and engine start, but in very cold weather we keep them up until just before departure, normally just after de-icing. I would imagine this is such a regular occurrence in Iceland that it is simpler to make it SOP.


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