Entries in Boeing 757-200 (2)

Wednesday
Jun012011

Delta inaugurates New York-Iceland non-stop route

Delta Air Lines, the world's largest airline by passengers carried, is now the first United States-based carrier in 40 years to operate regular service between the New York metro area and Iceland non-stop.  Late this evening, at 11:35 EDT, the inaugural flight for this new route is scheduled to depart from Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in the New York borough of Queens.  The flight will be operated with the Boeing 757-200, according to Delta's press release on the subject, and is scheduled to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), at 9:20 in the morning the next day, local time.  The return flight is scheduled to leave Keflavík daily at 10:50 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in New York at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Keflavík International is 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavík.

Delta's senior vice president for New York, Gail Grimmett, mentioned the airline's emphasis on incorporating "unique destinations" and "growing but underserved global markets" into its list of destinations, suggesting that this new route targets both business travelers and leisure travelers.  Grimmett pointed out that Delta is now the only airline in the SkyTeam Alliance to offer a New York-Iceland route.

Delta Air Lines pilot John Magnusson made a blog post on Delta's official website earlier today, about his thoughts and feelings on being the pilot to fly the inaugural round trip.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941, and operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL).  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed last year.  Two other airlines fly non-stop between the New York metro area and Iceland.  Iceland's flag carrier airline Icelandair flies the route from Kennedy International and back, and the budget airline Iceland Express flies the route from Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) in Newark, New Jersey and back.

original stories

Delta Air Lines to Connect New York, Iceland (Delta Air Lines)

Captain's View: JFK Inaugural Flight to Iceland (Delta Air Lines)

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Monday
May162011

Icelandair inaugurates Keflavik-D.C. non-stop route

Tomorrow, Icelandair, the flag carrier airline of Iceland, will commence a four-times weekly seasonal round-trip service between its hub at Keflavik International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF) and Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD) west of Washington, D.C.  The flights are scheduled to depart (in both directions) on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday until September 13, according to results returned by the airline ticket search engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The same source lists the Boeing 757-200 as the aircraft the route will be operated with.

When the route was announced last October, the airline's General Manager over the Americas, Thorsteinn Egilsson, applauded the decision, and recalled that Icelandair "called [the D.C. area] home for 15 years."  An Icelandic visitor to the aviation message boards at www.airliners.net, writing under the handle "northernlights," explains that in the early 1990s, Icelandair inaugurated a route between Keflavik and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI; ICAO: KBWI).  The route was established to serve the civilian travel needs of United States Navy servicemen and their families, as they traveled between their bases in Virginia and Maryland, and their facility at Keflavik International, which was operated by NATO, and officially known to American Naval service personnel as the United States Naval Air Station Keflavik (NASKEF).

In September 2006, the United States Navy stopped using the facility, and ownership of NASKEF was turned over to the Icelandic Defense Agency.  Passengers on the Keflavik-Baltimore round trip route had largely been American Naval servicemen and their families.  Demand for the route decreased considerably upon the closure of NASKEF, and the route was dropped by Icelandair.

Icelandair flies year-round between Keflavik and the North American destinations of New York and Seattle.  It flies seasonally between Keflavik and the North American destinations of Minneapolis, Orlando, Toronto, and Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada).

original stories

Icelandair Announces Flights from Washington, D.C. (Icelandair)

Washington D.C. Gets a Taste of Iceland (Icelandair)