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Iceland Aviation Market Faces Consolidation as WOW Air Becomes Part of Icelandair Group

One of the fastest-growing markets that the commercial aviation industry has seen flourish in recent years is Iceland. Now, a traditional carrier made a move on its newest competitor, WOW Air and has presented a share purchase agreement to control the budget-long haul operator. As consideration for the shares, the shareholders of WOW air will, subject to conditions, receive a total of 272.341.867 shares or the equivalent of 5.4 percent of Icelandair Group‘s shares after the transaction. Thereof, 178.066.520 shares…

Icelandair Announces Major Changes to Summer 2019 Schedule

Coming off a disappointing summer season where the airline missed their revenue target and saw their CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson step down as a result, Icelandair has announced a shift in its traditional overall route structure, as well as changes to individual markets in both continents, that will appear on its…

Icelandair Officially Unveils Newest Special Livery

The term “flag carrier” received new meaning as Icelandair unveiled its latest special livery, called “flag,” to celebrate an important anniversary for its home country of Iceland this year. The tri-color red, white and blue fuselage of its newest Boeing 757-300, registration TF-ISX, represents the colors of Iceland’s flag and…

The Leisure Liner: How Airlines are Utilizing the Boeing 757-300…

Following the success of the Boeing 757-200, the Boeing 757-300 was originally launched in 1996 as a way to provide a narrowbody alternative to the Boeing 767-200 and McDonnell-Douglas MD-10. The aircraft would have the same wingspan and height as the Boeing 757-200 but a 23.4-foot longer fuselage would allow…

Icelandair Resumes Longest Flight in Route Network

In its continued battle against low-cost carrier WOW air, Icelandic national carrier Icelandair resumed service between Reykjavik and San Francisco on Friday, June 1. It's been ten years since the airline flew to the Northern California city, and with a duration of approximately nine hours, it regains its title as…

Flights from Iceland to New York at All-Time High

With tourism in Iceland growing exponentially in popularity among Americans, so have flights to and from the island nation. Historically, the country’s flag carrier Icelandair has been provided the bulk of the service from Iceland to the United States, as it has the home-field advantage and a singular hub. However,…

Dallas/Fort Worth to Keflavik: Classic Competition and Hometown Pride

In the evening of May 24, a bright purple Airbus A330-300 touched down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The aircraft, registered TF-WOW, is one of two of the type flying for Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air. After taxiing into the Terminal D ramp, pilots tucked the aircraft into a hardstand…

Icelandair Launches First Boeing 737 MAX 8

Icelandair's first Boeing 737 MAX flew its first revenue flight on Friday from the airline’s hub at Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik to Newark's Liberty International Airport. The aircraft embarked on the 6-hour flight from Reykjavik as FI623 for the first time with passengers, marking a new era for the…

Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX 8 Launch Delayed Indefinitely

The launch of Icelandair’s long-awaited Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft has been delayed indefinitely following a series of delays by the airline this past week. The aircraft was supposed to make its debut performance for the airline on April 6 on the daily flight from Reykjavik to Berlin, however, that…

Icelandair Takes Delivery of First 737 MAX 8: TF-ICE

In an exciting day for Boeing, the aircraft manufacturing giant has delivered yet another Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on Wednesday at Boeing Field, this time to Icelandair. A largely-followed delivery among aviation enthusiasts eager to see Icelandair's newest aircraft, this is Icelandair's first of three MAX aircraft that will…