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Icelandair 757s at the airline's hub in Reykjavik (Photo: Ian McMurtry)

Aviation in Iceland: From Rock Bottom to Revolutionized

A few years might seem like a short timeframe for rapid change, but Iceland's aviation companies have gone from struggles for survival to success in just eight years. These companies, much like the people who inhabited the island years ago, must yet again adapt to their new uncharted waters. Iceland’s recession in 2008 was a devastating blow to the nation’s economic opportunities. Transportation took a back seat as the country’s national road was left uncompleted, as were various structures in Reykjavik. Iceland’s three airlines suffered…

Icelandair Announces Belfast City Route Starting June 2017

Reykjavik-based Icelandair has announced plans to operate flights from Reykjavik to Belfast City on a three times per week basis starting in June 2017. The airline will use Air Iceland's Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Air Iceland has codesharing agreements with Icelandair that will offer connectivity…

TRIP REPORT: France Via the “Land of Fire and Ice”…

When it comes to flying between Europe and North America, travelers are offered a wide variety of choices. From low-cost carriers like Norwegian to flag carriers such as KLM and British Airways, the options for flights across the pond can become overwhelming. Living in the Midwest opened up even more…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Loftleiđir

Upon returning from flying lessons in Canada, Icelandic pilot Alfred Eliasson and a few of his fellow training partners decided to start a private airline to compete with the current national carrier, Flugfélag Íslands. Eliasson’s airline, named Loftleiđir, started service between Reykjavik and ĺsafjöđur using a Douglas DC-3 on April…

TRIP REPORT: Icelandair Back to the United States

Flight: FI 647 Route: KEF ✈︎ IAD Flight Time: 10:30am Aircraft: B757-200 Service Class: Economy Over the course of our trip, we had traveled to eight countries and flown on many airlines ranging from low-cost carriers to business class with Etihad. Yet with all of this travel, I couldn't help but have…

Air Iceland Adds the Q400 to Its Fleet

Air Iceland has joined Icelandair Group’s fleet renewal process. Air Iceland has started the renewal with an order for three Bombardier Q400s. The Q400s are expected to replace the carriers current Fokker F50s that have been part of the airline since the early 2000s. The airline has already had a…

Icelandair Announces Latest U.S. Route to Chicago

Icelandair, the quickly growing one-stop carrier based in Reykjavik, has announced its latest expansion to the United States to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The flights will begin service in March of 2016 with four weekly roundtrips between Chicago and Reykjavik, allowing customers not only flights to Iceland, but affordable…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Iceland Express

Iceland Express was a discounted carrier that was based in Keflavik, Iceland with the purpose of giving Icelanders an alternate low-cost carrier besides the nation’s flag carrier Icelandair. Formed by the parent company Northern Travel Holdings in 2002, the airline started flights in February 2003 with flights from Keflavik to…