Review of Icelandair flight Reykjavík Toronto in Business

Airline Icelandair
Flight FI603
Class Business
Seat 1A
Aircraft Boeing 757-200
Flight time 05:45
Take-off 23 Jan 17, 17:00
Arrival at 23 Jan 17, 17:45
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By SILVER 7581
Published on 24th January 2017
I booked originally a return economy class ticket on Icelandair on the lowest booking class from Reykjavík to Toronto. As I expected I received an e-mail from Icelandair to make a bid to upgrade. My bid of about 190 Euros was accepted so I could travel on the outbound leg on business class - a very good deal.

Icelandair flies to many destinations from Reykjavík to Canada and the US. Most of the flights leave at the same time (between 5 and 6 pm) to connect with inbound flights with Europe. I arrived to my home airport Keflavík at 14.45 for my flight at 17.00. There was almost no line at the business class (Saga Class) so I was checked in in two minutes.

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There was no priority security for premium class passengers and first it seemed there were quite a lot of people but I was actually through in about 12 minutes only. Keflavík Airport is quite nice inside:

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At check-in I received a flyer saying that the lounge was temporarily moved next to gate C23. I was pleasantly surprised to find a spacious lounge full of natural lights and a good view on the apron. Most of the food was salad and other cold food and also desserts, but what I had was actually very tasty. There was also a good internet connection.

After spending more than an hour in the lounge I went through passport control – one minute or so. The boarding area was quite crowded and there was no separate line for business class passengers but when I was asked I was just let to go.

My aircraft for today’s Icalandair flight from Reykjavík to Toronto was a B757-200, TF-FIT named Helgafell. Depending on how you look at it Icelandair has the best business class for intra-European short-haul flights with a 2+2 configuration (unlike most European business classes with normal economy seats with the middle seat blocked) or the worst transatlantic business class with legroom smaller than you would expect (no flat-beds or lie-flat seats on Icelandair). But this was a 5 hours and 35 minutes daytime flight, so it was perfect for me. I also remembered how low price I paid for my flight. The business class cabin has 4 rows so a total of 16 seats. Today’s load was 11/16. As far as I could see I was the only was originating from Reykjavík, all other passengers were connecting from Europe – maybe taking advantage of Icelandair’s free stopover.

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All passengers (including economy) were offered a bottle of water upon boarding. After taking my seat 1C I was offered a headset (noise cancelling, quite good but not perfect), an amenty kit and sparkling wine.

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Push-back was on time. There was still some daylight outside when we took off shortly after 5 pm.

Menu was distributed some time later. You can also pre-book your meal on Icelandair’s website from a much bigger choice.

The entire meal was served at one time on a tray which I didn’t mind. The starter was absolutely fantastic. My main course was Bouillabaisse – normally a fish soup from Marseille in France. Well, it was very different from what would have been served in France – but it was much better! The dessert was also very, very good. The food was absolutely five-star. I was very happy about it.

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Icelandair offers free wi-fi – in theory. But I could only connect towards the end of the flight.

There is also IFE. The screen is as small as it would be on economy class. I found the choice of music reasonably good, but I couldn’t find any movies I was interested in it. There are however some short Icelandair-themed videos, interesting for anyone who like aviation. The photos shows some of he available movies.

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The good thing about flying from Reykjavík to Toronto at this part of the year is that you have a nice sunset for over 5 hours. We overflew the southernmost part of Greenland with some spectacular views.

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Maybe an hour or so after we had some other very nice views, this time over Canada. Can you see the winglet with the Icelandair logo reflecting on my screen?

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We arrived toToronto on time. I was through immigration in two minutes and my luggage arrived after another two minutes.
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Cabin crew8.0

Saga Lounge - Principal/Main


Reykjavík - KEF


Toronto - YYZ



I had a very enjoyable flight on Icelandair from Reykjavik to Toronto. While the seats are certainly not on pair with other transatlantic airlines, I liked the small cabin. The service was friendly, the food was outstanding, I could listen to some good music and I paid only a small fee for upgrade. What else do you need for such a short daytime flight?

Information on the route Reykjavík (KEF) Toronto (YYZ)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 1 airlines on the route Reykjavík (KEF) → Toronto (YYZ).


The airline with the best average rating is Icelandair with 7.2/10.

The average flight time is 5 hours and 51 minutes.

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  • Comment 383205 by
    SKYTEAMCHC GOLD 8354 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report. The upgrade was well worth the price with a confortable seat a nice IFE and a nice meal. I agree with you on a daytime trip he seats are fine.

  • Comment 383288 by
    eminere™ 274 Comments

    Great report.

  • Comment 383398 by
    757Fan 597 Comments

    Great report about your flight with Icelandair! I have often wondered how Saga Class is, and your photos made it look like a nice cabin. The meal looks tasty, but the portions look quite small to me for a Business Class meal. Glad to hear it was good though!

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment 384268 by
    KL651 TEAM 4510 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    At 190EUR it is indeed a really good price.
    However for a regular fare paying passenger I think the service is not sufficient, sure the lunch is of good quality but a snack before landing should be served. Although I understand most of FI's flights are around 6h long and a flat bed is not required, a better seat with a legrest similar to some Y+ ones would be welcome.

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