Review of Icelandair flight London Reykjavík in Economy

Airline Icelandair
Flight FI 455
Class Economy
Seat 30F
Aircraft Boeing 757-200
Flight time 02:30
Take-off 06 Aug 19, 21:04
Arrival at 06 Aug 19, 22:34
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TerryYong
By GOLD 1020
Published on 30th August 2019
Onwards to the 'main course' of the trip, which is Iceland! Headed back to Heathrow Terminal 2 for the evening flight up to Reykjavik. Terminal 2 is the dedicated Star Alliance terminal, with a few other non-alliance airlines using the terminal as well. Luckily, Icelandair is not affiliated with Star Alliance, as the Economy check-in queues for the common Star Alliance self-check-in machines were snaking long! Icelandair has its own dedicated check-in desks at the center of the terminal.

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Check in was fast and boarding pass issued. Surprisingly there were no queues even though the flight was totally full. This flight would be on Icelandair's economy class, as my bid-upgrade failed to go through (Saga Class was totally full too!).

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Even though the check-in area was crowded with the summer holiday crowds, security was painless and we were through into the departure hall in no time. As expected, it was pretty busy inside.

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Headed to the Plaza Premium Lounge to grab a light dinner. Being the only 3rd-party lounge in Terminal 2, it was busy and overcrowded, with most seats taken. At least there were some hot food at the buffet, though it was very average. A far cry from the peace and calm when I visited a couple of years back when it was just opened.

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Left the lounge early and headed to the gate, which would be at the satellite terminal and requiring a lengthy walk. The usual Star Alliance aircraft and our B757 could be spotted at the satellite terminal.

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Some plane spotting of the long-haul aircraft of the Star Alliance airlines.

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Our B757-200 being prepared for the flight, with a BA Whale taxiing past. It has been a long, long while since I have flown on a B757. Seldom do we see this aircraft type in South-east Asia as well.

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06 August 2019
Icelandair
FI 455
London Heathrow (LHR) - Keflavik Reykjavik (KEF)
B757-200
TF-FIP
Economy Class
Flight Time: 2H31M



Boarding commenced rather early.

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"Snaefell" is the name of our aircraft.

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Economy on the B757 is in a 3-3 configuration, with the first few rows designated as extra-legroom seats. All of the leather-cladded seats are fitted with individual IFE touchscreen monitors.

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Interesting headrest designs explaining different Icelandic terms.

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Boarding in progress. It was a totally full flight.

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Legroom was very decent.

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The reading materials.

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The airsick bag is certainly a collectible!

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Icelandair's network. Reykjavik is the hub between North America and Europe, which Icelandair leveraging on this hub for their network strategy flying pax between both continents.

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Pillows and blankets are available upon request. I got myself a wooly and comfortable blanket.

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View out the window with the last bags being loaded up.

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Doors were closed ahead of schedule and safety video was played.

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The IFE system was activated after the safety video was shown. Icelandair operates as a hybrid-carrier, with certain frills such as blankets, IFE and non-alcoholic drinks offered free-of-charge, but meals, luggage and earphones would have to be paid for separately. So bring your own headphones when flying in economy.

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Pushback



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Despite it being a short distance from the departure runway, the taxi was lengthy due to the queue of departure aircraft. Nothing unexpected at Heathrow.

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Took the time to browse through the IFE system. Though nowhere near the best out there, it was a pretty decent system for the length of flights which FI flies. There was a selection of movies, including a few new releases, short features, music albums, obligatory flight map and more. The screen is of very good resolution as well, with a USB port beside the screen. I believe there are power sockets under the seats as well.

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Finally we reached the runway and departed from Rwy27R for the 2.5hrs flight to Iceland. Boy, is the B757 noisy compared to the newer generation of aircraft.



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We would be chasing, and catching up with the sunset for the entire flight.

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Taking a look at the buy-onboard menu.

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Service started with the delivery of pre-ordered meal boxes (not many that I saw), followed by a round of beverage service and the BOB service.

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Having had a bite at the lounge, I just opted for a cup of hot tea. Non-alcoholic beverages are free-of-charge.

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Taking at a look at our current location. I then while the flight away on some music albums using my own SQ economy earphones (finally put into good use!).

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Chasing the sunset

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Visit to the retro-looking lavatory. Just the basic amenities inside.

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View of the fully-packed cabin. Water and juices were served again prior to our descent into Iceland. Crew were generally friendly and efficient, no complaints.

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30min to Iceland

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Starting the descent. We had caught up with the sunset and it actually got brighter nearer to Iceland.

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Approach and landing into Keflavik Rwy19 ahead of schedule.



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Parked at the gate. I believed the titleless A320 at the gate beside is an Icelandair-leased aircraft to cover for the grounded B737Max.

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Disembarked.

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Got our bags and headed to town via the Flybus airport bus.

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After an hour on the road, we reached out hotel. Would be staying at Skuggi Hotel for the next 4 nights. The room, though not too big, was clean, modern and comfortable.

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The included buffet breakfast was a great way to start the morning prior to our full-day tours.

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Verdict

Icelandair

7.5/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering6.0

London - LHR

8.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Reykjavík - KEF

7.9/10
Efficiency9.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

It was a very pleasant and comfortable flight experience on Icelandair. Despite the hybrid concept, comfort is not compromised and spacious seats and pillows/blankets provided. A reasonable IFE system and friendly service also made it a very bearable ride for a European economy flight experience.

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