Hi everyone:) I wanted to share a report on here that not many people have covered before; the journey FRA-KEF using Icelander´s FI521 winter service to Keflavik, Iceland. Our trip started at Frankfurt Airport, where snow and ice has lead to many cancellations and delays that day. We made it to the airport extra early at around 10a.m. I performed FI´s online check-in, which was easy to use. To my surprise I was granted a seat in 6F, a seat that has their business class (Saga Class) comfort and was only assigned as Y was overbooked. That made me super happy and they would also keep their promise of the C class seat.
Check-In at FRA´s Terminal 2. The check-in counters opened 2 hours before scheduled departure. Little late in my opinion. A long line formed as the check-in agent vigorously enforced the 23kg baggage law. The acciona check-in staff was not friendly at all, which is sad seen the hospitality of Icelandair.
Boarding was called at gate E44, which is an A380 gate that can handle either the former or two narrow body a/c at once. The gate area itself was small and lacked seats, as these gates are only used for short Schengen flights. The flight came in an hour late (no information was given) and boarding was called in an all on board manner right at the scheduled departure time. This is the only pic I got, as the 3 boarding bridges limited the view towards our B757.
A FI cabin crew greeted us at door 2L and told us to turn left (:D). We settled into our C class seats, which are older leather recliners like the ones you would find in an American domestic First class. The B752 definitely showed its 15 years of service, but was well kept and had new PTV´s installed (more later on).
The captain came on the PA apologizing for the delay due to the aircraft come in late to KEF. He announced a flight time of 4:50h due to very strong headwinds (usually only 3:45h). Parked next to us a UL a332 bound for CMB.
The seat belt signs were switched on after boarding was completed and the safety video was played. We are in the last row of saga class (business class). The blue sign on row 4 should show Premium Economy class and everything in front of the curtain is real Saga Class. This funky layout is apparently often used by FI if Y pax majorly exceed the premium pax.
Obligatory legroom shot, which is however not really needed here. Pitch is about 37 with an extra large footrest, 1,5 times wider seat than in Y class, armrest and major recline.
Pushback was around 25minutes after scheduled dep. time. Not that bad considering the a/c had a delay of one hour and a short turnaround. The old 752 started roaring and you could definitely hear that the engines were on :)
Takeoff was one of the steepest using rwy 25C. Just seconds after lift off the 757 poked out of the clouds and rocketed towards cruising altitude of 36,000ft.
The seat belt sign was turned off. While C class was treated to an immediate drink and snack service; Y pax had to first enjoy the view of the newly fitted winglet :)
Time to have a look at the IFE. I have to say FI did a real good job installing very new screens into this old a/c. Resolution is perfect as seen here with this state of the art flight map. The IFE also featured movies, TV shows and very nice documentaries about FI. In my opinion I would prefer this as to the older B777 that EK advertises as the best IFE.
The crew finally arrived at the Y section about an hour into the flight. Fi offers only soft drinks, tea and coffee free of charge on any of their flights. I opted for Appelsin (an Icelandic orange soda) and some tea that were delivered with a smile. Since I wasn´t that hungry, I did not take advantage of the BOB. However, they offer some very interesting snacks as their BOB. http://www.icelandair.de/information/on-board/meals/ (I encourage you to take a look).
Passing the German city of Düsseldorf while cruising towards the British isle.
The cabin lights were switched off and almost all passengers fell asleep. The crew came around REALLY regularly offering still water and answered any calls promptly.
Things started to get a bit bumpy as we left the British isle for the Atlantic. The arctic sky treated to a beautiful view of our B752 and a full moon.
Around 30minutes before landing the captain came on the PA. He informed us about a pretty turbulent approach to KEF as winds were gusty and peaking at around 90kmh. The crew made a mother with her child sit in business class for safety reasons and seat belts were controlled in a military fashion.
Landing into KEF wasn´t that turbulent actually, but visibility was close to 0 and there are no photos of the approach that are worth sharing. Even though it was only half past 5 in the afternoon it was pitch dark in Iceland. The cabin crew informed everyone that connecting flights to the US will wait for passengers despite the one hour delay.
Keflavik Airport is super small and there is nothing important to share. Baggage was delivered within 10minutes and we were of to Reykjavik city.
Frankfurt - FRA
Reykjavík - KEF
The price of he trip was €300 return, which I think is reasonable given the exotic destination during winter. FI´s pilots and crew seem very experienced, which is maybe due to the interesting weather at KEF. It is definately worth flying to Iceland in winter, even though jacket is recommended :)
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