A cheap flight, but at a price
Though Icelandic isn't worse than certain European low-cost airlines, it is not, however, exempt from cons… and pros!
Let’s begin with the pros:
- Two checked bags of 23 kg for tickets from America to Iceland & Rest of Europe
- Competitive prices for one-way tickets
- The possibility of extending the stopover in Iceland for up to a week with no extra charges
On the downside:
- A completely paid menu for economy class passengers, with the exception of non-alcoholic drinks
- A fleet comprised of only (as of this moment) Boeing 757s, airplanes originally conceived for mid-distance flights that have a noisy reputation and are thus ill suited for overnight transatlantic flights.
During my flight, in particular, the temperature inside the airplane was particularly high. This, along with the ambient noise generated by the airplane, greatly contributed to the flights lack of comfort. Add to that the YHZ-KEF route, with a four-hour night flight, which made the experience rather unpleasant…
To conclude, I’d say that Icelandair is an airline suited for the Europe-Iceland route, but that the product offered on their transatlantic flights is clearly below the competition, including other low-cost airlines. One of the only reasons that would justify choosing this airline on a transatlantic flight would be to make a stop in Iceland along the way.
3 / 5
Value (price + quality) On the ground
4 / 5
Check-in and boarding
5 / 5
Management of luggage
5 / 5
3 / 5
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Your opinion of security
5 / 5
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