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Icelandair Flights

Icelandair is the main airline of Iceland, and is based out of Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport. Thanks to Iceland's unique geographic position between northern Europe and America, the airline is famous for its one-stop transatlantic flights to the USA. They have a fleet of 30 aircraft (mainly Boeing 757) jets, and fly to 26 destinations in Europe and 18 in the United States. The airline has been in operation for over 80 years.

The IcelandAir frequent flyer program, Saga Club, allows members to earn points when they book flights and then spend them either on-board (for food and drink) or with retail partners on the ground. Although they currently don't offer any direct flights from Ireland, Icelandair has codeshare agreements with six airlines: Aeroflot, Air Iceland, Alaska Airlines, Finnair, JetBlue and Scandinavian Airlines. If you don't mind a short hop over the Irish Sea, Icelandair fly direct from five UK cities including Glasgow , London, Birmingham, Manchester and Aberdeen.

This information is correct as of April 2017

Why Fly Icelandair?

How to check in

Online check in for flights to Europe and Canada opens 36 hours before departure, and 24 hours beforehand for flights to the USA. Online check in isn't available for flights to or from Aberdeen, Scotland. If you're flying from North America you'll still need to pick up your boarding card from the desk agent at the airport. Self-service check-in desks are available at some airports, and there's no extra charge for checking in at the airline desk.

Seating

You can select a seat when you book online, as long as you have JAVA enabled on your browser. Simply click 'seat map'. Legroom on Icelandair flights is fairly generous, with an average seat pitch of 32 inches in economy class and 40 inches in business class.

Booking fees

There's a £6 booking fee for flights departing from UK-based airports. You can book cancellation protection insurance for £22 per person. Change fees of £30 to £110 apply for economy passengers, but those travelling in Economy Comfort or Saga Class can make changes for free. If you've accidentally misspelled your name, you can correct it for £20. You can't change it to a completely different name, however, e.g. John O'Brien to John O'Brian would be okay, but John O'Brien to Sean O'Rourke wouldn't.

Service on board

Icelandair flights have three classes: economy, economy comfort, and Saga (business) class. Economy passengers can purchase meals from the Saga Shop Kitchen, which includes tasty Icelandic-inspired delicacies. Economy comfort passengers can choose food from this menu free of charge, while Saga class passengers are fed complimentary meals from a different menu. Blankets and pillows are provided in economy class, on the seat for routes in North America and on request otherwise. Soft drinks and hot beverages are offered free of charge, and you can buy an alcoholic drink if you fancy a tipple. Economy comfort passengers have access to the business lounge in the airport, and can enjoy free drinks (champagne costs extra). Saga Class includes a few extra luxuries, such as a duvet for a good night's sleep.

Punctuality

Although Icelandair was ranked as Europe's most punctual airline in 2012, during 2016 they were ranked one of the airlines most likely to be delayed. Their on-time rate in Britain was just 56%, based on data from Which?

Baggage allowances and fees

As always, baggage allowance depends on travel class and destination. Passengers can rest assured that one bag weighing up to 23kg and measuring no more than 158cm is included in their fare, with hand luggage of 10kg. The cabin bag should measure no more than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, including wheels and handles. Passengers can also bring a small personal item, such as a handbag or briefcase, on board.

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