Icelandair

Founded
1937
Type
Full Service Carrier
Fleet size
37
Destinations
80
Passengers per year
4,460,729

Icelandair is the flag carrier of Iceland. The airline offers routes from North America to Iceland and Europe to Iceland. In addition, it uses its geological position to act as a hub-airline for flights from North America to Europe via Iceland and vice-versa. Icelandair wants to improve the airlines’ connecting hub position by focussing on flexibility and it wants to contribute to making Iceland a year-round tourist destination.

Organization

Icelandair is a subsidiary of the Icelandair Group, which also owns Icelandair Cargo, Icelandic Airlines, Air Iceland Connect, Icelandair Hotels and Iceland Travel. Nowadays, Icelandair itself has more than 2,000 employees, while Icelandair Group has more than 4,000 employees in total.

Parent company
Icelandair Group

History

Both, Icelandair and Icelandair Group roots are traced back to 1937 when Flugfélag Akureyrar (Flight Company of Iceland) was founded. In 1940 the name was changed to Iceland Airways and about 10 years later the new official name became its current name, Icelandair.

Quick facts

  • Icelandair offers free stopovers on Iceland up to 3-7 days (depending on fare class) at no additional flight costs.
  • The airlines’ Business Class can be considered relatively cheap for flights between the US and Europe.

Passengers

2015
3,368,696
2016
4,001,844
2017
4,386,776
2018
4,460,729

Baggage

Icelandair offers every passenger 10 kg of carry-on luggage free of charge. In addition Saga Premium Flex passengers can take one additional piece of carry-on baggage of 10 kg. Economy Light passengers are the only passengers who need to pay an additional fee for checked baggage while Economy Standard and Economy Flex passengers can take one piece of checked baggage up to 23 kg. Saga Premium and Saga Premium Flex passengers can take two pieces of checked luggage of 32 kg free of charge.

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In-flight Wi-Fi

In-flight Wi-Fi is available on Icelandair’s Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. On the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which will be delivered from 2019, there will also be Wi-Fi on board. Economy Flex, Saga Premium and Saga Premium Flex passengers can enjoy Wi-Fi amenities free of charge.

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