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PLAY invites Icelandic exploration with stopovers at No Extra Cost

PLAY announced stopovers in Iceland at no extra cost, enabling travelers to visit two countries in one trip. This new feature gives passengers the option to turn their layover into a stayover in the “Land of Fire and Ice” on their way to or from more than 30 European destinations, including exciting getaways such as Barcelona,Split, Croatia and more. Travelers can book a firs...

Latest on potential impact to European flights following Icelandic volcano eruption

As a volcanic eruption occurs in Iceland near Grindavík, AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring the situation closely and say there can be impacts to aviation if a cloud of volcanic ash is lofted into the atmosphere. Based on preliminary reports from Iceland, no such cloud has yet been observed, but the situation is continuing to evolve. Should the ongoing eruptions result in a volc...

New Airbus customer - Icelandair orders 13 Airbus A321XLR

Icelandair has placed a firm order for 13 Airbus A321XLR. The order makes Icelandair a new Airbus customer. The airline is also planning to lease four A321LRs. With its extra long range, the A321XLR will allow Icelandair to seize new market opportunities. The aircraft will also enable the airline to reduce its operating costs, support its sustainability targets and at the same time...

Icelandic low-cost carrier PLAY selects MOST end-to-end payment solution

PLAY, the Icelandic low-cost carrier, has selected MOST to provide it with onboard retailing and payment solutions, including software, hardware and payment gateway services. Working with MOST will allow crewmembers to accept secure payments quickly and easily from passengers onboard the aircraft. Starting from December 6, PLAY will upgrade from its existing card readers on board and imp...

Air BP expands into Iceland and starts supplying fuel at Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has further extended its reach in the Nordics and is now present at Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland’s largest airport. This marks the first location for Air BP in Iceland and comes in response to increased customer demand from both the business and commercial aviation sectors. Commenting on...

Rolls-Royce Joins With Icelandair To Celebrate Special Anniversary

Rolls-Royce joined Icelandair today to celebrate 60 years of power for the airline’s fleet. Both companies celebrated the anniversary in Iceland today, with customers travelling between Iceland and the UK receiving a commemorative gift on selected flights this week. Icelandair has a special place in the history of Rolls-Royce, setting a number of records for the RB211-535E4 engines it...

India to Upgrade Russian-Made Su-30 Fighter Jets Amid Delay in Rafale Deal

India has finalized a plan to modernize their fleet of Su-30 fighter aircrafts, as a deal with Rafale has yet to be signed and the Indian Air Force urgently needs a stealth aircraft. An agreement between Russia and India on upgrades to the aging Indian Air Force Su-30 fighter aircraft fleet, sources in the Defense Ministry told Sputnik. The upgrade process and its impleme...

Fatigued Superjet test pilot used wrong throttle before crash

Icelandic investigators have concluded that a fatigued Sukhoi Superjet crew advanced the wrong throttle lever during a single-engined go-around test before the aircraft overran the runway. The inquiry into the 21 July 2013 accident at Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport found that, although the crew was well-rested before the original planned duty time, “significant and repeated&...

Icelandic airline launches giant pink plane called ‘GAY’

An Icelandic airline has unveiled a giant pink plane called ‘GAY’, because of course it has. After London’s rainbow taxi, rainbow bus and rainbow train, things are getting a bit out of hand in the race for the gayest method of transport. Iceland’s WOW Airline is the latest entrant into the gay vehicular contest – and their effort gives TfL a run for their money....

Icelandair Reaches 3 Million Passenger Mark for 2015

This week, Icelandair reached another exciting milestone as Embla Waage became the 3 millionth passenger to fly with the airline in 2015. The 12-year old Icelander was about to board flight FI212 to Copenhagen with her family when she was greeted by IcelandairCEO, Birkir Hólm Guðnason. She was presented the exciting news along with flowers, a gift certificate, and a special thanks from...

Icelandair’s new 767s and Q400s raise un-Comfort-able questions

 Icelandair, having tripled its route network and more than doubled its passenger numbers since 2009, is adding Boeing 767-300ER and Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft in order to maximise high-demand routes and open up new destinations. The 767 aircraft will be outfitted in a similar three-class format to Icelandair’s existing Boeing 757-200 and -300 fleet, Gudmundur Oskarsson, the airline&...

Icelandair is on the forefront of weather forecasting with TAMDAR

Since last December, Icelandair has been operating TAMDAR airborne meteorological sensors via a four-channel Iridium-based integrated communications unit. Though this aspect of Panasonic Avionics’ business flies a little more under the proverbial radar, TAMDAR (Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting) is at the forefront of weather forecasting and forecast pro...