Sunday, February 25, 2007

Icelandair - a great choice to the United States

Booking on ebookers.com, I managed to get the cheapest roundtrip to the US ever. Paying NOK 1850 (Eur 225), and additional tax got this ticket down to the fenomenal low price of 175 Euro. And this, on in my mind the best and most comfortable crossing from Europe to the US. On Icelandair from Oslo to Reykjavik, and then on to Boston. For those of you, struggling on long crossings over the Atlantic, you effectively cut the trip into two, allowing you to have a stretch on your legs at Keflavik airport. And the trip from Reykjavik takes around 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Punctuality: BBBBB

On time the whole way. Departure from Oslo at 11.55 AM (CET), arriving in Reykjavik at 4 PM (GMT), as we had picked up passengers in Stockholm. Departure from Reykjavik 5 PM (GMT) arriving in Boston 30 minutes before schedule at 5,20 PM (EST). A great smooth trip.

Personal space: BBBB

I had business class seats on the way from Oslo to Reykjavik,and travelling business class, you have no reason to complain. A wide leather seat with enough space to stretch out you legs and have a completely comfortable journey. Still, as I pay for economy I ended up further back in the plane. I was placed by the emergency exit at road 9A. Her, I was squeezed in by the door, and the crossing was not very comfortable. Well, in general, your personal space on Icelandair is bigger than on other major airlines. You do not feel crammed into a small and uncomfortable position. In my mind, economy on Northwest Airlines, was terrible compared with Icelandair. So a favourable score of 4 Bs

Service: BBBBB

Icelandair use smaller, and more comfortable Boeing 757 airplanes and it does not cut down the number of staff on board. Thus, service to the customers is very good, an you do not have to wait long to be served. On economy class most softdrinks are comlementary,but you have to pay for wine and hard liquor. That does not matter, however. They provide it on a nice price. Paying EUR 3,50 for a bottle of wine is not much. Should you decide to order a gin and tonic, however, you will have to pay EUR 5.

The Food and Wine: BBB

It is always great to be served warm food on a long trip. Icelandair brings you back to the good old days in that respect. Lunch from Oslo to Reykjavik was a warm schnitzel filled with ham and cheese, served with rice and vegetables. Served with rolls and butter and a chocolate for dessert. Good, as airline food goes (BBBB). The wine served, a Lehmann wine, produced in Australia, was not very good. Very flat and much to dry for my taste (BB).

On the atlantic crossing, we were served either fish, or lasagne. I chose the lasagne with vegetables, and it was accompanied by, rolls with butter, a crab salad and a slice of apple tart. The lasagna was steamed more than baked, with hardly no cheese at the top. It tasted a little flat in my mind. The crab salad (crabmeat mixed with mayonnaise) was very good. (BBB) And the same wine again. So in danger of being picky, only three Bs out of five. But in spite of this, it is still great to be well fed on a trip, and we did not leave hungry.

Overall airline experience BBBB

The best way to cross the pond, and you are well taken care of. Recommended!!!

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