Friday, August 28, 2009

Comfortable transatlantic crossing

I am happy to say that I have finally booked my trip from Oslo to Boston, and I travel cross the Atlantic yet again with Icelandair. This in spite of having paid more than many other airlines charge. 599 Euros is close to 200 more than e.g. KLM and Air France offer for their transatlantic tickets. Why? Because flying Icelandair is easier, less stressful and so much more comfortable.

(Photo: Arpingstone)

How much I loathe traveling through London Heathrow airport should be well known by now. Flying through London Heathrow or any of the other larger European airports cause more and more distress for the traveler. You may end up running through long corridors to reach connecting flights, short of time, due to the increasing congestion of the European air space. The other alternative is to choose a very early flight and then end up waiting for hours for your connecting flight.

When choosing Iceland as your transatlantic hub it is such a different traveling experience.

Entering your Icelandair flight you escape the overcrowded conditions found on many transatlantic economy-class compartments. Icelandair offers 3+3 seats instead of 3+4+3 and with a generous 81 cm leg room.

Flying time is another important reason. A 2 hour and 40 minutes flight from Oslo brings you to Leifur Eiriksson International Terminal in Reykjavik, and Boston is only a 5 hour and 30 minutes flight away.

Here, you are away from the congestion in the UK, Germany or France. No need to be in a hurry, as the connecting plane to the US is a short walk away and will leave in 1 hour and 35 minutes. The atmosphere is relaxed and you may sit down with a cup of coffee and wait for your flight to board.

At 5 PM you board the plane to Boston and your flight will arrive in Boston 6.35 PM EST.

It may sound like I have been paid by Icelandair, but I assure you, it is really this relaxing. To set you in the right mood, take a look at this Welcome on board video from Icelandair. When I saw it, I was already on my way past the Atlantic.

What to see and what to do in New England 2006-2009

I have visited the Boston area so many times the last three decades, that I cannot wait to leave. I will keep you posted via Enjoy Food & Travel. Here is a map with sights, restaurants, and hotels visited in Massachusetts and New Hampshire 2006-2008 waiting to be updated.

(Photo: Keflavik: Manfred Morgner)

View Boston on Enjoy Food & Travel 2006 - 2008 in a larger map

More on my views on London Heathrow see article:
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