On 5th February 2015, Icelandair’s first scheduled service between
Birmingham and Reykjavik lifted off.
At 7:57am(GMT) passengers departed in Icelandair’s new ‘Aurora Plane’ (TF-FIU) and headed for the United Kingdom. The ‘Aurora plane’ is a special themed Boeing 757 that is decorated with the Northern Lights both on external livery and in internal cabin fixtures and lighting, providing a unique experience for passengers.
At 10:17am(GMT) Icelandair touched down at BHX, after a 2 hour and 20 minute journey over the North Atlantic Ocean.
After exiting the runway onto taxiway ‘Bravo’ it was greeted by an airfield safety vehicle which led the Aurora plane down taxiway ‘Alpha’ and ‘Echo’, through a ‘water arch salute’ and onto stand 42.
Birmingham is Icelandair?s 5th gateway in the UK and 39th overall. The new flights operate twice weekly, on Thursdays and Mondays.
Birkir Hólm Guðnason Icelandair, CEO said: ?Icelandair looks forward to be offering a refreshing and valuable travel experience to and from the West Midlands. Icelandair has been flying for 70 years to the UK and we hope people from the Midlands will like the service we have to offer. Birmingham and its neighbouring cities are predicted to grow substantially and we are pleased to be taking part in and supporting that growth as of today.
Paul Kehoe, the CEO of Birmingham Airport, added: ?Icelandair?s new service from Birmingham is not only fantastic news for Midlanders wanting to spend leisure time in Reykjavik to see the northern lights or relax in hot springs, but also to travel onwards to the USA and Canada using Icelandair?s strong network of connecting flights.?
The Birmingham service will operate with an Icelandair Boeing 757, seating 183 passengers,
offering a three-cabin service, leather seats and personal in-flight entertainment system.
Flight details are:
+ FI494 departs Reykjavik (KEF) 07:50, arriving in Birmingham (BHX) 10:25
+ FI495 departs Birmingham (BHX) 12:25, arriving in Reykjavik (KEF) 15:10
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