COLUMBIA, Md., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Icelandair is excited to announce new scheduled service between Seattle, Washington, and Reykjavik, Iceland, beginning July 22, 2009.
Icelandair will offer four flights a week departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 4:30 p.m., arriving in Reykjavik at 6:45 a.m. the following morning. Flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays will connect with Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and London, offering up to 4 hours faster connection times from Seattle to Scandinavia than possible through other European hubs. Flights to Helsinki, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris will also be available via Reykjavik. Connecting flights returning via Reykjavik arrive in Seattle at 5:45 p.m., just in time for dinner at home or easy connections throughout North America.
Additionally, Icelandair will work in cooperation with Alaska Airlines to provide passengers convenient connections to a host of cities across the West Coast, including San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Anchorage and San Jose.
"Icelandair is pleased to now offer more choices to Europe's top destinations from Seattle," said Thorsteinn Egilsson, General Manager - The Americas. "We also look forward to partnering with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in serving all westward travelers, including the large Scandinavian population of the Pacific Northwest."
Icelandair's efficient 183-seat Boeing 757-200ER aircraft uses Iceland's unique geographic location, and optimizes a hub-and-spoke route system based in Keflavik, Iceland, to offer the most convenient routes for those traveling from the Pacific Northwest.
"The Boeing 757's versatility continues to create value for our longstanding and esteemed customer Icelandair. We commend Icelandair for optimizing the abilities of the airplane to open new routes and look forward to seeing Icelandair's 757s flying with its distinctive winglets above the Seattle skies soon," said Aldo Basile, vice president of Sales, Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The publicly traded Icelandair Group, of which the fully-owned Icelandair is a key subsidiary, currently employs about 3,000 people in ten countries and is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange as ICEAIR. This entry into the Seattle market will create approximately one hundred new and much-needed jobs in Iceland and the U.S., and present the opportunity for a new realm of travelers to experience Iceland and beyond.
Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland, was founded in 1937, and is the only airline in existence today with such a long and distinguished record on the North Atlantic transatlantic route. Today, Icelandair offers travelers updated aircraft with personal entertainment centers, and three cabins of service including the new Economy Comfort Class. Icelandair's Frequent Flyer Club awards frequent travelers with airline tickets, hotel and car rentals and the ability to trade points on points.com for an array of goods and services.
Icelandair has been a member of IATA since 1950, a member of AEA since 1957 and the International Flight Safety Foundation since 1966. Safety, convenient schedules, short flying times, on-time performance and customer service have been the hallmarks of Icelandair operations.
In addition to Seattle, Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Minneapolis/St. Paul (seasonal), Orlando Sanford (seasonal), Halifax (seasonal) and Toronto (seasonal). Connections through Icelandair's hub in Reykjavik are available to 18 destinations in Scandinavia (including Copenhagen, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm), Great Britain (including London, Manchester) and Continental Europe (including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris). Only Icelandair offers travelers the ability to stopover in Iceland for up to 7 nights en route to any Icelandair destination at no additional airfare. Additional information about Icelandair, fares, and packages is available at www.icelandair.com or by calling (877) I-FLY-ICE.