And now we lose Icelandair from SFO

Old Oct 1, 19, 11:24 am
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And now we lose Icelandair from SFO

https://www.chron.com/travel/article...O-14481310.php

More good news for SFO-based Mileage Plan members.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 1:44 pm
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Probably just too much competition to Europe from a large hub airport like SFO.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 2:00 pm
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FI has been hammered by the MAX grounding. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more route suspensions as a result.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 2:15 pm
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I used to fly to/from Europe on FI occasionally and found it OK, but the last couple of times I have been through KEF in the summer have been crowded beyond horrendous. I think they've been hammered by their own success too!
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Old Oct 1, 19, 2:48 pm
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But Alitalia is starting SFO. Maybe Alaska does something
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Old Oct 1, 19, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by glitchy View Post
I used to fly to/from Europe on FI occasionally and found it OK, but the last couple of times I have been through KEF in the summer have been crowded beyond horrendous. I think they've been hammered by their own success too!
Yes - that airport is a total mess in the summer. Flights often late, extreme lines, overcrowding etc.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 3:41 pm
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FWIW - this is a FI decision, not AS. So blaming AS is not really the solution here.

Also - seriously, who really fly SFO-RKV?
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Old Oct 1, 19, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by garykung View Post
FWIW - this is a FI decision, not AS. So blaming AS is not really the solution here.

Also - seriously, who really fly SFO-KEF?
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I have not blamed AS. No one else blamed AS. And, there is no solution here. It is just one less option for SFO based MP members, in what has not been perhaps the most stellar year for options for us.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by felicidad76 View Post
But Alitalia is starting SFO. Maybe Alaska does something
Alitalia, the failing airline that Delta is planning to buy a 10% stake in? Yeah right.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 5:41 pm
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you never know and delta and AZ are not the greatest freinds
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Old Oct 1, 19, 6:05 pm
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I find it funny, AZ has been kicked out of the Trans-Atlantic JV with Delta/KLM/AF, so maybe a small highly unlikely glimmer of hope. But then you have the more inevitable, will the Italians strike or stop bankrolling their insolvent airline any minute now, sucking that hope right away. Never going to happen, nor would it really help with AZ's routes, this is just the state of the European market now with airlines folding left and right and just oligopolies of JV's left standing.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 8:50 pm
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Originally Posted by garykung View Post
FWIW - this is a FI decision, not AS. So blaming AS is not really the solution here.

Also - seriously, who really fly SFO-RKV?
It may not be AS's decision but they've been getting absolutely hammered by partner changes/cancellations lately.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 8:53 pm
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Originally Posted by wolfpacktrojan View Post
Alitalia, the failing airline that Delta is planning to buy a 10% stake in? Yeah right.
A couple of years ago I got stuck standing around at EWR with my thumb up my *** waiting for Delta employees to open the Virgin Atlantic lounge...but I remember thinking that it's kind of impressive how thoroughly Delta integrates with their partner airlines.
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Old Oct 1, 19, 9:42 pm
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We lost it here at MCI too. It was one of VERY few international flights we had.
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Old Oct 2, 19, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by ffman999 View Post
Yes - that airport is a total mess in the summer. Flights often late, extreme lines, overcrowding etc.
Flew in/out of KEF in September, expansion has helped the airport feel much less crowded than a couple years ago.

And yes, the MAX problem has really hurt Icelandair. They have pulled out and cut back many US markets
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