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MCI-KEF 3x/wk begins 26 May 2018 (seasonal)

MCI-KEF 3x/wk begins 26 May 2018 (seasonal)

Old Jan 9, 18, 5:14 pm
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MCI-KEF 3x/wk begins 26 May 2018 (seasonal)

"nonstop transatlantic service" (sort of) on Icelandair begins May 25th (every other day, seasonally) on a 2-class 757-200:
"Flight FI840 departs Kansas City International Airport at 5:15 p.m. (CDT) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrives at KEF at 5:05 a.m. (GMT).... Flight FI841 departs Keflavik International Airport at 6:00 p.m. (GMT) on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays and arrives in Kansas City at 8:45 p.m. (CDT)"

Source: Kansas City International Airport
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Old Jan 10, 18, 11:30 pm
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Lived here in KC all my life. Booked economy with my wife on inaugural MCI-KEF flight for a 3-day memorial day weekend trip.

As note, this is the first intl overseas service in the history of MCI.
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Old May 27, 18, 2:46 pm
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FI launched the outbound service to KEF yesterday and it was quite a celebration at MCI! I flew the inbound inaugural on Friday with a few friends and it was easily one of the best flights I've taken in a long time. FI used Hekla Aurora for both flights. The crew was terrific and offered a champagne toast, customized luggage tags, macaroon's, chocolate ice cream bars and Icelandic candies.



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Old May 29, 18, 11:09 am
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Sounds lovely! Does MCI really not have a jetbridge the aircraft can use?
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Old May 29, 18, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by TribalistMeathead View Post
Sounds lovely! Does MCI really not have a jetbridge the aircraft can use?
Of course they do; that photo was taken in KEF. Seems like most flights there get hard stands. My inbound PDX-KEF got one, as did my friends who flew BOS-KEF.
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Old May 30, 18, 11:49 pm
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Here are some pictures from the inaugural MCI-KEF flight. We did get the corresponding luggage tag from the FI staff but I can't find it for a picture right at the moment. Flight was essentially full. The return flight on Tuesday had ~30 passengers, many of whom were the special people from this flight (aviation dept, news crews).

KC Mayor, KC Aviation Director, KC Deputy Aviation Director, FI CEO, Iceland Ambassador to US were all present as well as 3 TV news crews (4, 9, 41). Channel 4 went on the flight and reported for a few days and returned on Tuesday.



Northern Lights Cake


Q39 BBQ served up fresh


CEO of IcelandAir being interviewed by local KC TV station


Iceland's ambassador to the US and former prime minister Geir Haarde speaking.


Ribbon cutting by the pilot with all dignitaries present.


Complimentary tote bag, water bottle, and poster voucher from the KC aviation department. Given just before the jetway.


Hekla Aurora parked at Gate 89, viewed from just before the jetway.


Inaugural water spray from the fire trucks


Complimentary water and one-time complimentary sparkling wine served on inaugural flight.


Hamburgers available for purchase on board, $17. Actual meat though.
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Old May 30, 18, 11:49 pm
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FriendlySkies, seems we missed each other, have to meet another time.
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Old May 31, 18, 6:14 am
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Originally Posted by TheBagman View Post
FriendlySkies, seems we missed each other, have to meet another time.
Very sorry we didnít catch up. I came back on Saturday for the pre departure party and had a great time (and enjoyed the Q39). Shoot me a PM so you can join the rest of us locals next time for a meal or drinks.
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Old May 31, 18, 10:12 am
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Sounds good, I didn't even think of it ahead of time. As comic note, I was the guy wearing the black "I love Iceland" shirt, with wife wearing the Iceland winter hat.
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