Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Travel Agents Get the Chance to Experience Icelandair Aircraft

Members of the Travel Trade recently were at George Best Belfast City Airport for an aircraft familiarisation trip with Icelandair.

The year-round three times weekly service between Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Reykjavik (KEF) is operated by Icelandair's sister airline, Air Iceland Connect, on a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Scheduled on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the 2 hour 55 minute flight connects Northern Ireland to Icelandair’s extensive North American and European portfolio.

However, it is the unique configuration of the cabin that has really caught the attention of passengers locally. With just 72 seats on board, which is less than the traditional configuration of a Q400 aircraft, there is significantly more legroom for passengers. The noise reduction technology also makes for a comfortable, quiet, relaxing journey on board the aircraft.

Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “The route started on June of this year and is so far proving really popular with passengers. With such an extensive network of onward connections through Icelandair, the route is heavily used by those visiting destinations such as Canada and North America, as well as those visiting Reykjavik itself and other destinations in Iceland.

“With competitive pricing, the route allows passengers to stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional air fare which is a really appealing benefit for passengers.

“The product itself is really interesting and once which has been designed entirely with the passenger’s comfort in mind. From additional legroom and extra spacious overhead locker storage to the iPads presented to every passenger upon boarding, it makes for a very unique travel experience.”

iPads preloaded with music, movies, games, books and television programmes provide a long haul entertainment service passengers, despite the flight being very short.

Passengers are also provided with a free baggage allowance of 23kg making Icelandair’s onward connections to 20 destinations in North America Fast and Easy.

At the time the new service from Belfast, Icelandair’s 44th scheduled destination, was announced, Icelandair CEO Birki Holm Guõnason, commented: “Belfast is a vibrant fast growing city with great business and leisure opportunities and we are happy to be able to offer our customers this exciting addition to our network. Like our code-share operation with Air Iceland to Aberdeen, our Belfast route will be flown in cooperation with our sister company, utilizing their smaller aircraft like the Q400 to create new markets and opportunities.”

In attendance at the aircraft familiarisation trip was Linda Millar, Bryan Somers; Jane Magee, Bryan Somers; Doreen McKenzie, Consort Travel Group; Brendan Mallon, Roomteam; William Elliott, Portrush Travel; Angela Taylor, Oasis Travel; Carol Corey, Travel Solutions; Mike Reynolds from Icelandair; and Diane Risk from Belfast City Airport.

Doreen McKenzie was the lucky winner of a pair of flights to Reykjavik, courtesy of Icelandair.

You can view more images from the Fam trip on our Facebook Page


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