Air Iceland Connect
|Focus cities||Akureyri Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Icelandair Saga Club|
|Parent company||Icelandair Group|
|Key people||Árni Gunnarsson|
Air Iceland Connect, formerly Flugfélag Íslands ehf. (Icelandic: Flugfélag Íslands), is a regional airline with its head office at Reykjavík Airport in Reykjavík, Iceland. It operates scheduled services to domestic destinations across Iceland and to Greenland, Faroe Islands (operated by Atlantic Airways) and United Kingdom. Its main bases are Reykjavík Airport and Akureyri Airport. It is a subsidiary of Icelandair Group.
The airline was formed in Akureyri by Tryggvi Helgason as Norðurflug, and was incorporated as Flugfélag Norðurlands on 1 May 1975. A reorganisation and merger of Icelandair Domestic and Norlandair (Flugfélag Norðurlands) resulted in the present name in 1997. It is wholly owned by Icelandair Group and had 226 employees in March 2007.
In late 2011, Air Iceland acquired two Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft for delivery in early 2012. Upon delivery of these aircraft, Air Iceland sold its only Dash 8-100 series. It previously operated ATR 42 aircraft from 2000 to 2003.
A fleet of 3 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft replaced the airline's 5 Fokker 50 aircraft in 2015-16. Services using the new aircraft will include a route to Aberdeen on behalf of Icelandair started in March 2016 flying out of KEF.
In May 2017, Air Iceland announced it had rebranded as Air Iceland Connect. The airline said in a statement that it had decided to modify its name owing to a number of factors such as increased exposure to international markets and tourists, increased co-operation with Icelandair and to simplify marketing, as the company’s dual name system has meant a significant increase in costs and has caused some passengers inconvenience and led to misunderstandings. Dropping the Icelandic name resulted in complaints about the attack on the Icelandic language.
As of May 2016, the Air Iceland Connect fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
|Aircraft||In Service||Orders||Passengers||- Notes|
Among the destinations, most in Greenland and some in Iceland have runways less than 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) length. Dash 8-200 is the only aircraft type possessed by Air Iceland Connect compatible with such runways. The Q400s are currently used on flights to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Kangerlussuaq, Narsarsuaq, Aberdeen and Belfast City (on behalf of Icelandair).
Accidents and incidents
- On 29 May 1947, an Air Iceland Douglas C-47A TF-ISI crashed at Héðinsfjörður, Iceland in bad weather, killing all 25 on board. This was the worst air accident in Icelandic history.
- On 4 March 2011, a Dash 8 TF-JMB was landing at the Nuuk Airport it was hit by a microburst and the right wheel broke off causing the aircraft to slide off the runway. All 31 people on board were unharmed. However, the aircraft was written off.
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- "Íslensk vél brotlenti á flugvellinum í Nuuk - allir farþegar ómeiddir" [Icelandic aircraft crashed at the airport in Nuuk - all passengers unharme] (in Icelandic). 365. 4 March 2011.
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