Icelandair is known to be a rare operator of the stretched Boeing 757-300. These long, narrow bodies provide additional capacity over the standard -200 version, with examples from Icelandair in particular accommodating 225 passengers. The carrier operates two 757-300s, but where exactly does it place them? Let’s take a closer look.
Icelandair’s Boeing 757-300s at a glance
Let’s start by establishing the exact nature of Icelandair’s Boeing 757-300 fleet. As established, the airline flies two examples of the plane affectionately known as the “flying pencil”, with their 225-seat configurations comprising 203 economy class seats and 22 business class seats. The last of these cabins has reclining seats in a 2-2 configuration.
When it comes to average age, data from ch-aviation.com shows Icelandair’s 757-300s are younger than the standard -200, at 21.5 (compared to 25.2 for the latter). The oldest of the pair is TF-ISX, who is 22.49, having first flown in February 2000. It was delivered to Arkia Israel Airlines that month and joined Icelandair just over 18 later, in March 2018.
Meanwhile, the carrier’s youngest 757-300, TF-FIX, arrives at 20.42 years old. Unlike its older counterpart, this particular aircraft has spent its entire career with Icelandair, having joined the airline in March 2002. It has also accumulated significantly more hours, its total being 70,453 in April 2022 (up from just 55 159 for TF-ISX).
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Starting with the youngest TF-FIX, we can see that apart from Icelandair’s Reykjavík–Keflavík (KEF) hub, two destinations are tied for its most popular. Specifically, RadarBox.com data shows that in the last 12 months it operated 56 flights to or from Washington Dulles (IAD) and Copenhagen (CPH).
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) ranks just behind this pair, with 55 flights, and is itself closely followed by Paris CDG, with 50. After that there is a bit of a decline, with Tenerife South ( TFS) ranking next-highest with 35 flights. She is followed by the North American pair of Toronto Pearson (34) and Chicago O’Hare (27).
Rounding out the top 10 (excluding Reykjavík-Keflavík) we have German pair Munich (26) and Frankfurt (24), the latter ranking jointly with Spain’s Alicante-Elche airport Miguel Hernández (24). At the time of writing, data from FlightRadar24.com showed TF-FIX’s last flight took it from Chicago to Keflavík.
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As pictured above, the TF-ISX is arguably Icelandair’s most eye-catching Boeing 757-300, thanks to its special livery that celebrates a century of Icelandic sovereignty. In the past 12 months, its most common destination has been London Heathrow, with 65 flights arriving or departing from the UK’s main air hub. Also on the podium for this aircraft are Paris CDG and Tenerife South (60 each).
The rest of the top 10 is similar to those served by TF-FIX, but there are a few exceptions. For example, Stockholm Arlanda ranks sixth with 46 flights, just ahead of Amsterdam Schiphol (28), eighth – none of which were in the top 10 for TF-FIX. At the time of this writing, the plane was in the air, bound for London Heathrow.
What do you think of the way Icelandair uses its Boeing 757-300s? Have you ever flown one of these stretched narrow bodies? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!