American Airlines has joined the foray of airlines flying to Iceland today. The airline has just announced flights from its Dallas Hub to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. This comes as a major surpirse, given the recent announcement of flights by other Icelandic carriers to the Texas city.
The airline will launch flights on June 7th, 2018. American will launch the flight with one of their 757s, which have 16 business class seats and Main Cabin Extra. Business class has lie flat seats, but lacks built in IFE. The airline touts the flight will have its new bedding provided by Casper and Cole Haan amenity kits. The schedule will be as follows:
DFW→ KEF Departs at 8:20pm and arrives at 9:15am next day
KEF → DFW Departs at 11:10am and arrives at 2:50pm
The flight will operate on a seasonal basis, starting on June 7th to October 27th. It will go on sale on November 20th.
I am actually scratching my head around this one. There’s no way I understand why three carriers will fly to Iceland from Dallas. I can’t imagine there is that much demand for flights to Iceland. As Icelandair launches flights to Dallas, WOW Air did as well. American Airlines will have the advantage of providing connections for people to/from Iceland, but they will not be connecting passengers onward to Europe. This is what stands out to me as weird. They could have started flights from any other hub, such as Philadelphia or Chicago, but chose the already crowded Dallas.
Although it is unclear whether or not the flight will be operated daily, I suspect American is trying to drive out its competitors from its home turf. They could outprice Icelandair, and out connect WOW Air. Although a MAJOR long shot, there could be a codeshare being worked with Icelandair, and both flights not operated daily. This could mean that the airlines can provide the other with passengers to connect on different US gateways, and onward to Europe. We will have to see if this happens, but I strongly doubt it.
What do you think? Can you make sense of American’s new Reykjavik flight? Would you pick them over WOW or Icelandair? Let us know!
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