I know this is fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but I’m kind of excited about this. Delta has announced service to Iceland starting next June, operated once daily out of JFK with 757s. The schedule for the flights will be as follows:
Delta 52 JFK-KEF departing 11:35PM arriving 9:20AM+1
Delta 51 KEF-JFK departing 10:50AM and arriving 12:55PM
Why am I excited? Well, I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, but the thought of flying Icelandair and not earning miles (or getting any sort of benefits) pains me. And their business class product is more like domestic first class too. While they are now partners with Alaska, the partnership likely won’t be that lucrative on either the earning or burning side.
So I’m really looking forward to this! The next thing I’ll be using my Delta miles for is a business class ticket to Iceland for a few days, even if it’s not a great use of miles.
But on a related note, I do have one question. How can it be profitable to operate a once daily 757 service to Keflavik, where I can’t imagine there’s all that much paid premium traffic? There are substantial fixed costs, I would have to imagine, even if most of the work is contracted out for the Keflavik ground services. I’m not sure if this is just more of a “prestige” route for Delta to further be the world’s “global airline,” though I can’t imagine they could operate a flight for “prestige” in this economic environment. And Iceland in winter? I can’t imagine there is much tourist traffic that time of year…