Icelandair will expand its North American network in 2016 with new year-round service between Reykjavik and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Keflavik International Airport-based Icelandair will launch service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (IATA code ORD) on March 16, 2016.
It will offer four round-trips a week from Chicago O’Hare to Iceland on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
At its Keflavik International Airport (KEF), the airline will offer connections between its Chicago O’Hare flights and more than 20 Icelandair destinations in Europe.
It is not clear yet if Icelandair will serve Chicago O’Hare with single-aisle Boeing 757-200 jets, of which it has 23 in its passenger fleet (as well as two 757 freighters), or with twin-aisle Boeing 767-300s/300ERs.
Although the carrier does not currently have any Boeing 767s in its fleet, in the spring of 2016 Icelandair is scheduled to take delivery of two Boeing 767s on lease.
Eventually Icelandair will replace all its Boeing 757s with up to 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 jets on which it holds firm orders or options.
Icelandair, which began flying in 1937, has previously served Chicago, in a 15-year stint which began in 1973.
The announcement of Chicago O’Hare International Airport as a North American destination from 2016 means Icelandair will offer service from 15 North American gateways next year.
In addition to Chicago O’Hare, in 2016 Icelandair will operate scheduled passenger flights to Iceland from Boston, Denver, Edmonton, Newark, New York JFK, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.; and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Portland in Oregon and Vancouver.
Icelandair allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights in Iceland for no additional fare.
For additional information about Icelandair’s fares to Iceland and beyond, visit www.icelandair.com or call (877) I-FLY-ICE.