REVIEW | Icelandair Brussels Airport (Zaventem) to Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport) on Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Economy

Iceland in November and December? Really? I saw an Icelandair promotion on Instagram which I couldn’t resist. The catch? It had to be late November to the start of December 2022. But I could – easily – enthuse Oriol to come along for a road trip in the South and West of Iceland. 

Icelandair is the flag carrier airline of Iceland, with its corporate head office on the property of Reykjavík Airport in the capital city Reykjavík. It is part of the Icelandair Group and operates to destinations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean from its main hub at Keflavík International Airport. The geographical position of Iceland is convenient for one-stop transatlantic flights, which is one pillar of the airline’s business strategy, along with traffic to, from, and within the country.

Icelandair traces its roots back to 1937, when Flugfélag Akureyrar was founded in Akureyri on the north coast of Iceland. Flight operations started in 1938 with a single Waco YKS-7 configured as a floatplane. The company was relaunched in 1940 as Flugfélag Íslands, which translates as Flight Company of Iceland. FI is still its IATA designator. For international purposes, the name Iceland Airways was adopted. In 1979 it became Icelandair.

Icelandair FI555
Saturday 26 November 2022 (return flight FI554 on Sunday 4 December 2022)
Brussels Airport (BRU) to Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Boeing 737 MAX 8, TF-ICR, ‘Fögrufjöll‘.


Flying from Brussels Airport in Zaventem in Belgium to Keflavík takes some three hours. Yet, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 used could serve longer-distance flights. The Business Class seats for instance are in a 2-2 configuration and are larger than the Economy Class seats, which are in a 3-3 configuration.

We flew economy.

General vibe

The Icelandair livery and colour palette is stylish. Navy blue and white dominate the outsides, while the seats are a classy grey. The (real?) leather feels comfortable. The seats are quite hard, but that’s how today’s seats are. Legroom is okay. There is a full-fledged in-flight entertainment system. So in the the three hours you can watch a film.

The menu

In hindsight, we should have ordered something from the menu. It is said to be ‘quirky’. But we didn’t. The buy on board (BOB) ‘Saga Kitchen‘ menu offers some different snacks with an Icelandic touch. 

It’s a missed opportunity, but there’s no point crying over spilled skyr. 

What else?

This is pretty much it. We had some turbulence, but other than that it was a decent, no-nonsense flight. 

Some observations: 

  • There’s no magazine.
  • There’s a WiFi sign but the WiFi didn’t seem to work. I did’t even get to a portal web page to log in or pay or whatever.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. icefogger says:

    A nice, motivating post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Thank you 🙂 !


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