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Icelandair to start long turboprop flights

Icelandair is planning to use leased Bombardier Dash-8 Q400s to open up new routes from Keflavík to both Dublin and Manchester.

Icelandair has decided to operate Q400 turboprop flights to Manchester, UK and Dublin, Ireland.

These routes will fly twice a week from Keflavík International Airport during the period from July 15 until September 14 to increase capacity for the summer holiday season.

The company will use aircraft from Air Iceland Connect, a subsidiary of the main Icelandic airline.

The Q400 aircraft are normally used for routes to outlying islands, as well as to other areas in Iceland.

The airline currently has three Q400s in its fleet.

Time and space
There are around 70 seats on a normally configured Q400, with two small bathrooms. They are in a single-aisle configuration with two seats on either side, with no premium seating. There is no entertainment, no in-seat power, no LED lights, no reclining seat and a very small tray table.

The flying time between Manchester Airport and Keflavík International Airport is approximately three hours with Boeing 767 service. However, the Q400 will probably take approximately 30 minutes longer to complete the journey.

Additionally, the journey will take place almost entirely over the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, where frequent storms could cause more noticeable turbulence for aircraft. And the operating altitude of 8,229 metres for the Q400 compared to 12,500 metres for a 737 could also make the aircraft more susceptible to weather and turbulence.

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