Direct flights to Chicago again – after 28 years!

An Icelandair Boeing 757.

An Icelandair Boeing 757. Photo: Sigurður Bogi Sævarsson

Yesterday afternoon saw Icelandair’s maiden flight to Chicago, USA – a route which  Iceland’s flag carrier has not served since 1988.

The route will be operated all year round, initially with the airline’s Boeing 757 aircraft, then with higher-capacity wide-body Boeing 767 aircraft during the summer.

Icelandair flew direct to Chicago between 1973 and 1988. Now, 28 years later, flights have resumed, making Illinois’s largest city the fifteenth North American destination currently served by the airline.

The ticker will go up to sixteen in May when Montreal, Canada, is added to the network.

Among the passengers on this milestone flight was Icelandic Minister for Industry and Trade, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir.

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Björn Óli Hauksson, CEO of airport operator Isavia (left), Ragnheiður ...

Björn Óli Hauksson, CEO of airport operator Isavia (left), Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Minister (centre), and Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO of Icelandair (right).

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