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- I recently flew Icelandair for the first time from NYC to Paris.
- I had a five-hour flight to Reykjavik from NYC, where I then had an hour layover, and then a three-hour flight from Reykjavik to Paris.
- All in all, it was an enjoyable experience.
- I was sitting in an exit row, so I had ample leg room, plus there was a great selection of movies, and the plane was clean and relatively on time.
- My only real complaint was that there wasn’t a free meal served on the flight.
I recently took a trip to France to visit my sister.
I booked my flight on Icelandair, so I had a five-hour flight to Reykjavik from NYC, where I then had an hour layover, and then a three-hour flight from Reykjavik to Paris.
Although I’ve flown internationally multiple times in the past, this was my first time flying Icelandair. I wasn’t sure what to expect since my ticket had been so cheap.
Keep scrolling to read about my experience.
As I boarded the flight from JFK to Reykjavik, I was greeted by a friendly flight attendant standing at the front of the plane handing out small water bottles.
It was a nice touch, and the perfect way to begin a long flight -- an experience that usually ends in dehydration for me.
A small pillow and blanket were waiting for me at my seat. The pillow was pretty standard as far as aeroplane amenities go, but the blanket was softer than most I had used.
Much more exciting than the pillow and blanket, though, was the fact that I was sitting in an aisle seat in an exit row. I was overjoyed to find that I could completely stretch my legs out without hitting the seat in front of me.
While checking in at JFK, I had been informed that no free meals would be served on the flight, so I treated myself to a sad airport dinner before boarding.
But that didn't stop me from checking out the in-flight menu. There was, of course, skyr, a dairy product similar to yogurt that's very popular in Iceland.
There were also typical baguette sandwiches and snack boxes, as well as granola bars, candy bars, and chips.
And for those who like to dull the senses a bit while flying, there was an ample selection of cocktails, beer, and wine.
Shortly after boarding, a flight attendant flipped up the TV screen of the person sitting in the middle of my row so that our whole row could watch the safety video.
The safety video featured real people -- as opposed to illustrated characters -- on vacation in Iceland. They engaged in fun local activities to demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency on the plane, like jumping down a waterfall to showcase jumping onto a slide in case of an evacuation.
I too had my own TV screen that flipped up in front of me, which was nice, but it also took me forever to figure out how to pop the screen up from its place under my arm rest.
Non exit rows have their TV screens in the headrest of the seat in front of them, like on most planes.
The airline's movie selection was great. Over the course of all my flights, I watched 'La La Land,' 'Risky Business,' '500 Days of Summer,' 'Mystic River,' and 'You've Got Mail.'
Unfortunately I didn't get to sit in an exit row on my next flight, so my legs went back to their usual cramped position.
Something I loved was the USB outlet on my TV screen that allowed me to charge my phone during the flight, meaning that I could land at my destination with a fully charged phone.
I was surprised to see that in-flight shopping is still a thing. When the flight attendants came by with the cart on one of my flights, a woman in the row behind me actually bought something.
All in all, the flight was a good experience. The movie selection was great, the plane was clean, the flight was relatively on time, and the flight attendants were nice (plus I loved how all the female attendants did their hair). My only real complaint was not getting a free meal on an international flight.
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