REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Icelandair celebrated the launch of its new glacier-themed Boeing 757-200 airplane this past weekend by flying the special-liveried aircraft over the glacier it was named for.
The celebration flight went from Keflavik International Airport, near Reykjavik, to the Egilsstaðir airport in Egilsstaðir on Saturday.
The airline usually names its planes after volcanoes. But this one is named Vatnajökull, in honor of the Vatnajökull glacier that also was the inspiration for the paint scheme. The country’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull covers 8% of the country’s land mass and is home to three active volcanoes: Öræfajökull, Báròarbunga and Grímsvötn,
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Commissioned to celebrate the carrier’s 80th anniversary, the glacier-themed plane was airbrushed by hand over the course of 24 days. The effort was done by the same team that created Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora back in 2015.
The airline also released a “making of” video that shows how they painted the plane.
In addition to glacier paint job on the outside, the Vatnajökull plane has glacier-inspired touches inside, too. Passengers flying on the plane during its regular service will get to experience everything from LED blue lighting; special turquoise and white headrests, napkins, cups, chocolates; and, yes, even, glacier-inspired airsickness bags.
The plane’s lavatories are glacier-themed as well.
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Overall, the new glacier-themed plane “represents Iceland quite well,” Gudmundur Oskarsson, Icelandair’s SVP for marketing and sales, said during the celebratory flight. “It’s really refreshing, it adds to the experience, and shows what Iceland really is really about.”
Guests on the celebration flight received a few “bonus” glacier-themed amenities, including glacier-branded ice cream and one of the airline’s glacier-adorned tin amenity kits that will be issued to the airline’s “Saga” business class passengers this year.
The special livery was already in service before the celebratory flight took off Saturday. So far, it’s been spotted in Seattle and Orlando, two of the thirteen U.S. airports the airline services. (Philadelphia service starts May 30 while flights to Tampa launch in September.)