Icelandair begins seasonal service to Anchorage starting Wednesday.
Its first flight will land at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airportat 4:20 p.m.
The airline will provide twice weekly, non-stop service between Reykajavik,Iceland’s capital city, and Anchorage.
The inaugural fight will include a delegation of Icelandic and Alaskan business leaders. Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell will be among those on the flight.
Bell says the new air connections will grow Alaska’s visitor industry, increase European commerce and strengthen Alaska’s economy. She says travelers will connect in Reykjavik with more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe.
Flight time between Reykjavik and Anchorage on the 189-seat Boeing 757-200 is about seven hours.
Plans call for Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell to lead the welcoming party of Wednesday’s first Icelandair flight.