Back in 2012, when TF-ISL first came over to Icelandair from American Airlines, the Boeing 757-200 experienced a scary situation. Flying from Reykjavik to Frankfurt, Germany, cabin crew experienced effects of oxygen deprivation. See below for more details.
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TF-ISL made its first flight on January 20, 1992 and was delivered to American Airlines on January 30, 1992 as N661AA. The Boeing 757-200 was stored in August, 2011 and delivered to Icelandair on March 27, 2012 as TF-ISL.
The airplane is named Oraefajokull and the name is printed on the side of the aircraft, just below the side cockpit windows. All Icelandair aircraft are named for Icelandic volcanoes. Oraefajokull is the largest active volcano in Iceland and is also the highest peak in the country. Although active, it has not erupted since the 1700’s.
TF-ISL is one of 25 Boeing 757-200 aircraft in the Icelandair fleet. The aircraft is configured for a maximum of 183 passengers. There are 22 seats in Saga Class (first class) with 41 more in economy comfort. 120 seats are located in standard economy class.
On July 18, 2012, TF-ISL was flying from Reykjavik, Iceland to Frankfurt, Germany. The Boeing 757-200 had been in the Icelandair fleet for less than four months at the time. Flying at 39,000 feet, one hour into the flight, cabin crew members began to experience dizziness, and headaches. They were administered oxygen and it was decided to continue the flight.
While descending towards Frankfurt, the symptoms got worse with severe headache, dizziness, blue lips and fingers, along with numbness of the legs. The lack of oxygen was due to the right hand air conditioning system not being able to go to high flow. It was noted that this was a problem with Boeing 757-200 aircraft with air being restricted in the aft cabin due to foreign objects in the air conditioning system.
The first Boeing 757-200 entered service in 1983 with Eastern Air Lines, an American airline that ceased operations in 1991. The last of this model was produced by Boeing in 2004.
The aircraft is 47 metres or 155 feet in length with a wingspan of 38 metres or 125 feet. At the tail, the Boeing 757-200 stands 14 metres or 45 feet in height. The flight range for this airplane is 7,250 kilometres.
Icelandair dates back to 1937. The airline is headquartered at Reykjavik Airport (RKV) in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is the smallest of the city’s two airports with the other being Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Icelandair currently flies to over 40 destinations.
The fleet of 30 airplanes includes 27 Boeing 757-200, one Boeing 757-300 and four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Orders have been places for Boeing 737 Max 8, Boeing 737 Max 9 and Boeing 787-8 models. Air airplanes in the fleet are named for Icelandic volcanoes.