Icelandair has taken delivery of another Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft. The new arrival comes as part of a multi-aircraft deal announced in October 2021 with Aviation Capital Group (ACG).
The sale and leaseback deal for two Boeing 737-8 MAX and one Boeing 737-9 MAX allows the airline to release capital by selling the aircraft to ACG and then leasing them back.
The Boeing 737 MAX plays a key role in the future of Icelandair’s fleet, as the airline’s CEO, Bogi Nils Bogason, highlighted,
“The renewal of our fleet with new eco-efficient airplanes like the Boeing 737 MAX is an important step towards reaching our ambitious goals of reducing the company’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.”
The Boeing 737 MAX plays a key role in Icelandair’s fleet renewal. Photo: Icelandair
Icelandair and the Boeing 737 MAX
Icelandair restarted Boeing 737 MAX operations in March 2021, and earlier this year used the type to reveal its new livery – the first refresh since 2006.
The aircraft are scheduled to fly from Keflavík International Airport to a range of destinations across Europe and North America, making the most of the airport’s unique position as a connecting hub between the two continents. Routes operated by the Boeing 737 MAX include Chicago, Newark, and even as far as away as Portland.
When all outstanding orders have been received, Icelandair will have a total of 16 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet – nine Boeing 737-8 MAX and seven of the larger Boeing 737-9 MAX.
The type is still outnumbered by the Boeing 757-200 aircraft, of which Icelandair has 15 in its fleet. But this will not be the case for long – with an average age of over 24 years, the airline is looking to retire these aircraft by 2026.
A closer look at Icelandair’s Boeing 737 MAX
Icelandair’s Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft seat 160 passengers – 16 in business class (Saga Class) and 144 in economy, while the larger -9 variant seats 178.
With a maximum speed of 521mph (839kmph) and a range of up to 4,045miles (6,510km), these modern aircraft also use 37% less fuel per trip than the Boeing 757-200, allowing Icelandair to better compete with low-cost carrier PLAY.
Icelandair will operate a total of 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft when all deliveries have been completed. Photo: Icelandair
In addition to renewing its passenger fleet, Icelandair is also in the process of increasing its cargo fleet. The airline’s current two Boeing 757-200PF cargo aircraft will be joined by two converted passenger Boeing 767-300BCF aircraft later this year.
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