Icelandair, the country’s flag carrier, will extend its fleet by leasing two more Boeing 737 MAX planes from lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).
Icelandair expects the new supply to arrive in the spring of 2022.
By next summer, the airline will have a total of 14 737 MAX aircraft in its inventory.
“With favorable conditions in commercial aircraft markets, and the continued ramp up of our route network we saw an opportunity and need to expand our fleet of Boeing 737 MAX. The aircraft have proved to perform even better than expected, both in terms of flight range and fuel-efficiency which will also contribute to our efforts of reducing the carbon emissions from our operations,” Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair Group announced in a press statement.
In April 2021, Icelandair resumed flights with Boeing 737 MAXs, two years after the planes were grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two catastrophic incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
Both mishaps were caused by problems with the MAX software, which caused the planes to crash.
On January 27, 2021, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the final Airworthiness Directive that will allow the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly again in Europe.