Icelandair, the nation’s national airline, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to buy four more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to add to its current fleet.
The four Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were constructed in 2018 and are planned to begin service with the carrier in the fall of 2022.
The arrangement, which was made public on June 16, 2022, will increase Icelandair’s fleet’s total number of 737 MAXs to 18 aircraft.
“We are pleased to announce a further expansion to our fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on favorable terms. The MAX has proven to be a good fit to our route network and its fuel efficiency contributes positively to our efforts of reducing the carbon emissions from our operations,” said Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair CEO.
Bogason thinks that the purchase will enable the airline to extend its route network and scale up operations between numerous locations in Europe and North America.
“This summer we offer direct flights from Iceland to 44 destinations, up to five times a day. This addition to our fleet allows us to further increase our services by adding new destinations and increasing frequency to our current destinations,” Bogason explained.
Data from Planespotters.com show that Icelandair now has a fleet of 41 aircraft, made up of 21 Boeing 757 family jets, 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, five De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprop regional aircraft, and three Boeing 767-300 aircraft.