Quincy, MA, February 13, 2013 - On December 6, 2012, Icelandair Group and Boeing signed a preliminary commitment for new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The agreement has now been finalized with a firm order from Icelandair Group for sixteen 737 MAX aircraft and purchase rights for an additional eight.
The original order announced in December, for twelve aircraft, has been increased to sixteen and the original purchase rights for twelve will now be for eight. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered 2018 through 2021.
“We are pleased to announce that we have finalized agreements on firm orders for the 737 MAX. This will further strengthen our business and increase our flexibility and capability for growth. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2018 and the aircraft will be operated alongside with the Company’s current fleet of Boeing 757’s,” said Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO of Icelandair Group.
The complete order is for nine 737 MAX 8 configured for 153 passengers and seven 737 MAX 9 aircraft configured for 172 passengers. The Boeing 737 MAX is a new, improved, longer range version of the present Boeing 737 with higher efficient engines and improved fuel use by 13% per seat.
Icelandair’s current fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft configured to hold 183 passengers will remain in operation and together with the additional 737 MAX will give Icelandair new options for added frequency and destinations.
Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, and Denver with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, Toronto and Anchorage (starting May 15, 2013). Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe.
Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Additional information about Icelandair’s fares and packages to Iceland and beyond is available at www.icelandair.com or by calling (877) I-FLY-ICE.