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Icelandair has taken deliveries of three new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the most recent quarter, bringing its total fleet to nine MAX aircraft. Seven are already in service, and the rest are expected to start flying from August.
The airline is so far very pleased with the performance of the MAX: “The aircraft is even more technically reliable and fuel efficient than originally anticipated with a payload range exceeding prior expectations making its suitability for Icelandair’s route network outstanding. The aircraft moreover supports the Group’s environmental strategy, which is focused on reducing carbon emissions, ensuring responsible environmental management, and driving sustainable procurement.”
The carrier is so happy with the type that it could be eyeing ordering more aircraft in the future. It said,
“Favorable post-COVID market conditions may result in further additions to the fleet the feasibility of which is currently being explored.”
The company reported a loss of $68 million in the first half of 2021 but said it saw clear signs of recovery in recent months, thanks to the opening of Icelandic borders to fully vaccinated travelers.