Icelandair has announced a commitment for 12 Boeing 737 MAX jets, which Boeing values at more than $1.2 billion at list prices.
The commitment by Icelandair includes Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
Boeing says it looks forward to working with Icelandair to finalize the details of the order, at which time the manufacturer will post the Icelandair commitment as a firm order to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
“This commitment is the result of our research into what aircraft manufacturers have on offer to help us strengthen and grow our fleet and our network towards the future,” said Bjorgolfur Johannsson, Icelandair Group’s president and CEO. “We have had a successful relationship with Boeing for decades and we are pleased to continue our cooperation for years to come.”
“Over the past decades, Icelandair has successfully utilized its all-Boeing 757 fleet to establish its Reykjavik-based hub as an important gateway between Europe and North America,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The introduction of the 737 MAX to Icelandair’s operation will complement its existing 757 fleet and ensure the carrier’s continued expansion across both continents, offering significant fuel saving with unrivaled passenger comfort,” Nelp added.
The Boeing 737 MAX also features the new Boeing Sky Interior, which offers modern lines, a spacious cabin with more headroom and LED lighting that offers vibrant color options.
Icelandair Group currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 23 Boeing 757 aircraft for its passenger and cargo operations.
The Icelandic carrier has used the geographical location of its Reykjavik-based hub midway between North America and Europe as an opportunity to build a growing network of more than 25 international destinations.