Icelandair Interested in Boeing 787 or Airbus A321LR

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BERLIN – Icelandair is looking to replace its 757’s. These are set to be retired in 4 years from now. As Icelandair is looking to renew their fleet, they’re focused on the A321LR and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

In March 2021 Icelandair restarted service with their 737 Max.

Three months after the relaunch of their 737 Max operation the airline said that the aircraft overshot their expectations.

The airline is currently operating 11 737 Max and is expecting another 3 aircraft to be delivered until summer 2022.

Together with their 13 Boeing 757’s and three 767’s as well as their five De Havilland Canada Dash 8, which are only used for domestic flights and flights to Greenland, the airline operates a fleet of 35 aircraft.

According to Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair, this is the perfect fleet size for their current network.

Upcoming network growth will be supported by the current fleet.

They expect to have their last 757 flight in 2026.

The CEO stated that they will be working together with Boeing and Airbus as they’re renewing their fleet.

He said that they’ll be making plans in the next 12 months, but he didn’t mention how many aircraft the carrier is intending to buy.

The carrier is looking to invest in long-haul aircraft, which will work side by side with their 737 Max.

CEO Bogason said that they are very happy with their 767, which creates a good starting situation for a probable investment in the 787. Icelandair’s 767 aircraft are all well over 20 years old.

The CEO also mentioned that they’re looking at the A321LR, which is an undisputed option for the carrier.  

This isn’t the first time Icelandair is looking to get the A321LR, these plans have since been revoked but as of now the airline once again expressed their interest in the type.

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