Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Icelandair lease two 767 aircraft until September to cover for grounded 737 Max 8

The Icelandic carrier has had to lease two Boeing 767 aircraft to cover for the grounded 737 Max aircraft al the way until the end of September.

The airline is saying the only reason it is taking on these 767's is to minimise interruption to Icelandair’s flight schedule following the suspension of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft,  The first aircraft comes into operation mid-April with the second at the beginning of May.

These are 262-seat aircraft with two classes and are fitted with an inflight entertainment system and while these join the fleet the airline is also currently working on leasing the third aircraft that would be added to its fleet in the summer 2019.

Furthermore, Icelandair is also reviewing its flight schedule for summer 2019 following significant changes in the competitive environment. If the Boeing 737 Max aircraft come back into operation in June or earlier, Icelandair has the possibility of increasing its flight frequency during high season. 

Icelandair is expecting to capitalise on the demise of fellow Icelandic airline WOW air with higher loads and more advantageous fares. 

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