Monday, 2 August 2021

Bluebird Nordic plans to more than treble its fleet with 25 Boeing 737-800F aircraft.

The Icelandic cargo airline Bluebird Nordic is undertaking a massive unprecedented and to say the least, highly ambitious expansion plan by announcing the plan to add 25 x Boeing 737-800s to its fleet within the next three years.

The airline currently has a small fleet of 8 Boeing 737 aircraft, comprised of one 300 and seven 400 full freighter models. The 25 new 737-800 aircraft will be a welcome addition to the existing fleet and will offer enormously increased capacity, these 737-800s can carry an additional 4 tonnes more than the current 400s, while also offering increased cargo volume with 1 extra pallet position on the aircraft's main deck. Additionally, the aircraft's advanced fuel-burn ratio and better technical reliability will position the new aircraft as a more sustainable and environmentally sensitive option for the company's cargo customers.

Siggi Agustsson, Bluebird Nordic's CEO and Managing Director, cited the growing demand for cargo transport during the present pandemic as one of the main reasons behind this exciting new development in the company's growth plan. This exciting and game-changing move – as part of the airline's existing expansion plan – will place the company ahead of the curve as a leading, highly competitive cargo operator across the entire freight transport sector. 

In the interim period while Bluebird Nordic await aircraft conversion and delivery, and as evidence of the existing synergy between companies, the aircraft will be utilised by Avion Express – the leading narrow-body ACMI charter operator and an integral part of the Avia Solutions Group of companies – for passenger flights during the busy summer season, offering extra capacity and highly competitive prices.

Bluebird Nordic's CEO, Siggi Agustsson, said, "The arrival of 25 new B737-800s to our fleet will firmly position Nordic Bluebird at the forefront of the cargo charter market and comes as part of our existing and comprehensive expansion plan. With the growth in demand for cargo transport we are proactively responding to our customer's increased freighter needs, and ensures that we are ready and able to meet all of their global cargo demands. Additionally, following this major expansion, Bluebird Nordic plans to develop back-offices in Lithuania and Bulgaria."

Bluebird Nordic was established in 1999 by a group of local businesses and individuals with a solid background in aviation and airfreight. From the beginning, Bluebird Nordic has provided service to major airlines, express companies and parcel services. The airline also offers cargo export and Import services in Iceland, with more than 100 locations worldwide.

The Bluebird Nordic team prides itself in running an efficient airline, focusing on fast, responsive customer service, as well as safe, reliable and competitive transport. All aircraft are equipped and pilots trained to operate under low visibility weather conditions. The airline is licensed and experienced in carrying most type of cargo, fresh fish, perishables, pharmaceuticals, animals, vulnerable, dangerous goods and etc.

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