30 APRIL 2018
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Passengers were treated to a novel experience when Icelandair welcomed its first new Boeing B737 MAX 8 with a special celebratory flight that took a circular route over some of Iceland’s most stunning landscapes and sights.
The new aircraft, named Jökulsárlon in the airline’s tradition of naming its fleet after Icelandic landmarks, flew north to see Akureyri, where the company was founded in 1937, then the Trollaskagi mountains, Eyjafjord and the Hvalfjord highlands.
The carrier will add a total of 16 new Boeing B737 MAX 8 and B737 MAX 9 aircraft to its fleet over the next four years, complementing the existing B757 and B767 fleet for mid-range flights and transatlantic and European routes.
President and CEO Björgúlfur Jóhannsson said: “Welcoming 16 new aircraft into Icelandair’s fleet over the next four years marks our commitment towards continually improving our customer experience.
“The Boeing B737 MAX family will enable us to continue to strengthen our route network and offer our customers choice and flexibility in this highly competitive environment.”
Icelandair is starting five new North American routes this summer in addition to flights between Dublin and Reykjavík. It has also simplified its onboard product to offer two travel classes, Saga Premium and Economy.
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