Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Icelandair have celebrated the delivery of the airline´s first 737 MAX airplane as the Icelandic carrier seeks to grow and renew its fleet and enhance its trans-Atlantic operations, the company said.
The MAX, a new and improved version of Boeing´s 737 airplane, will join Icelandair´s fleet of Boeing 757 and 767 jets in serving destinations throughout North America and Europe.
Icelandair placed an order for 16 737 MAXs in 2013, including the MAX 8 and larger MAX 9 models. Both airplanes offer airlines exceptional performance with lower seat-mile costs and more range (up to 3,515 nautical miles or 6,510 kilometers) to open new routes profitably.
The 737 MAX family is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and includes design updates such as Boeing´s Advanced Technology winglet that will result in less drag and further optimize the 737 MAX performance, especially on longer-range missions. Together, these improvements reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by at least 14 percent compared to today´s Next-Generation 737s — and by 20 percent more than the single-aisle airplanes they replace.
Icelandair is a airline offering flights to, from and via Iceland. Its operational strategy is based on the geographical position of Iceland, midway between North Europe and the eastern coast of the USA. Icelandair connects 26 gateways in Europe with 23 gateways in North America, through Reykjavik-Keflavik as a hub.