Icelandair Announces Order for 16 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft
Icelandair announced an order for 16 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The order, valued at $1.6 billion, includes 737 Max 8 and Max 9s, as well as purchase rights for an additional eight 737 Maxs.
The airline had originally placed an order for 12 737 aircraft in December of 2012. The increase brings Boeing’s total number of 737 Maxs orders to 1,180. The first 737 Maxs will be delivered to customers in 2017.
The 737 Max has CFM International Leap-1B engines, which allow for a 13% improvement in fuel use over other single-aisle aircraft.
Icelandair currently operates a fleet of 23 Boeing 757 aircraft. Founded in 1937, the airline serves 35 cities in 16 countries in Europe and North America.
The Boeing 737 is currently operated by more than 500 airlines worldwide. Over 10,000 have been ordered and 7,000 have been delivered since its launch in 1968.