May 7. In March 2018, Icelandair celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 737 MAX. Today, the airline holds eight 737 MAX 8s and four 737 MAX 9 aircraft in its fleet. With the type continuing to grow its presence across operations, Simple Flying recently caught up with the company’s CEO, Bogi Nils Bogason, to talk about opportunities with the plane.
The flag carrier of Iceland’s 737 MAXs have a busy summer schedule, being placed on 22 routes in mid-August. These single-aisle planes will be mostly seen on services to Boston and Copenhagen. Yet, they will also be well spotted across the operator’s broader network.
The aircraft has been deployed as far as Seattle and Portland on the West Coast of the United States. In practice, the positioning of Icelandair’s home of Reykjavík-Keflavík and the MAX’s high range, allows the carrier to reach plenty of core distant markets on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bogason emphasizes that when his airline made the initial order for the 737 MAX, his airline didn’t expect that the plane would cover such a large portion of its network.
Source: Simple Flying