Icelandair Announces Fleet Changes

Icelandair Group is to sell all five of its Fokker 50 aircraft currently operated by Air Iceland and will replace them with three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s.

Icelandair Group is to sell all five of its Fokker 50 aircraft currently operated by Air Iceland and will replace them with three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s.

The number of available seats will fall from a collective 250 to 225, however, the group says it will benefit from using aircraft from a single manufacturer while the equipment itself is faster and has a longer range.

The group is also adding two 767 aircraft to its fleet in spring 2016, replacing two 757s which are being returned off lease later this year.

“The 767 and Q400 can service markets that the current fleet cannot, which will enable us to go into new markets and connect them to the current route network,” confirmed Bjorgolfur Johannsson, CEO of Icelandair Group.

In 2015, Icelandair will operate 23 757-200s and one 757-300.

“Operating one type of aircraft has been very economical for Icelandair but when the route network and the fleet reaches a certain size it becomes more feasible to have a broader range of aircraft. High load factors all year round and limited number of landing slots on certain airports also support this decision," Johannsson explained.

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