Icelandair replaces Boeing 757 with Airbus A321LR/XLR

Boeing 757-200 (Photo: Mario Caruana / MAviO News).
Boeing 757-200 (Photo: Mario Caruana / MAviO News).

Icelandair replaces Boeing 757 with Airbus A321LR/XLR

Boeing 757-200 (Photo: Mario Caruana / MAviO News).
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The Icelandic airline Icelandair has been thinking about ordering the A321LR/XLR models from Airbus for some time. In fact, the company has been a Boeing customer for many years, but the US manufacturer can no longer deliver the B757 model that Icelanders really love, so they looked around at Airbus.

A letter of intent to purchase 13 A321XLRs has now been signed. At the same time, Icelandair secured options for up to 12 additional units. At least four A321LRs are to be obtained from lessors. The new additions are not only intended to form the basis for further expansion, but also to replace the Boeing 757, some of which are getting on in years.

The first four A321LRs are expected to join the fleet from 2025. Intensive talks are being held with lessors on this. It is also indicated that further copies will follow, because in this regard, too, negotiations are taking place with both Lessors and the European aircraft manufacturer.

The first example of the A321XLR order is expected in 2029. The 13 units are to be taken over successively. At a later point in time you want to decide whether the 12 options are drawn or not. In general, these are the first Airbus machines in Icelandair's fleet, as they have always been a loyal Boeing customer. The A321LR/XLR aircraft will operate alongside the B737 Max fleet. Since 2019 there has been open speculation as to whether the aging 757 machines will be replaced by European models. At times, the Boeing 737-Max-10 was also up for discussion.

“The B757 has been the cornerstone of Icelandair's operations since the 1990s. Their unique skills have underpinned the successful development of our extensive route network and competitive transatlantic hub, utilizing Iceland's unique geographic location to connect North America and Europe via Iceland. The award-winning Airbus aircraft will not only enable us to further develop our proven business model around transatlantic flights, but also open up opportunities for future growth by opening up new and interesting markets," says company boss Bogi Nils Bogason.

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