Flag-carrier Icelandair has placed a firm order for 13 Airbus A321XLR. The airline is also planning to lease four A321LRs.
The order is significant, not only for its size but also because Icelandair has never previously operated any Airbus product as the Reykjavik-based carrier currently operates a fleet comprising of 38 Boeing aircraft of various types, plus five De Havilland Canada Dash-8 aircraft inherited from Air Iceland Connect.
”We are very pleased to announce that we have now finalized the purchase agreement with Airbus,” said Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair’s CEO.
“The efficient A321XLR aircraft will further strengthen our business model, increase our flexibility and provide opportunities for future growth, as well as further support our sustainability efforts. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2029 but we plan to have four Airbus aircraft in operation before summer of 2025 and have now secured the lease of new A321LR aircraft with our long-term partner SMBC Aviation Capital Limited”
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Icelandair for placing their trust and confidence in Airbus. It fills us with immense pride to welcome Icelandair as a new Airbus customer,” expressed Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.