The Icelandair airline is operating on Monday its first commercial flight in a Boeing 737 MAX 8 in nearly two years, between Reykjavik and Copenhagen.
This March 8, 2021 at 7.45 am, the MAX 8 of the Icelandic national carrier registered YF-IC took off from its base in Reykjavik-Keflavik bound for Copenhagen airport, where it is due to land at 11.45 am; its return flight will leave Denmark at 1:05 p.m. to land at 3:25 p.m. The same aircraft, which made three training trips on Saturday in the Icelandic capital, will operate the same route tomorrow, according to Flightradar24.
Icelandair had received four of the five MAX 8s expected as well as one of the seven MAX 9s ordered in March 2019, when Boeing’s re-engined single-aisle aircraft were grounded around the world following two accidents that claimed 346 lives at Lion Air and then Ethiopian. Airlines. Its MAX 8 are configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business class and 144 in Economy, and the MAX 9 in 16 + 162.
We are completely transparent with our customers and specify the type of aircraft during the booking process. For existing bookings, this information is available in My Journey. We understand our customers who choose to fly a different type of aircraft at this time. Flexible policies are therefore temporarily available for all flights on the Boeing 737 MAX. This means that if you booked directly with Icelandair and your flight is on the Boeing 737 MAX, you can change your booking free of charge (limited to the date and route of travel). You can also cancel your reservation and receive a travel credit voucher.
Icelandair is the third European company to put the 737 MAX back into service after the EASA green light at the end of January, after TUI Fly Belgium and Smartwings in the Czech Republic.
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The low cost Norwegian Air Shuttle, which had initially ordered a hundred, has just announced that they will no longer fly (according to an interview with CFO Geir Karlsen at E24), while the best customer of the remotorized single-aisle on the old continent , Ryanair, saw the appearance of the first unit in the colors of its Malta Air subsidiary of the expected 210 MAX 8-200s (some of those intended for Buzz in Poland were assembled several weeks ago). While LOT Polish Airlines is preparing the return to service of its own.
More than one hundred MAX have to date returned to service around the world.