Renton - On February 28, Icelandair officially took possession of the first of the nine 737 MAX 8s ordered with a ceremony held in Boeing's Renton factory.

The arrival of the new aircraft represents a milestone, the start of the renewal of our fleet which is an exciting undertaking for Icelandair,

said Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO Icelandair.

The MAX will be an excellent addition to our fleet of Boeing 757's and 767's and increase both flexibility and capacity for the growth of our network, through added frequencies and new destinations, he added

The aircraft is configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business class, 12 in Premium and 126 in Economy, while the configuration of the seven future 737 MAX 9 is not yet known. The flight to its base Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport is not planned earlier than a week.

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The 737 MAX will complement Icelandair's trans-Atlantic operations, continuing to seamlessly link points between North America and Europe,
said Monty Oliver, vice-president of Europe Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The incredible operating efficiencies of the 737 MAX family will allow Icelandair to steadily and profitably grow its network in the coming years as it introduces both MAX 8s and MAX 9s into its fleet,
he added.

Icelandair will deploy its first 737 MAX 8 from April 6 on six weekly rotations to Berlin-Tegel, a route inaugurated last November; Paris-Orly early May; Bergen, Hamburg, and Oslo in the summer. Icelandair did not specify when the 737 MAX 8s will be used on the transatlantic network. Further details should be revealed during the first commercial flight to Berlin-Tegel, Germany. The Icelandic company operates an all-Boeing fleet, 27, 757-200, two 757-300 and four 767-300ER. The airline expects only two more 737 MAX 8 by the end of this year.