Icelandair Group´s fleet comprised at 31.12 2020 a total of 46 aircraft, of which 36 were owned by the Company.
Aircraft typeIcelandairCargoLoftleiðirAir Iceland
OwnedLeasedChange from 31.12.19
B757 200 16 2 6   24 21 3 -5
B757 300 2       2 2    
B737 MAX 8 5       5 2 3  
B737 MAX 9 1       1   1  
B767 300 4   2   6 5 1  
B737 700     1   1   1  
B737 800     1   1   1  
Bombardier Q200        3 3 3    
Bombardier Q400        3  3  3    
Total 28 2 10 6 46 36 10 -5


Icelandair Group Fleet

The Boeing 757 offer a long range and low ownership costs which makes them ideal for the US West Coast and Canada operations. Low ownership cost is beneficial during the low season and to maintain fleet size flexibility.

The Boeing 767 offer high passenger loads along with great cargo capacity into high density markets in Europe and on the US East Coast. Crew commonality with Boeing 757 increases operational efficiency through for example, more network flexibility, increased pilot utilization and lower training costs.

The Boeing 737-MAX8 and MAX9 offer lower operating costs into Europe and North America. They are perfect to open new markets as well as keeping costs low within the Company's core operations. The MAX aircraft can serve 85% of destinations and 90% of flights in Icelandair’s 2020 flight schedule.

The Bombardier Q200 are capable for the short and often rough airfields that are prominent in Greenland and some of the Company's smaller domestic destinations, with the ability to add extra cargo hold when needed.

The Bombardier Q400 have excellent range and speed, along with longer fuselage, making them ideal in shorter international flights as well as being well utilized for the more popular domestic destinations.

Fleet strategy

The Company’s base fleet plan does not require additional aircraft commitments until 2024. The Boeing 757 phase-out continues and will be managed in line with aircraft capacity requirement as new aircraft are added to the fleet. In 2020, three of the Company´s Boeing 757s were sold for freighter conversions and other four Boeing 757 retired and entered a part-out and teardown programs. Icelandair has been exploring several options regarding the long-term replacement of the Boeing 757 and has added several Boeing 737 MAX to its fleet.

Within its domestic and regional markets, the deployment of the Bombardier Q200s with their 37 seats and the Bombardier Q400s with their 76 seats, preserves the Company’s flexibility to meet differences in market demand, while at the same time streamlining operations by focusing on a single aircraft manufacturer within domestic and regional operations that provides the economic advantage of being able to offer the same training for all flight crew. In order to adjust the required number of aircraft in line with changes in the regional market, Air Iceland Connect entered into a dry lease contract of one of its Q400 to LAM Mozambique Airlines. The aircraft was delivered in December 2019 and the contract is for five years.

The long-term fleet plan of the Company will remain under review and the Company is well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in aircraft markets as the industry reorganizes.