Icelandair, the national airline of Iceland, has announced that it will be resuming flights using the Boeing 737 Max from 8th March 2021 following the approval by Boeing and aviation authorities to operate the aircraft again following its grounding in 2019.
This means that Icelandair is the third European airline to resume flights following TUIfly in Belgium and SmartWings in Czechia. With further airlines such as TUI UK and Ryanair to commence further Max operations later this year.
According to airline data provided by Fresh Aviation Data, Icelandair currently has a fleet of 9 B737 Max aircraft comprising the 8 and 9 variants all currently in storage or parked following manufacture.
This week Icelandair ferried TF-ICN and TF-ICO from storage in Lleida to Keflavik ready to resume operations, it expects to receive further 8 and 9 variants from storage over the coming months as well as recieving further deliveries of the 8 and 9 variant between March 2021 and March 2022.