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Icelandair to operate two Boeing 767-300s, Air Iceland to become a new Bombardier Q400 operator

Icelandair Group (Icelandair and Air Iceland) (Reykjavik) has announced Icelandair will operate two Boeing 767-300s. The Group has also announced plans to replace Air Iceland’s aging Fokker 50 fleet with newer Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. The Group issued this statement:

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The Board of Directors of Icelandair Group has decided to update the fleet policies of the subsidiaries Icelandair and Air Iceland.

All five Fokker 50 aircraft that Air Iceland operates will be sold and three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 will replace it. After that Air Iceland will operate five aircraft, three Bombardier Q400 and two Q200. The Q400 aircraft can seat 74 passengers while the Fokker 50 takes 50 passengers.

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The airline’s operations will be simplified and optimised as number of aircraft decrease and synergies will increase as all aircraft will be from the same manufacturer. As the Q400 is faster and has a longer range,

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Air Iceland sees opportunities in new markets. The company will be better equipped to service the domestic market as the aircraft are larger and travel time will be shorter. The airline aims to increase the number of foreign tourists on board its aircraft going forward.

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In 2015 Icelandair will operate 23 Boeing 757-200 that take 183 passengers and one 757-300 that takes 220 passengers. The company owns 22 of those aircraft and leases two that will be redelivered this autumn.

Above Copyright Photo: Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) taxies at London (Heathrow). LHR is a likely place where the larger Boeing 767-300 would be utilized along with New York (JFK).

 

It has been decided that they will be replaced with two Boeing 767-300 aircraft that take 260 passengers that will be added to the route network as of the spring of 2016. Larger aircraft are more feasible due to high load factors on many routes all year round and limited number of landing slots on certain airports. The increase of the fleet in the last few years has made it more economical to have more than one size of aircraft in the fleet. The Boeing 767 aircraft is similar to the 757 in terms of maintenance and crew training and the airline has experience in operating that type.

 

Above Copyright Photo: Daniel White – Bruce Drum Collection. Icelandair is very familiar with the Boeing 767-300 as subsidiary Loftleidir Icelandic has been a past operator of the type. Boeing 767-3Y0 ER TF-FIA (msn 24953) taxies at Sanford (SFB).

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Icelandair Group’s subsidiary, Loftleidir Icelandic, has operated 767 aircraft in leasing projects that have been maintained by Icelandair. The aircraft has longer range than the 757 which will create new opportunities for the route network.

It has not been decided whether the new aircraft will be purchased or leased.

Bjorgolfur Johannsson, President and CEO of Icelandair Group: “Operating one type of aircraft has been very economical for Icelandair but when the route network and the fleet reaches a certain size it becomes more feasible to have a broader range of aircraft in the fleet. High load factors all year round and limited number of landing slots on certain airports also support this decision. In terms of Air Iceland a simpler and more economical fleet will make the operations better as crew training will be simpler.

We foresee further growth opportunities in the coming years with these changes to the fleet policy for passenger aircraft. Both the Boeing 767 and Q400 aircraft can service markets that the current fleet cannot, which will enable us to go into new markets and connect them to the current route network.”

Top Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. The five Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s (Fokker 50s) will be sold. Flugfelag Islands-Air Iceland Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 TF-JMO (msn 20205) lands at the Reykjavik (RKV) base.

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Icelandair Group’s 2014 net profit increases 18% to $66.5 million

Icelandair Group (Icelandair, Air Iceland and Loftleidir) (Reykjavik) reported a 2014 net profit of $66.5 million, up 18% from the previous year. The airline issued this statement:

Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO commented:

“The Group’s performance in 2014 exceeded management projections from the beginning of the year, with EBITDA at the upper limits of the Company’s most recent earnings estimate. Net profit amounted to $66.5 million, up by 18% from last year. EBITDA amounted to $154.3 million, up by 7% between years. Results for the fourth quarter were in line with the earnings estimate published at the end of last October. The strong performance was the result of a number of interacting positive factors, including falling fuel prices, increased demand in the North Atlantic market – which was met by increased supply – and good results from charter operations. The depreciation of the euro against the US dollar had a negative impact on the Group’s operations, and in addition the maintenance cost of cargo aircraft was significantly higher than anticipated.

As of 2010 Icelandair Group’s operations have shown growing momentum. Income has grown by $395 million, amounting to $1.1 billion in 2014. In recent years we have continued to close the ranks of our staff and secured a steady growth of our infrastructure in preparation for the future. Prudence is and will continue to be the key to long-term profitable growth for the Company. A strong equity position and underlying cash flow will underpin our ability to undertake profitable investments to improve our competitiveness for the long term. We have a clear future vision and an outstanding staff, to whom I attribute first and foremost the good results we achieved last year.

We are assuming continued profitable organic growth in Icelandair Group’s operations in 2015. The Group’s international flight schedule will be 14% larger than in 2014, and a significant development in the Company’s hotel operations in Central Reykjavik is foreseeable. On the whole, prospects in the Icelandic tourist industry are positive, and we also believe that the outlook for cargo and charter operations in 2015 is encouraging.

The EBITDA forecast for 2015 has been raised in comparison with 2014, with EBITDA now projected in the range of $160-165 million. The fall in fuel prices is the single cost item most responsible for the rise in EBITDA. It should be noted, however, that external factors, like fluctuations in fuel price and on FX markets along with the outcome of collective-bargaining agreements in the labour market can affect the Company’s performance significantly.”

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. This summer Icelandair will operate 24 Boeing 757 aircraft, one aircraft more than was previously announced. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) climbs away from London (Heathrow) bound for Keflavik near Reykjavik.

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Icelandair to fly to Washington Dulles

Icelandair (Keflavik) will begin seasonal service from Washington Dulles International Airport with four flights a week starting on May 17, 2011 through September 13, 2011.

In addition to Washington, D.C. Icelandair, offers non-stop service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle/Tacoma, and seasonal service from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando (Sanford), Halifax and Toronto (Pearson).

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) climbs away from Heathrow Airport.