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05/02/2017 | 12:00 AM

Rolls-Royce Joins Icelandair to Celebrate Special Anniversary

Quincy, MA, May 2, 2017 - Rolls-Royce joined Icelandair today to commemorate 60 years of providing power for the airline’s fleet. Both companies celebrated the anniversary in Iceland, with passengers receiving a commemorative gift on selected flights.

Icelandair has a special place in the history of Rolls-Royce, setting a number of records for the RB211-535E4 engines it operates. In 2000, Icelandair set a world record for continuous time on wing, from entry into service, when one engine achieved 40,531 flying hours, covering 18 million miles – the equivalent of 37 return trips to the moon.

Bruce Blythe, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Customers, Civil Aerospace, said: “Icelandair is a special customer and a history-maker in the RB211 story. Today, we continue to support Icelandair in service and look forward to the continued development of this longstanding relationship.”

Jens Bjarnason, Senior Vice President Icelandair Operations, said: “Rolls-Royce has played an important part in our success story and continue to do so. They have not only delivered reliable power to us, but just as importantly they have continued to service and support their engines, ensuring our aircraft are available to fly.”

Icelandair currently operates 28 Boeing 757 aircraft powered by the RB211-535E4 and last year signed an order for further Rolls-Royce engine support through the SelectCare CareService.

The Rolls-Royce history with Icelandair comprises:

• Vickers Viscount 1957-1967 – Dart engines
• Canadair CL-44 1964-1973 – Tyne engines
• Fokker F27 1965-1993 – Dart engines
• Boeing 757 1990+ - RB211-535E4 engines

This year, Icelandair celebrates 80 years as an airline and is planning a series of events to mark the anniversary.

For additional information about Icelandair’s fares to Iceland and beyond, please visit or call (877) I-FLY-ICE.

Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago-ORD, Denver, Edmonton, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Newark, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.; and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Montreal, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 25 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.