Icelandair always has the safety of passengers and employees at the forefront.
After an extensive process with worldwide participation, the North American and European aviation authorities have now recertified the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Taking 20 months, the recertification process involved expert engineers, scientists, researchers, mechanics and pilots from various countries worldwide, including independent representatives from NASA and the US Air Force.
After the completion of the most thorough inspection process in aviation history, the result is certification from the major authorities, including:
Various improvements to the flight control system have been made during the recertification process.
Boeing carried out more than 1350 test fights and, in addition, all MAX pilots and aircraft mechanics have had (or will undergo) additional training.
The system now compares input from two angle-of-attack sensors as opposed to one; the aircraft only responds if data from both sensors agree and only activates once per event. Furthermore, pilots will always have the ability to override the aircraft’s input.
You can read more about the specifications of the MAX, and other members of our fleet, on the Fleet section of our website.
In this video from Boeing, you can learn more about the updates to the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
Now that the aircraft has been certified, preparations for its return to service are underway. The following steps are taken before the MAX rejoin the Icelandair fleet.
We are confident in the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX but understand if our passengers need more flexibility.
The detailed certification process has solved the software issue. Icelandair is following every directive to make the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft ready for flight, and our experienced pilots will be trained in our world-class training facilities.
We are fully transparent with our customers and specify the aircraft type during the booking process. For existing bookings, this information is available in My Journey.
We understand our customers who choose to fly on another type of aircraft for the time being. Flexible policies are therefore temporarily available for all flights on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
This means that if you have booked directly with Icelandair, and your flight is on the Boeing 737 MAX, you are able to change your booking for free (restricted to travel date and route). You are also able to cancel your booking and receive a travel credit voucher.