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Over the last few years, Boeing has developed a new aircraft that combines less fuel use, less noise and an innovative redesign of the aircraft cabin. Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 are the latest additions to our fleet.
Based on Boeing 737 NG, the best-selling aircraft of all time, Boeing 737 MAX is a twin-engine airliner that brings together impressive performance parameters and comfortable flying experience. Taking one step further in operation of trans-Atlantic flights the 737 MAX family comprises of 4 models aimed at lowering per-seat costs with an emphasis on environmentally friendly air travel. Both Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 have a maximum cruise speed of 839 km/h (521 mph) and flight range up to 6,510 km (4,045 mi).
The Boeing 737 MAX uses 37% less fuel per trip compared to the Boeing 757-200, which currently makes up the bulk of the Icelandair fleet, and 14% less than the Boeing 737 NG type of aircraft. The 737 MAX also leaves a 40% smaller noise footprint than its predecessors, even though the engines are more powerful. This is due, both to a new aerodynamic design of the body and wings (notably spilt tip winglets) and an innovative design of the engines.
The engine blades are made of super strong carbon, woven together with a 3D-technique. This means each engine is over 500 lbs lighter than before, saving fuel and creating less pollution.
Icelandair has ordered nine 737 MAX 8 and seven MAX 9 aircraft. The aircraft will be fitted with all the comforts Icelandair passengers have come to expect, including in-flight entertainment systems, gate-to-gate Wi-Fi access, and plenty of legroom. The MAX 8 is 39.5 meters (129 feet, 8 inches) long with seating for 160 using Icelandair’s configuration, while the longer MAX 9, at 42.2 meters (138 feet 4 inches), will have room for 178 passengers. The aircraft have a greater flight range than previous 737 models and will help to increase Icelandair’s flexibility and efficiency.