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Boeing 737 MAX

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.

We are receiving inquiries about our Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Icelandair does not currently operate the MAX, but as the aircraft have now been recertified, we will start the process to reintroduce them to our flight schedule in 2021. To learn more, read about The Boeing 737 MAX return to service.

General information

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 operating of trans-Atlantic flights the 737 MAX family comprises 4 models aimed at lowering per-seat costs with an emphasis on environmentally friendly air travel. Both the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 have a maximum cruise speed of 839 km/h (521 mph) and a flight range up to 6,510 km (4,045 mi).

A more powerful lightweight engine

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.

737 MAX 8 and 9

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.

Technical Specification

  • Length:39,5 m (129'6")
  • Wingspan:35,9 m (117'10")
  • Cruising speed:839 km/h (521 mph)
  • Maximum range:6,510 km (4,045 mi)
  • Maximum take-off weight:82,200 kg (181,200 lb)
  • Engine:2 x CFM International LEAP-1B
  • Boeing 737 MAX - Seatmap and seat info

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  • Seat Pitch: 40"
  • Seat Widths: 20,5"
  • Backrest Widths: 25,9"
  • Economy
  • Seat Pitch: 31-32"
  • Seat Widths: 17,2"
  • Backrest Widths: 17,2"
  • Our fleet's Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

    Jökulsárlón

    [YUH-kuls-aur-loan]
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    Boeing 737-MAX-8
    Jökulsárlón is a picturesque glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland. Floating on its blue surface are magnificent icebergs from Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.

    Látrabjarg

    [LAU-tra-byarg]
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    Boeing 737-MAX-8
    Látrabjarg is the westernmost point in Iceland and is Europe’s largest bird cliff. This 14-km-long and 440-m-high cape is home to millions of birds, including puffins and razorbills.

    Dyrhólaey

    [DIRH-ho-lah-ay]
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    Boeing 737-MAX-8
    This picturesque 120-m-high promontory on the south coast of Iceland sports a hole large enough for ships to sail through on a calm day. Its name translates to “door hill island.”

    Hvítserkur

    [KVEET-ser-khur]
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    Boeing 737-MAX-9
    Hvítserkur is a 49-feet-high (15 m) basalt rock stack in the sea of Húnaflói Bay. The seawater has carved three large holes through the rock, sculpting and shaping it into this striking form.

    Mývatn

    [MEE-vahtn]
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    Mývatn is a beautiful lake in the north of Iceland with stunning surrounding landscape formed by the volcanic activity of the area.

    Búlandstindur

    [BOO-lahnds-tin-dur]
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    Boeing 737-MAX-8
    Búlandstindur is one of the most beautifully shaped mountains in Iceland. Its pyramid is formed from basaltic strata and thought by some to be one of the energy centers of Iceland.