Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) has taken delivery of its first of seven B737-9s due from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare). On lease from BOC Aviation, TF-ICA (msn 44357) was positioned from Everett to Reykjavik Keflavik on Friday, February 22.

According to its financial reports, Icelandair is expecting three MAX 9s and three B737-8s in 2019 followed by three more MAX 9s and two more MAX 8s in 2020. In 2021, one MAX 8 and 9 are expected to arrive.

Icelandair Group currently operates four MAX 8s, twenty-two B757-200s, one B757-200(PCF), two B757-300s, and four B767-300(ER)s. Its Loftleidir Icelandic (Reykjavik Keflavik) subsidiary operates a single B757-200.

Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason told AirlineGeeks in an interview earlier this month that talks with Airbus and Boeing over a replacement for its B757 fleet have already begun. The Americans have put forward their NMA/B797 proposal while the Europeans have pitched their A321neo. A decision on the B757s' future will be made in September/October of this year and may result in them “exiting the fleet earlier than the current 2025 scheduled date.”

Bogason added that Icelandair will, however, keep its four ex-Air New Zealand B767s for a while longer.