STOCKHOLM Dec 6 Boeing said it had
reached an agreement to supply Icelandair with 12
737 MAX aircraft which have a $1.2 billion list price.
Icelandair said on Thursday it had purchase rights for
another 12 aircraft. It planned to fund the acquisition from
internal resources as well as loans from banks.
"The company is in discussions with Export-Import Bank of
the United States about possible financing support," it said. It
noted that the $1.2 billion price was the list price and that
the actual purchase price was confidential.
Boeing said it was finalising the details, after which time
it would post the deal as a firm order.
The airline is buying 8 737 MAX8 aircraft and 4 737 MAX9
planes. The MAX aircraft are a variant of the Boeing 737 and
will first enter service in 2017. The first delivery to
Icelandair is scheduled in the first half of 2018.
"Fuel savings compared to Icelandair's present fleet of
Boeing 757 is more than 20 percent per seat," the airline said.
Icelandair operates a fleet of 23 757 airplanes for both its
passenger and cargo operations.
The airline reported a 20 percent rise in pretax profit in
the third quarter to $64.8 million and has benefited from
increasing tourism to Iceland.
It said in the quarterly report that the number of
passengers on international flights rose 11 percent to 745,000