There’s a fresh breeze blowing in the world of aviation as Icelandair orders its first-ever Airbus aircraft. The Keflavik-based airline has just ordered 13 state-of-the-art Airbus A321XLR (extra long-range) aircraft. The Icelandic flagship also has plans on the horizon to lease four A321LRs (long-range).
Advantages of Airbus A321XLRs for Iceland Air’s Fleet
With the Airbus A321XLR’s unmatched long-range capabilities, Icelandair aims to conquer new frontiers in the aviation market. These cutting-edge aircraft don’t just ensure cost-effective operations; they’re a tangible expression of Icelandair’s commitment to sustainable practices. And let’s not forget the passengers—they’re in for a treat with unparalleled cabin comfort.
Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair’s CEO, said, “We’re delighted to confirm our purchase agreement with Airbus. The A321XLR is a game-changer for us, bolstering our business model and offering increased flexibility. It’s a stepping stone towards future growth and aligns perfectly with our sustainability goals. The first aircraft is set to join our fleet in 2029, but we’re not waiting till then. We’re planning to have four Airbus aircraft soaring through the skies by summer 2025, thanks to a lease agreement with our long-term partner SMBC Aviation Capital Limited.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, reciprocated the sentiment, “We’re truly grateful to Icelandair for entrusting their future with Airbus. Welcoming Icelandair into the Airbus family is a proud moment for us. The A321XLR’s exceptional performance will empower the airline to forge a path of sustainable growth with significantly reduced CO2 emissions. It’s a win-win.”
Flying Green: Icelandair Airbus A321XLR
The Airbus A321XLR is the latest jewel in the crown of the A320neo family. Airbus designed this aircraft to meet the market’s increased range and payload demand. The A321XLR promises an impressive range of up to 4,700 nm. That’s a 15% increase over the A321LR, with 30% less fuel burn per seat than its predecessor. The A321XLR also boasts lower NOx emissions and noise levels.
Onboard, passengers will enjoy a transformative travel experience with the new Airspace cabin, featuring the same high-comfort seats in all classes as a long-haul wide-body but with the cost benefits of a single-aisle aircraft.
As of May 2023, the A320neo Family had clocked in 8,750 orders from 136 customers across the globe.