Icelandair orders two more Dreamliners

The FL Group, on behalf of Icelandair has exercised purchase rights for two additional firm Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The airplanes will be delivered in 2012, two years after Icelandair takes delivery of its first two Dreamliners, which were ordered in February 2005. The two airplanes have a value of approximately $290 million at list prices. Icelandair has chosen Trent 1000 engines from Rolls-Royce for its Boeing 787 fleet.

“As part of the launch customer team, we have been impressed by the tremendous passenger appeal of the Dreamliner. Adding the 787 to our fleet will attract even more tourism to Iceland. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner can fly to Iceland from anywhere in the world, a 6 billion people marketplace. By introducing this airplane, we are opening up innumerable options for the group’s future development,” said Jón Karl ?“lafsson, president and CEO of the Icelandair Group.

The high-technology, all-new Boeing 787 has booked 345 firm orders with 25 customers since its April 2004 launch, making the 787 the most successful new airplane in Boeing’s history. The Dreamliner’s order book has a value of about $49 billion at current list prices.

The 787 is a family of airplanes carrying 200 to 300 passengers on routes between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 kilometers). The Dreamliner will use 20 percent less fuel than today’s airplanes of comparable size and will provide operators with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity. An innovative new interior environment will provide higher humidity, wider seats and aisles, and larger windows, greatly improving the overall flying experience.