I was envisioning the 737MAX doing the bulk of Europe and eastern North America flying. It makes sense to utilize the newest aircraft at the highest levels possible. The 737 also covers the majority of Icelandair's routes. Use the 757s for longer missions to North America - saving hours and cycles on the frames.
As the 757 fleet ages, the number of hours per day would .
I don't think it will be an issue running a 16 frame 737MAX subfleet in the summer with dual banks or to Europe.
It isn't always high season though. Right now though there are approximately 12 flights in the air between US-KEF;
JFK and BOS on a 767 seems to consistently be able to use the passenger capacity and freight. If it didn't it would be cheaper for FI flying something else they have.
IAD, ORD and EWR on 737MAX8. all currently active MAX frames. Financials are probably great on these nice long legs and a potential 18-20 hour use per day. My accountant would be proud of me.
YYZ on 757 (perhaps there isn't one today?). Could probably be a 737MAX if they had one.
TPA, MCO, DEN, SEA, YYR on 757 with frames parked for 22 hours at the outstation. Not an issue on a cheap frame. Yet harder to justify on something you really want spinning as much as possible to make morgage /lease payments and RoI. Also you probably can't make MAX do these anyway.
SFO on 767... because it kinda has to. Having said that they have thrown a 757 at it a few times non stop.
So... what are they going to do with all these MAXs during the lull season? With today's schedule they could use with a total of 4 to the US and possibly a small handful of afternoon flights (depending on the day) to Europe. Life sure was sweet for FI for the 15 years they only had one type of planes for everything.
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