hvusslax wrote:Icelandic business newspaper Viðskiptablaðið has some sources saying that Icelandair may end up cutting its fleet down by more than half, perhaps as small as 12 aircraft. Of course, all long term plans have been severely disrupted at most airlines in the world. I wonder what this means for Ielandair's fleet plans. Could this potentially accelerate a switch to an all Airbus fleet? Both because the fleet will be smaller and faster to replace and because there might be more recently built second hand A320/A321 NEOs coming to the market soon and with earlier delivery slots on new ones are also becoming available. But I guess there might be some issues getting rid of the existing fleet. The older 757s can be retired but finding someone to take the MAX off their hands is going to be difficult.
Switching fleets costs money which is something that airlines don’t have. If they are shrinking and cutting staff, going through the costs of buying new planes doesn’t make much sense to me.
It’s about survival and using their existing fleet Of 757s that’s already paid For is a lot cheaper than paying leases on new planes. Fuel is cheap now.