… former Herald reporter Susanna Ray, now with Bloomberg News, reports from Frankfurt, Germany, on Icelandair’s plans to get into the jet leasing business. It’s not a huge order for Boeing, but it’s a big deal in Reykjavik — an airline with 12 planes in its fleet has ordered 10 new planes.
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Boeing Wins Icelandair Leasing Unit’s 10-Plane Order
By Susanna Ray
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) — Boeing Co., the world’s second-biggest
planemaker, received an order for 10 737-800 airliners from
Icelandair Hf, worth about $650 million at list prices, as
Iceland’s biggest carrier sets up a plane-leasing business.
The contract for the 162- to 189-seat medium-range airliner
also includes options for five more 737-800s, Chicago-based Boeing
said today in an e-mailed statement.
The planes, which were bought at “a very favorable price”
in Icelandair’s biggest-ever order, will be delivered starting in
2006 and provided to Chinese airlines, the Reykjavik-based carrier
said in a separate release on its Web site.
Boeing earlier this month beat larger competitor Airbus SAS
with a 10-plane 737-800 order from TUI AG’s Hapag-Lloyd Flug
airline unit. Toulouse, France-based Airbus, which overtook Boeing
in plane deliveries in 2003, in November won a 70-plane, 40-option
order worth as much as $6.6 billion for its competing A320 model
from Air Berlin GmbH, Europe’s third-biggest low-cost airline.
Icelandair’s nine-month net income rose 56 percent to 2.68
billion kronur ($43 million), and sales rose 14 percent to 34
billion kronur, as the airline added flights and cut fares to
Chairman Hannes Smarason said in November the company may
increase its 10.1 percent stake in EasyJet Plc, Europe’s second-
biggest discount airline, to grow outside Iceland.
Icelandair said Jan. 12 that it had bought three used Boeing
737-500s from Ireland’s state-owned Aer Lingus to lease to Air
Baltic in Latvia as it formed a 49 percent-owned plane-leasing
venture. The company didn’t identify the business’s other owners.
The airline expects to sign leasing accords this year through
the Sunrock subsidiary of Sojitz Corp. a Japanese trading company,
Icelandair said today.
The Icelandic carrier has an all-Boeing fleet of 12 aircraft,
according to its Web site. The average age of the 10 airplanes
used in international passenger operations is 6.4 years.
Icelandair, which flies to 20 destinations in 10 countries in
Europe and North America, carried 1.3 million passengers last
year, an 18 percent increase from 2003.
The company raised 3.8 billion kronur in a share sale Nov. 10
and had about 10 billion kronur in cash and equivalents on hand at
the end of Sept. 30.
Shares of Icelandair rose as much as 8.3 percent and were up
0.55 krona, or 4.6 percent, at 12.65 kronur at 3:55 p.m. in
Reykjavik, valuing the company at 32.1 billion kronur. Boeing
shares in New York were up 5 cents, or 0.1 percent, at $49.89
after rising as much as 1 percent.