Icelandair picks up two more 757s

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Icelandair Group has acquired two more Boeing 757-200s, a fleet expansion previously planned in order for the carrier to serve additional destinations in 2013.

The carrier had operated 16 aircraft in 2012 but said it intended to have 18 this year.

Icelandair Group says the two additional 757s "have been purchased", without giving further details on the acquisition price. But it says the twinjets were acquired with the group's own funds.

"Both aircraft will undergo the usual modification process to meet the company's standards prior to being taken into use," it says.

It says the aircraft will be ready for operations in May.

Icelandair Group has recently opted to take 12 Boeing 737 Max twinjets, both the -8 and -9 variants, to operate alongside its 757s.