Icelandair is to add a summer service to Detroit next year using Boeing 737 Max jets, picking up a route previously served by now defunct Icelandic rival Wow Air.

Icelandair will begin the four-times weekly service on 18 May, serving the route until the end of October.

Icelandair Boeing 737 Max

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Icelandair, which will serve Detroit with Boeing 737 Max narrowbodies, aims to have 20 of the jets by the end of 2023

Icelandair chief executive Bogi Nils Bogason says: “These new flights will not only help meet the demands of a growing Detroit but also offer more options for Midwestern business and leisure travellers connecting from the Midwest region.”

It marks another all-new US destination for Icelandair, having launched its first service to Raleigh Durham this summer. Initially a summer-only service, Icelandair extended operation of the route for the rest of this year and will resume flights earlier in the spring.

Reykjavik was briefly connected to Detroit by Wow Air, which served the route in 2018 until its collapse in the spring of 2019.

It will be a seventh European destination for Detroit, which is already connected to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Rome Fiumicino, Cirium schedules data shows.

Earlier this month Icelandair announced plans to start its first flights to Prague next summer, together with restoring a connection to Barcelona.