Icelandair flew a Boeing 737 Max jet yesterday for the first time in almost two years. The jets were grounded around the world in March 2019 after a failure in their software caused two fatal accidents. Since then, the aircrafts’ computer equipment has been updated in accordance with aviation authorities’ requirements. Icelandair is giving passengers the option to change their flights at no cost if they prefer not to fly on the jets.
Icelandair’s Boeing 737 Max jet named Mývatn landed safely in Copenhagen yesterday morning after a three-hour flight from Iceland. Icelandair PRO Ásdís Ýr Pétursdóttir told RÚV the flight went according to plan, and there were few requests from passengers to change their tickets. For the time being, Icelandair is allowing passengers scheduled on 737 Max jets to do so at no additional cost.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency approved the use of the MAX aircraft at the end of January, and the US Federal Aviation Administration authorised passenger flights in mid-November.