Bluebird Nordic Leases Boeing 777-300ER Airliners

Vala Hafstað

The Icelandic air freight company Bluebird Nordic has signed three lease agreements for Boeing 777-300ER wide-body airliners, the world’s largest twin-engine airliners, Morgunblaðið reports. The company already operates Boeing 737 aircraft, which are considerably smaller.

“The value of the lease agreements amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars, states the company’s CEO Sigurður Ágústsson. “Bluebird Nordic would not have made this investment alone, but with the help of its parent and sister companies, we’ve succeeded in securing wide-body airliners for use in air freight, starting in 2024. Until then, Bluebird Nordic will operate the airliners, once they’re listed on the company’s air operating license, for air freight and so-called VIP passenger flights.”

Two of the aircraft can currently transport up to 60 tons of freight, but after the modifications in 2024, they will each be able to transport up to 100 tons.

If this operation by Bluebird Nordic goes well, the company will most likely add more wide-body airliners to its fleet, states Gediminas Žiemelis, founder and head of the board of ASG (Avia Solutions Group), the Lithuanian company that purchased Bluebird Nordic in early 2020 from its Icelandic owners. He adds that with this investment, the company is entering wide-body freighter operations. 

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