REYKJAVIK, ISLANDIcelandic freighter operator Bluebird Nordic has announced that it would add 25 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to the carrier's existing fleet by the end of 2024.

Siggi Agustsson, Bluebird Nordic's CEO and Managing Director said the growing demand for cargo transport during the pandemic is one of the main reasons behind this exciting new development in the company's growth plan.

Currently operating a fleet of one Boeing 737-300 and 7 Boeing 737-400 full freighter aircraft, the new acquisition will see the fleet size grow to thirty-three aircraft, more than tripling its capacity in the process. The 25 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be a welcome addition to the existing fleet and will offer enormously increased capacity and overall efficiency in servicing its clients' demands.

The B737-800 freighter can carry an additional 4 tons more than the current in-service Boeing 737-400, while also offering increased cargo volume with an extra pallet position on the aircraft's main deck.

Additionally, the aircraft's advanced fuel-burn ratio and better technical reliability will position the new aircraft as a more sustainable and environmentally sensitive option for the company's cargo customers.

The first Boeing 737-800 will join the fleet in September 2021, followed by a second in October 2021.