Icelandair signed an agreement to purchase a new in flight entertainment system from Thales and new seats from the Italian producer Aviointerios. These agreements confirm the Icelandair strategy of offering its passengers full service on its international flights. The total cost of these two contracts was ISK 1.8 billion. Icelandair Group signed lease agreements with Israir. Latcharter, a Latvian charter airline owned by Loftleiðir Icelandic, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group, reached an agreement with Israir to lease two Airbus A320 aircraft to the Israeli airline for three years. Loftleiðir Icelandic simultaneously renewed a contract for the lease of one Boeing 767-300ER to Israir until the end of 2007. The combined worth of these contracts was 3.5 billion ISK or 50 million USD
Icelandair Group published its first ever annual result and became part of the OMXI 15 index. Key figures in this first annual result were: net profits before taxes (EBT) ISK 3,060 billion in 2006, EBITDA ISK 6,058 billion in 2006, Operating profit (EBIT) ISK 3,326 billion, up 28%, net earnings ISK 2,615 billion, equity ratio 34%, net operating cash ISK 6.4 billion and total assets ISK 76.6 billion at year end 2006.
Icelandair Group signs agreements worth a combined ISK 8.3 billion with a Virgin subsidiary and Air Malta. Latcharter, the Latvian airline owned by Loftleiðir Icelandic, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group signed an agreement with Virgin Nigeria Airlines, a subsidiary of Virgin Atlantic Airways to operate two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the daily flight route between London, England and Johannesburg, South-Africa, through Lagos, Nigeria. Latcharter also reached an agreement with the Maltese national carrier, Air Malta, to lease one Airbus A320 aircraft for two years to Air Malta.
Icelandair won a top spot in the annual Technology for Marketing (TFM) Awards, held in London and Icelandair also walked away with the best Icelandic web award and best corporate website during the annual Icelandic web awards.
Icelandair took home 4 awards from the Icelandic Advertising Awards. Icelandair, which had been nominated for 10 awards, ended up being the most awarded company this year. Icelandair won in the key categories of best newspaper advertising, television advertising, magazine advertising and advertising campaign. The first Icelandair Group Annual General Meeting was held in Reykjavik at the Nordica Hotel. The Annual Report was simultaneously published on paper and online at annualreport2006.icelandairgroup.com.
In April 40 children received grants from the Icelandair Special Children Fund. 40 children were given the grant award for the trip of a lifetime on the first day of the Icelandic summer, 30 children from Iceland and 10 from the United States. This year 70 children and their families received grants from The Icelandair Special Children Fund as part of the 70th anniversary of Icelandair Group. Iceland Travel moved it offices to a new location in Reykjavik. After 16 years in the same location, the company has now moved to new and improved offices that allow for a single floor operation for the first time.
Icelandair Group signs a letter of intent for the acquisition of Travel Service the largest privately owned airline in the Czech Republic. Travel Service operates charter flights to and from Prague and Budapest and also owns and operates the low cost airline Smart Wings. The turnover of Travel Service in 2006 was ISK 18 billion (EUR 190 Million). The company operates a total of 12 Boeing 737-800 and 737-500 passenger aircraft, carried over 1.8 million passengers last year and flies to multiple destinations on four continents.
Icelandair Cargo and Icelease, subsidiaries of Icelandair Group sign an agreement with Avion Aircraft Trading on the lease and purchase of four new Airbus A330-200 freighter aircraft.
The first Icelandair morning flight to the US departs for New York and marks a milestone in the history of Icelandair and flights from Iceland to North America. Icelandair resumes flights to Halifax, Canada.
Hilton Hotels Corporation announces that it will enter into a Franchise Agreement with Icelandair Hotels, a fully owned subsidiary of Icelandair Group, for the 252 room 4-star Nordica Hotel in Reykjavik.
Icelandair Group, celebrated its 70th anniversary as Flugfélag Akureyrar, the predecessors of Icelandair, was established on 3 June 1937. Icelandair Group made a historic contribution to the Icelandic Aviation museum to mark the anniversary.
Saga Capital Investment Bank hf. and Icelandair Group signed a market making agreement whereby Saga Capital acts as a market maker for shares issued by Icelandair Group.
Icelandair Hotels announced plans for a new downtown hotel. Icelandair Hotels intend to construct a new hotel at Lækjargata 12 in the centre of Reykjavík. The new hotel, which has not yet been named, will be a fourstar, 133-bedroom luxury hotel with a gym in the basement, restaurant on the ground floor and a fabulous lounge on the top floor. Icelandair introduces both a new pricing structure and fare rules with an emphasis on more flexibility and transparency for its customers.
Icelandair announces that it will add Toronto flights to its schedule in the spring of 2008. This decision was taken following the completion of the new Open Skies agreement between Iceland and Canada. This is intended to be in addition to the Halifax flights and services to Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa and St. John in Canada are also being considered.
Boeing unveils the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Seattle. Icelandair Group has made an agreement to purchase four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, which are a great opportunity for Icelandair Group. The design and production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is based upon new technology. It’s expected to use 20% less fuel and produce 20% less CO2 than aircraft flying today.
Icelandair Group Financial Results for the first half of 2007. Total revenue for the first half of 2007 was ISK 28.1 billion compared to ISK 24.1 billion during the first half of 2006, an increase of 17%. Total revenue for Q2 2007 was ISK 16.2 billion compared to ISK 14.5 billion for 2006, an increase of 12%.
Icelandair Group was awarded the new annual Icelandic Transportation Award, created by the Icelandic Minister of Transportation, on 21 August 2007. This new award was presented to Icelandair Group in recognition of its contribution in the field of aviation and its pioneering work in building up the aviation and travel industries in Iceland.
New Board of Directors elected at Icelandair Group shareholders meeting. Finnur Ingólfsson stepped down as chairman of the Board and Gunnlaugur M Sigmundsson was elected the new chairman, reflecting the changes in the ownership of Icelandair Group.
Icelandair Awards USD 100 million maintenance contract to Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce signed a engine overhaul agreement with Icelandair, covering the RB211-535s which power the airline’s fleet of 21 Boeing 757s.
Loftleiðir Icelandic, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group, has negotiated with Papua New Guinea flag carrier, Air Niugini, to charter one Boeing 727-200 jet for one year. The estimated value of the contract is ISK 850 million.
The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica opened its doors to its first guests, becoming the first Hilton to operate in Iceland. The hotel, run by Icelandair Hotels under a franchise agreement with Hilton, is the largest in Iceland and considered to be one of the region’s flagship hotel properties. Hilton Hotels Corporation now operates seven properties across the Nordic region, with hotels in Stockholm, Malmö, Copenhagen and Helsinki, including the recently opened Hilton Helsinki Vantaa Airport.
In October Icelandair Cargo kicked off a new weekly freighter services between Reykjavik (Keflavik) and Stockholm (Arlanda). The service is operated on Wednesdays with dedicated freighter aircraft.
In October Icelandair Group invited a group of investors and analysts from the banks and other key investors to Prague to learn more about the operations of the Global Capacity Solutions part of Icelandair Group.
Icelandair Cargo in cooperation with Fly Fresh Freight, a Canadian freight forwarder, started a direct Boeing 757-200 freighter service between Keflavik, Iceland and Gander, Newfoundland.
Icelandair Group published its quarterly financial results for Q3 2007. Net Q3 profit 2007 was ISK 2.1 billion compared to a net profit of ISK 2.5 billion in Q3 2006. Total revenue for Q3 2007 was ISK 20.0 billion compared to ISK 19.5 billion for Q3 2006, an increase of 3%.
Icelandair received the Icelandic Continuous Education Award which recognizes the outstanding Icelandic company in terms of continuous education for its staff. The award was presented to Icelandair by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson the president of Iceland.
Icelandair announces plans to shift its in focus in North-Atlantic flights in 2008. Toronto is a new destination, while Baltimore operations will be shut down. More capacity added to London, up to 5 daily flights to Copenhagen, along with morning departures to the US.
The Board of Directors of Icelandair Group announces changes in the key management of the Group as it’s announced that Jón Karl Ólafsson will step down as President and CEO and that Björgólfur Jóhannsson has been appointed as the new President and CEO of Icelandair Group.