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Icelandair to cease service of Cleveland, and Halifax, says ‘situation’ with a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft ‘played a role’

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Icelandair is the official accuse of “commercial reasons” for his decision to stop the service from Cleveland and Halifax, although a spokesman confirmed that the “situation” with the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft have played a role” in the decision.

The airline’s decision comes almost two weeks after the FAA grounded Boeing Max 8 Max 9 models, which were drawn from the service as a result of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157.

Icelandair operates 36 aircraft, three Boeing 737 Max 8 models, Cleveland.com reported. The airline flights from Cleveland to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, had used that model.

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“We are working on our plans for the summer of 2019, with a focus on our route performances and keeping in mind that our MAX737 aircraft are temporarily suspended from operating activities. We enjoyed working with our partners in Cleveland, but I can confirm that we cancellation of the route for commercial reasons,” said Lea Gestsdóttir Gayet, a spokesman for Icelandair, in a statement shared with Fox News.

The same spokesman said that the route from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was also being cancelled for the same reasons.

Icelandair confirmed that the routes of Cleveland and Halifax would be cancelled for commercial reasons, but “to keep in mind that our MAX737 aircraft are temporarily suspended operations.”
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Earlier this week, however, a separate representative from the airline had informed Cleveland.com that his decision to quit the Cleveland to Reykjavik route, which was planned for the summer, came about as a result of its activities in the middle of the temporary suspension of the Max 8.

“The situation with the Max played a role in it. We have to maximize the fleet we have to go in the summer,” said Icelandair spokesman Michael Raucheisen.

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Gayet statement had also confirmed that It was “still committed to the expansion of our services, with a current network of 19 ports in the North American market, and 23 gateways in Europe, our home base in Keflavík.”

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