At this time, Icelandair was in no financial position to renew its fleet, and most of its purchases were made at cut-price sales. The airline bought three DC-8-63 jets on good terms, and sold them four years later for twice the price they paid. But new aircraft were not on the shopping list, even though some of the airline's planes were 20 years old.
The carrier needed to find new ways to satisfy passengers' differing spending power and their demands for comfort. They decided to divide the cabin space, and offer more comfortable facilities and more service for a higher ticket price. This innovation, introduced on 1 April 1984, was dubbed Saga Class. At first, passengers in the new class had to sit in similar seats to those in economy class. Eventually, in 1988, wider seats were installed for those paying the higher fares.