Icelandic aircraft were put to good use when war broke out in Biafra in the years 1967-70. The war caused devastating human suffering, and Nordic Christian charities tried to help by sending food to starving people. Two of Loftleidir Icelandic's DC-6B aircraft were used.
In 1969, a special company, "Flughjálp" or "Aid by Air", was established to take over this work. Loftleidir Icelandic owned a 20% share of this company. Many Icelandic pilots took part in Biafra flights, including Thorsteinn E. Jónsson, who controlled flights for the last 16 months of the war.