Giant step

Giant step

1937

Starting commercial flights in a country of just 117,000 must have been no easy task, but on June 3rd 1937, Icelanders took a bold step and set up a public company called Flugfélag Akureyrar. The man at the forefront of this initiative was Agnar Kofoed-Hansen, who later became Director-General of Civil Aviation in Iceland.

The new company bought a Waco seaplane and named it TF-ÖRN. The aircraft arrived in Iceland in the spring of 1938, and despite early difficulties, domestic flights began. Here, Kristinn Jónsson, one of the company's employees, helps Agnar Kofoed-Hansen bring the mail ashore