Charity flights

Charity flights

1969

Icelandic aircraft, including two of Loftleidir Icelandic’s DC-6Bs, were put to good use when war broke out in Biafra (now Nigeria) in the years 1967-70. The war caused devastating human suffering, and Nordic Christian charities tried to help by sending food to starving residents.

In 1969, a special company going by the name "Flughjálp" ("Aid by Air"), with 20% Loftleidir Icelandic ownership, 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.