Giant step

Giant step

1937

Starting commercial flights in a country of just 117,000 must have been no easy task, but on June 3, 1937, Icelanders took a bold step in setting up a new, 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 purchased a Waco seaplane and named it TF-ÖRN. The aircraft arrived in Iceland in the spring of 1938 . Despite difficulties early on, domestic flights began. In this photo, Kristinn Jónsson, one of the company's employees, helps Agnar Kofoed-Hansen bring the day’s mail ashore.