Up until this time, airline passengers had to experience a great deal of discomfort. Aeroplanes took a long time to get from one country to the next for two reasons: they flew much slower than modern planes, and much lower because of pressure differences.
Travel was also sometimes physically difficult, even painful, especially when it was almost impossible to fly above weather or winds. But all this changed when Icelandair bought two Vickers Viscount 759 turboprop airliners. This purchase generated a lot of interest, and was a big step for the Icelandic aviation industry.
The new fleet members were the first Icelandic aircraft to be powered by turbines, and they came with a pressurized passenger space. While the old Skymaster planes were restricted to 10,000 feet - unless those on board used oxygen masks- the new Vickers Viscount turboprops allowed them to fly at heights of up to 25,000 feet. The Viscounts also flew considerably faster than the Skymasters, making it possible to fly to Europe and back in one day. These improvements, which cut flying time to Copenhagen by two hours, to four and a half hours, had Icelanders celebrating the acquisition of these splendid aircraft.