The first jet

The first jet

1967

Icelandair moved forward with the purchase of Iceland's first passenger jet, a Boeing 727-100C, which arrived in 1967. The jet was specially fitted for the airline, and the passenger cabin was decorated with typical Icelandic scenes. Like the company's previous flagships, the plane - a technological masterpiece- was named “Gullfaxi.” Its passenger compartment could be made larger or smaller depending on how much freight had to be carried, making it an ideal choice for the company. However, the jet was not allowed to land at Reykjavík Airport, and as a result, Icelandair's international flights were moved to Keflavík.

The Icelandic airlines prospered on international markets during this time. Flights to Greenland were added to the growing list of routes, and the first charter flights to holiday destinations were booked. Sun-seeking Icelanders flew to the Canary Islands and Mallorca, Spain in the winter and other places in summer.