On Women's Rights Day, June 19, 1999, an Icelandic airliner was flown by an all-female crew for the first time. The captain was Geirthrúdur Alfredsdóttir, assisted by Linda Gunnarsdóttir. The flight attendants were led by the captain's sister Katrín Alfredsdóttir, and both daughters of the founder of Loftleidir, Alfred Elíasson.
Two years later, another notable flight took off with female pilots and male flight attendants, a complete reversal of the traditional roles of airline crews. At that time, Icelandair employed 240 captains and pilots of whom only eight were women.