Eight years in the making


One of the new airline's first tasks was to coordinate its two predecessors' schedules. Summer timetables remained unchanged, but a joint winter schedule was announced in September. For a while, the aircraft continued to fly under the Loftleidir Icelandic and Icelandair banners, but their sales offices were soon rationalised.

Other consolidating moves took longer to implement. Flight crews were slow to unite. For a long time they considered themselves to be Loftleidir Icelandic staff or Icelandair staff. The pilots and their crews found the process especially difficult, and it wasn’t until Flugleidir had been in operation for eight years that they finally reached full agreement