Flying dance hall


“It looked like a large dance hall,” said Alfred Elíasson, after his first view of a Douglas DC4 Skymaster, the plane that Loftleidir bought in 1947. This type of aircraft was often called “The Four” (Fjarkinn) in Iceland, and it was regularly used on international routes for the next decade.

The first Skymaster was named Hekla. Loftleidir, now known abroad as Loftleidir Icelandic, bought a second aircraft in 1948 and called it Geysir. In the same year, Flugfélag Íslands, or Icelandair, bought the first in its “Gullfaxi” series, also a Skymaster. These highly respected aircraft carried 46 passengers. They were Iceland’s first serious long-haul aircraft