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Loftleidir Icelandic flying high

1964

Two years after Icelandair acquired its turboprop planes, Loftleidir Icelandic took a similar step when it updated its fleet and bought the first of five Cloudmaster DC-6B aircraft. In 1964, the company also bought two Canadair CL-44s that were named “Rolls Royce 400” after their engines. This was an interesting move - the planes were manufactured as cargo carriers.

They were “monsters”, much larger than any other aircraft used by Icelanders to date. They were adapted to carry 160 passengers and could be elongated to carry 189 people. Loftleidir Icelandic purchased four of these planes and they were enormously successful for the company. They flew countless journeys until 1971.