This scratchy image was received from Loftleidir in the
1940s. It was one of the aircraft with
which the company was
founded in 1944. The Stinson was formerly the Gulf
Note large ventral fin to counteract the side area of the floats.
routes were operated
with a motley fleet.
(This included a Stinson L-1A Vigilant, an Avro Anson
and a Noordyn
Norseman among others). In
1952 the Icelandic government split the routes up
between the two
carriers for fear that fierce competition would compromise flight
event Flugfelag were left
with their oldest (and most
profitable) routes, whilst Loftleidir were more
or less forced to withdraw
domestic market and concentrate instead on their international
took over their domestic routes. Anyway, out of this decision
York-Iceland-Luxembourg cut-rate service enjoyed by many thousands of
travelers over the
years. In fact, Loftleidir was
the world's first truly low cost airline.