Icelandair is the flag carrier and the biggest airline in Iceland. It was established in 1937 as Flugfélag Akureyrar in the north of Iceland. A year later it started its first flight operations, which were stopped a year later – the company’s first and only aircraft was destroyed. Because of this, the airline moved to Reykjavik and it was re-launched as Flugfélag Íslands, but it used Iceland Airways in international markets. After the end of the Second World War, Icelandair purchased 6 Douglas DC-3 aircraft, which improved passenger comfort massively. The airline managed to keep one airworthy up until 2011. Icelandair’s primary focus was domestic flights, until its merger in the 1970s with Loftleiðir, as the oil crisis at the time forced the two airlines to merge the businesses. In the 1990s, Icelandair established a subsidiary airline – Air Iceland Connect and left its domestic routes to the new company. The beginning of the first decade of the 21st century was quite difficult for the airline. The financial crisis hit Iceland quite hard and the airspace closures in 2010 and in 2011 because of an erupting volcano proved to be a difficult time for the airline. But Icelandair survived the hardships and its CEO was awarded the Man of the Year title by the Icelandic business community. So, if you wish to start your career in Icelandair, you know you’re in good hands. As Iceland is in a unique geographical position, Icelandair offers a one-of-a-kind service – Icelandair Stopover Pass. Passengers who board Icelandair flights are able to explore Iceland without any additional charge to their ticket. The unique geographical location also provides opportunities for Icelandair to build the airline as a connecting company between North America and Europe, while also establishing Iceland as a hub between the two continents. Considering a career at Icelandair? Do not hesitate, as career options are available for Pilots, Cabin Crew and Engineers.
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