Alfreð Elíasson

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Alfreð Elíasson
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Alfreð Elíasson

16 March 1920
Died12 April 1988
OccupationPilot and Manager
Years active1944-1979
Known forForming Loftleidir Icelandic

Alfreð Elíasson (1920 - 1988) was an Icelandic businessman who founded and served as president of Loftleidir.[1]

Loftleiðir Icelandic Airlines was formed in 1944 with a single engine, three passenger plane of Stinson Reliant make, Loftleiðir grew to become one of the major carriers of the North Atlantic in the 1960s and early 1970s pioneering low-cost air travel over the Atlantic.[2]

He has had his story made into a documentary film called Alfred Eliasson & Loftleiðir Icelandic made in 2009 in Iceland, which tells the story of the airline and Alfred, narrated in Icelandic by Arnar Jónsson.[citation needed]



  • Ásgeirsson, Jakob (2009). Alfreðs saga og Loftleiða (1st ed.). Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  • Davies, Ronald Edward George (1987). Rebel & Reformer of Airways (1st ed.). Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  • Sigurgeir Orri Sigurgeirsson (Director) (May 8, 2009). Alfred Eliasson & Loftleidir Icelandic (Documentary film) (in Icelandic). Luxemburg (filming location): Heimildarmyndir.
  • "Höfðingleg gjöf frá Loftleiðum". Lögberg - Heimskringla (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. March 7, 1963. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  • "Flugfélögin taka saman höndum". Lögberg - Heimskringla (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. Oct 4, 1973. Retrieved March 3, 2017.


  1. ^ "A Plane Crash, A Glacier, And An Entrepreneur: How Icelandair Opened Up Air Travel For Everyone". Fast Company. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Icelandic Airlines History: The Country's Latest and Greatest". Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.