The History of Eagle Air

Eagle Air was founded in 1970 by Hördur Gudmundsson and his family to be a key transportation and security link in the Westfjords, one of the most remote parts of Iceland. The airline’s initial focus was on ambulance services.

Eagle Air also had a domestic charter flight component, which moved into the international arena in the early 1980s. Eagle Air can now reach well over 30 countries and hundreds of airports in Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia and Europe.

In the early 1990s, Eagle Air accepted key assignments from the International Red Cross to operate in Kenya, Sudan, Mozambique and Angola, delivering aid supplies to civil war stricken regions.

In 2003, Eagle Air redirected its strategy to focus on providing customers with services for transport, tourism and emergency response. Four years later, the airline expanded this strategy and launched four scheduled services to locations in the Westfjords, North Iceland and the south coast.

Today, Eagle Air remains a family operated business, committed to providing the customer with the best service at the best price. We aim to be the regional leader in providing charter flight services in our target markets.

Key Dates

  • 1970 Eagle Air is founded in Ísafjördur, Iceland.
  • 1988 Scheduled flights begin between Reykjavík and Ísafjördur in the Westfjords of Iceland.
  • 1989 First aid flights from Kenya to South Sudan begin.
  • 1991 Eagle Air delivers supplies and food in Mozambique.
  • 1994 The air supply project expands to Angola.
  • 1997 Þá flugu Ernir, a biography about Eagle Air, is published.
  • 2003 Headquarters are moved from Ísafjördur to Reykjavík to reflect the new international strategy.
  • 2007 Eagle Air launches scheduled flights to Bíldudalur, Gjögur, Saudárkrókur and Höfn.
  • 2010 Eagle Air celebrates 40 years of operation.