Eagle Air (Iceland)
|Founded||Ísafjörður, Iceland (1970)|
|Headquarters||Reykjavik Airport, Iceland|
|Key people||Hörður Guðmundsson & Jónína Guðmundsdóttir|
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Eagle Air was founded in 1970 by Hörður Guðmundsson 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 and mail services. Propeller driven aircraft operated by Eagle Air included the Helio Courier, Britten-Norman Islander, Piper Aztec, Piper Chieftain, Cessna Titan, de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, Cessna 206 and Cessna 185. Eagle Air also had a domestic charter flight component, which moved into the international arena in the early 1980s. Eagle Air flew charters to airports in Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia and Europe.
According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), in 1983 Eagle Air was operating scheduled jet service with Boeing 737-200 aircraft between Keflavik International Airport (KEF) and several destinations in western Europe including Amsterdam (AMS), Düsseldorf (DUS) and Zurich (ZRH).  Eagle Air was flying Boeing 737 combi aircraft at this time which is capable of transporting a mixed load of passengers and freight on the main deck and can also be operated in an all passenger configuration. By 1989, the airline had expanded its scheduled Boeing 737-200 service to western Europe with Brussels (BRU), Geneva (GVA), Hamburg (HAM), Milan (MXP) and Munich (MUC) being added to its route network.Eagle Air also operated other jet aircraft types in the past in charter operations including the Boeing 707, Boeing 720B and the stretched Douglas DC-8-61 ("Super DC-8").
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. The owners decided to cease operations in 1995 to focus on other business ventures.
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 Árneshreppur, Bíldudalur, Höfn, and Sauðárkrókur. Eagle Air began flights to Heimaey in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) in August 2010 to fill the void when Air Iceland stopped services.
Scheduled flight destinations
From Reykjavík Airport to:
- Hornafjörður Airport (HFN) in Höfn
- Húsavík Airport (HZK) in Húsavík
- Bíldudalur Airport (BIU) in Bíldudalur
- Gjögur Airport (GJR) in Árneshreppur
- Vestmannaeyjar Airport (VEY) in Heimaey
Air Charter Services
Eagle Air has decades of experience in ambulance flights, and offers very well equipped aircraft for that type of flight, whether in Iceland or to countries across the ocean. Oxygen and oxygen masks are on board, as well as all the equipment needed to transport the patient. A doctor and/or medical crew can be arranged if requested. Eagle Air's aircraft have pressurised cabins and can fly above the weather, providing both the patient and the passengers with comfort during the flight.
Eagle Air operates freight flights to any location in Iceland, overseas or at sea.
Eagle Air has aircraft which are well suited for aerial photography, livestock inventory, and other similar projects. These assignments can be undertaken in Iceland or abroad, over land or sea.
- British Aerospace Jetstream 32: TF-ORA, TF-ORC, TF-ORD and TF-ORG - twin engine turboprop aircraft
- Cessna 441 Conquest II: TF-ORF - twin engine turboprop aircraft
- Cessna 406 Caravan II - twin engine turboprop aircraft
- Cessna 207A Stationair 8: TF-ORB - single engine piston aircraft
- Cessna 185 Skywagon: TF-ORN - single engine piston aircraft
- Dornier 328: - twin engine turboprop for 30 passengers (to be added Summer 2018)
- "Icelandic Aircraft Register". Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "History of Commercial Flight in Iceland". The Icelandic Aviation Museum. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1983 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport flight schedules
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Summer 1984 Eagle Air timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, April 1, 1989 Eagle Air timetable
- Eagle Air (Iceland) - Image Results
- "Eagle Air Launches Flights to Westman Islands". Iceland Review Online. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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